Former two-weight UFC champion Henry Cejudo isn’t completely done with fighting just yet, as “Triple-C” is still holding out for a boxing match against Ryan Garcia.
Cejudo (16-2) announced his retirement from mixed martial arts after defeating Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 in May. “The Messenger” went undefeated in his last six UFC fights, winning and defending both the bantamweight and flyweight title in the process.
After calling out Garcia for a fight last month, Cejudo spoke recently to ESPN about why that boxing match would appeal more to him than any UFC fight.
“I think Ryan Garcia would be the easiest payday ‘Triple C’ would ever get,” Cejudo said. “It would be a lot bigger than any purse I did in the UFC. If there’s any fight that intrigues me between staying retired, between fighting … Alexander Volkanovski or fighting … Ryan Garcia, I like the payday. Plus, it’s easy money because he’s fought nobody.”
For reference, Cejudo made a disclosed $350,000 in his final UFC fight against Cruz. Judging by his comments Cejudo feels he will pocket more with Garcia than a UFC return. The highly touted 21-year-old Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) is undefeated in boxing, he fought earlier this year winning by first-round KO against Francisco Fonseca.
Regardless of what Cejudo wants Garcia has other plans, recently agreeing to fight Britain’s Luke Campbell.
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