José Aldo has fired back at the UFC’s flyweight and bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo after his public call for a 135lb clash in the near future.
Of course, UFC president Dana White has made it crystal clear that Cejudo’s next outing will be a defense of his flyweight strap against Joseph Benavidez – a fight that must be taken for him to retain his dual-weight world champion status.
A host of huge names have made their wish to fight Henry clear in recent times, though, such as Urijah Faber, Frankie Edgar, and perhaps most interestingly, José Aldo.
After losing to Alexander Volkanovski in an underwhelming performance last time around, Aldo has been openly flirting with the idea of making the drop down 10lbs to bantamweight – a move that has been met with some serious questions ever since he put it forth.
Taking to his official Instagram account, Cejudo – in keeping with the ever-blossoming ‘Triple C’ character he has been embodying – called out the former featherweight king upon hearing that he is interested in making the drop to 135lbs.
“I think it’s crazy, these last couple of months that we’ve had legends like, or so-called legends like Urijah Faber, Frankie Edgar and Jose ‘Waldo’ coming down to my weight division.
“As a matter of fact, Jose ‘Waldo,’ the self-proclaimed ‘King of Rio,’ let me tell you who ‘Triple C’ is: Olympic champ, flyweight champ and now bantamweight champion of the world. I’m the king of the world. You can do me a favor, and you can bend the knee too. And one last thing, your movie sucks.”
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) August 21, 2019
Aldo was quick to fire his own attack back, seemingly accepting the challenge of the bantamweight king.
Considering that José was for a time linked with a move to lightweight, it does seem pretty unlikely that he’ll be able to shave off the mass necessary to make the 135lb limit.
Even still, if bantamweight can be made and Aldo is healthy enough to be competitive, a clash between these two powerful fighters would no doubt serve as the perfect next outing on The Messenger’s crusade through some of the sport’s biggest names.