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Henry Cejudo Responds To Adesanya and Volkanovski After UFC 288 Loss, Says Number Of Title Defenses 'Doesn't Matter'

Cejudo believes his resume still stands above most of his peers even after falling short at UFC 288.

Henry Cejudo isn’t at all concerned with how his loss at UFC 288 might be perceived by current UFC champions Israel Adesanya and Alexander Volkanovski.

“Triple C” returned to the Octagon after three years away to challenge Aljamain Sterling for the bantamweight title in the main event of last weekend’s UFC 288. Cejudo gave “Funk Master” all he could handle and proved he’s still capable of hanging with the best in the UFC’s bantamweight division, but he ultimately fell short in a split decision loss.

While MMA fans had previously seen Georges St-Pierre and most recently Jon Jones return after long layoffs to claim UFC titles in a different weight class, Cejudo’s return at UFC 288 was unique in that he’d already won belts in two different divisions prior to stepping away from the sport. After suffering back-to-back losses in 2016, the 36-year-old began a six-fight win streak where he won and defended both the flyweight and bantamweight titles before retiring after UFC 249.

Henry Cejudo Shrugs Off Potential Criticism from Volkanovski and Adesanya 

Cejudo has never been shy about exchanging words with other fighters, and after rewatching the Sterling fight “Triple C” considered how some of his peers might be celebrating his loss.

Cejudo came up short but still looked impressive in his first fight after three years out of the cage. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Cejudo came up short but still looked impressive in his first fight after three years out of the cage. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

“I’m actually flattered that guy like Conor – I know Conor and Izzy and Volk, they’re probably f***ing [cheering],” Cejudo said. “But as much as I can give it, I can take it too. And I appreciate it, cause they’re watching. You know what I’m saying? I really can take it. I don’t take any of that s*** personally, anything from nobody. I’ve done my s***, I’ve reached f***ing accolades that these dudes wish they’ve accomplished. Six title defenses, nine title defenses, it doesn’t f***ing matter. I like my resume better.”

The 36-year-old stayed in the MMA headlines during his three years out of the cage by repeatedly teasing a return, and he even discussed the possibility of moving up to featherweight to fight Volkanovski and claim a third UFC title. “The Great” also made an attempt to become a two-division champion when he challenged Islam Makhachev for the lightweight title at UFC 284, but the Australian lost a unanimous decision.

Cejudo appeared unsure of his future plans for fighting immediately after his loss to Sterling, but since then the 36-year-old has made it clear he intends to continue competing and still has some lofty goals in mind before he hangs his gloves up for good.

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