UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo has again questioned the credentials of the No 3-ranked Petr Yan as a tit-for-tit Twitter spat continues to rage between the pair.
“My last three opponents?” Cejudo asked. “Demetrious Johnson. Probably the greatest MMA fighter of all time. Beat him. TJ Dillashaw. Probably the greatest bantamweight of all time. Beat him. Then the killer [Marlon Moraes]. He’d been knocking people out, his last three opponents.
“Petr Yan? He fought a 41-year-old retired skateboarder.”
“If you don’t like it, don’t watch,” said Cejudo, speaking at a press gathering hosted in Las Vegas by his Dominance MMA Management team.
When later quizzed by the Post as to what the game plan would be against Aldo, the American fighter said he would “pick him apart.”
“I do what I want in there,” Cejudo said. “If I want to put my elbows through his face then that’s what’s going to happen. You know he’s a legend and this fight just makes sense.”
Moraes – a stablemate of Cejudo’s at Dominance – agreed. “I think it is a smart decision,” he said. “Henry is the champion, he’s won two belts. He picked a good fight. It’s a good opponent for him. Aldo is a legend. We’ll see what happens but I think he was smart.”
The 33-year-old Cejudo is among the most active fighters across social media and he told the Post spats like the one he is actively pursuing with Yan were all part of his campaign to further his own moneymaking potential but also to draw more attention to the UFC lower weight divisions.
Cejudo believes he has the support of his fellow fighters, who like the attention – and the increased windfall.
“There is a business sense to it and sometimes I think fighters forget that,” he said. “ I’m not hurting nobody. Someone asked DJ about it all recently and he said ‘I love it.’ This is the dude that I beat. So part of the game is being an entertainer as well. I happened to save a division so I am happy with that.”