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Henry Cejudo ‘impressed’ by title fights to come back again from retirement

One of many solely two-time champions in UFC historical past seems to be on his manner again to the Octagon.

Henry Cejudo will re-enter the USADA drug testing pool on Monday, his supervisor Ali Abdelaziz of Dominance MMA advised ESPN on Sunday. This implies Cejudo, a former Olympic gold medalist in wrestling, is ready to come back out of retirement after two years.

Fighters re-entering the pool are usually topic to 6 months of doping testing earlier than they’ll compete once more, per UFC anti-doping coverage.

This follows two UFC title fights on Saturday evening in divisions that curiosity Cejudo, the previous UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion. Alexander Volkanovski retained his UFC featherweight title towards Chan Sung Jung and Aljamain Sterling defeated Petr Yan to unify the bantamweight title at UFC 273 in Jacksonville, Fla.

After Saturday evening’s fights, Cejudo tweeted, “I’m going again to the pool!!” Now the comeback appears to be on the way in which.

“Henry will give attention to his struggle and his coaching,” Abdelaziz stated. “He by no means stopped coaching. I actually imagine Henry can come again to win the 135 [bantamweight] title and go as much as 145 [featherweight] and win this. He would be the solely fighter in UFC historical past to win three world titles.”

Cejudo, 35, surprisingly introduced his retirement throughout his post-fight interview after defeating Dominick Cruz to retain the bantamweight title at UFC 249 on Might 9, 2020. The Arizona resident was on a six-fight profitable streak earlier than hanging up the gloves and was thought of top-of-the-line pound-for-pound fighters on this planet.

Cejudo relinquished the UFC bantamweight title on Might 24, 2020. Since stepping away from the cage, Cejudo has centered on coaching at Combat Prepared in Scottsdale, working with the likes of champions present and former MMA Deiveson Figueiredo, Jon Jones, Cris Cyborg, Zhang Weili, Jiri Prochazka and extra.

On Sunday night, Cejudo was already calling Volkanovski on social media. “You impressed me to come back again”, Cejudo tweeted. “Relating to wrestling…you possibly can’t pin a tweet….Signal the contract.”