Henry Cejudo ‘Not Impressed’ by Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera’s Win Over Dominick Cruz; ‘I Knocked Him Out Too’

Henry CejudoFormer two-division UFC world champion Henry Cejudo was far from impressed by ‘Chito’ Vera’s performance at UFC San Diego against ‘The Dominator.’ On Saturday night, Marlon Vera, better known by MMA fans as ‘Chito,’ scored a spectacular fourth-round knockout over two-time world champion Dominick Cruz, delivering a picture-perfect head kick that immediately flatlined the bantamweight […]

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Former two-division UFC world champion Henry Cejudo was far from impressed by ‘Chito’ Vera’s performance at UFC San Diego against ‘The Dominator.’

On Saturday night, Marlon Vera, better known by MMA fans as ‘Chito,’ scored a spectacular fourth-round knockout over two-time world champion Dominick Cruz, delivering a picture-perfect head kick that immediately flatlined the bantamweight icon. It was a statement victory for Vera who is quickly working his way towards the top of a stacked division.

While fans were mesmerized by the highlight reel knockout, not everyone watching was impressed. Taking to Twitter, Henry Cejudo shared his displeasure with Vera’s performance saying the Ecuadorian fighter could have finished Cruz multiple times and opted not to.

“[Dominick] was easily winning that fight(4-0) he leans the head too heavy and it’s the same way I knocked him out too. Chito won but I’m not impressed by his performance. Going back too much and getting point fought the whole fight. Chito could have finished him a couple times and didn’t.”

‘Triple C’ officially retired from mixed martial arts following his own second-round knockout victory over Dominick Cruz at UFC 249. Cejudo has since announced his intentions to return to the Octagon and reportedly re-entered the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) testing pool in anticipation of a highly anticipated comeback.

For ‘Chito’ Vera, the win over Cruz was his fourth straight and likely his highest profile victory. Previously, Vera earned victories over Davey Grant, Frankie Edgar, and Rob Font. Going into the bout, Vera was the No. 5 ranked bantamweight contender while Cruz sat in the No. 8 position. It remains to be seen if Vera’s win on Saturday night moves him up the list, but with four-straight victories, Vera could very well be in line for a title opportunity in the near future.

Henry Cejudo Gave ‘Chito’ Vera Advice Ahead of His Fight With Sean O’Malley

One of Marlon Vera’s biggest wins came against fan favorite Sean O’Malley at UFC 252. While O’Malley refuses to acknowledge the loss, the rest of the world saw Vera change the channel on ‘The Sugar Show.’ Henry Cejudo revealed back in 2020 that he connected with Vera and gave advice ahead of the bantamweight showdown.

“Right before he fought Sean O’Malley, I sent him a message, we aren’t even friends, but we have a lot of friends in common. I’m like listen man, the way to beat this dude is to make him fight his b-side,” Henry Cejudo said while speaking to Mike Swick. “Put him in the clinch, put him against the cage. And because of his stance because he is heavy with his left leg forward.

“I said smoke the hands and take out the f*****g kicks. Smoke the hands and just fasten that calf kick, because it’s been taking everybody out. It happened to me with Demetrious which is why I went from the karate stance to a little more neutral because people were catching on to it a little too much. We chatted.”

UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling is not sold on Henry Cejudo’s comeback: “He ain’t GSP”

Henry Cejudo, Aljamain SterlingCurrent UFC 135lb champion Aljamain Sterling has an endless list of contenders when looking at the entire bantamweight division, but would fans or UFC staff consider Henry Cejudo to be at the top of that list? In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour, Sterling broke down the Cejudo “situation” along with […]

Henry Cejudo, Aljamain Sterling

Current UFC 135lb champion Aljamain Sterling has an endless list of contenders when looking at the entire bantamweight division, but would fans or UFC staff consider Henry Cejudo to be at the top of that list? In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour, Sterling broke down the Cejudo “situation” along with his current matchup with TJ Dillashaw.

With all the contenders at 135lbs, why should Cejudo get the immediate title shot?

Former champ-champ at 125 & 135lbs, Henry Cejudo has been vocal about what he wants next in his MMA career. Having reentered the USADA testing pool in April of this year, fans and the UFC are wondering what Cejudo’s next move may be. Henry Cejudo has been very vocal in his efforts to get a high-level matchup with either 135 or 145lb champions, but he has also been chirping at other 135 contenders. With all the top ten matchups in the bantamweight division set, it will probably be exceedingly difficult for Cejudo to get a title shot against current champion Sterling.

With the matchup between Petr Yan and Sean O’Malley, along with Jose Aldo facing Merab Dvalishvili and Marlon Vera fighting Dominic Cruz this weekend, it seems unlikely that Cejudo will get what he wants for his return fight. Should Cejudo face the winner of any of those matchups and win, then nothing will hold the UFC or fans from demanding that he faces the winner of Sterling and Dillashaw. There are a lot of moving parts in this situation, so Cejudo probably shouldn’t put all his eggs in one basket and should campaign for any top ten contenders at 135 pounds to put himself in a position to challenge for the belt.

Sterling’s team talked about the potential matchup between the current champion and the former champ-champ Cejudo, but they are not sold on the idea that he is really coming back. They also compared this to Georges St-Pierre‘s comeback in 2017 and said that the former UFC welterweight champion who returned to an immediate shot at the middleweight championship against Michael Bisping after a four-year hiatus. Instead of that happening, Sterling suggested Cejudo fight someone like Dominick Cruz first.

Aljamain Sterling sat with MMA Hour’s Ariel Helwani to talk about potential Cejudo matchup and more

In a recent interview, Aljamain Sterling went into detail on the 135-pound division, along with his current matchup with TJ Dillashaw and the possibility of facing Henry Cejudo.

Sterling was not holding any words back when it came to discussing both Dillashaw and Cejudo, when TJ Dillashaw’s name was mentioned, Sterling stated that: “the guy’s a cheating little weasel and he’s been doing it for years.” Sterling will face Dillashaw in a highly anticipated matchup at UFC 280, but the champion also has his eyes on Cejudo.

Aljamain Sterling could not help but get a few words in on how he feels about Cejudo’s comeback. When Helwani asked Sterling, “Is the winner [Sterling or Dillashaw] fighting Cejudo?” Sterling’s response showed how he truly feels about Henry Cejudo reentering the top of the division. The ‘Funk Master’ stated that, “Cejudo needs to get back in the pool and fight somebody, until then no one’s going to take that guy seriously.

Sterling went into a bit more depth on the Cejudo come back saying, “He ain’t [Georges St-Pierre] GSP. He fought [Dominic] Cruz on short notice. Fight Cruz now. See what happens.” With all this said, fans and the UFC should keep their eyes on the 135-pound title fight in October along with the rest of the division, including Cejudo because as fans know far too well, anything can happen in the world of MMA.

Does Henry Cejudo deserve to skip the line of contenders, or should he fight a top 10 opponent to get a potential title fight with Aljamain Sterling?

Sterling: Cejudo “Punked” O’Malley At UFC 276

UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling has given his take on the backstage interaction between Sean O’Malley and Henry Cejudo at UFC 276. While he’s since claimed the result as a victory and is now looking ahead to a blockbuster showdo…

UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling has given his take on the backstage interaction between Sean O’Malley and Henry Cejudo at UFC 276. While he’s since claimed the result as a victory and is now looking ahead to a blockbuster showdown with #1-ranked contender Petr Yan at UFC 280, O’Malley’s International Fight Week appearance certainly didn’t…

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Cejudo To Miocic: ‘Are You Gonna Fight Fires Or Fight Jones?’

Former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo has blamed Stipe Miocic for causing a delay to Jon Jones’ return to the Octagon. Fans haven’t witnessed Jones throwing down in the steel surroundings of a cage since February 2020. Back then, &#…

Former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo has blamed Stipe Miocic for causing a delay to Jon Jones’ return to the Octagon. Fans haven’t witnessed Jones throwing down in the steel surroundings of a cage since February 2020. Back then, “Bones” successfully defended his title against Dominick Reyes via a much-disputed split decision. After deciding he’d…

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O’Malley Theorizes Why Cejudo is “Frustrated” With His MMA Career

In a recent interview with Adam Catterall of BT Sport, “Suga” Sean O’Malley theorizes that former double-champ, Henry Cejudo is sure to be “frustrated” at his lack of a following, among other choice words. O’Malley a…

In a recent interview with Adam Catterall of BT Sport, “Suga” Sean O’Malley theorizes that former double-champ, Henry Cejudo is sure to be “frustrated” at his lack of a following, among other choice words. O’Malley and Cejudo had a run-in backstage at UFC 276 following O’Malley’s NC bout against Pedro Munhoz. Cejudo interrupted O’Malley’s interview…

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Henry Cejudo Warns Not To Count Out Nate Diaz Against Chimaev

Former two-weight UFC champion Henry Cejudo warns the mixed martial arts (MMA) community not to count Nate Diaz out against Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279. It was recently announced that Nate Diaz will face off against Khamzat Chimaev in the main event of …

Former two-weight UFC champion Henry Cejudo warns the mixed martial arts (MMA) community not to count Nate Diaz out against Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279. It was recently announced that Nate Diaz will face off against Khamzat Chimaev in the main event of the upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) on September 10 in Las Vegas. It will…

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