Dominick Cruz, Urijah Faber, Cody Garbrandt respond to Henry Cejudo's post-UFC 238 callout
Henry Cejudo issued his hit list after defeating Marlon Moraes to become a simultaneous two-division champion at UFC 238.
Following his third-round TKO of Moraes (22-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) to capture the vacant bantamweight title in Saturday’s headliner, Cejudo (15-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) got on the microphone with Joe Rogan and said he had some specific names he wants to fight: Dominick Cruz, Urijah Faber and Cody Garbrandt.
All three men clearly payed attention, because it didn’t take long for them to issue responses – and one of them came face-to-face.
Cejudo went on the UFC 238 post-fight show on ESPN+ where ex-champ Cruz (22-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) was one of the analysts. Cejudo and Cruz were more than respectful toward one another, detailing the fact they have a relationship dating back to their childhood.
Nevertheless, Cruz said he would be more than willing to do the fight once he returns from injury.
“I respect you,” Cruz said. “Especially calling me out after you won your two belts, that’s probably a good time to have the confidence to try to do it. So that makes sense. I’m going to come back from this shoulder injury, and if you would pardon me with the opportunity, it would be my honor.”
The reactions from Team Alpha Male teammates Faber (34-10 MMA, 10-6 UFC) and Garbrandt (11-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) came on social media. Both were impressed by Cejudo’s victory and naturally were on board for a chance to challenge for the belt (via Instagram and Twitter):
What a fight! Congrats @henry_cejudo still remember our convo 10 years ago.
Congrats @HenryCejudo good call out you know I’m the biggest drawl in the division. I’ll be back to the top soon
Following UFC 238, it was widely believed that either Aljamain Sterling or Petr Yan – both winners on Saturday night – could challenge for the 135-pound title. So why didn’t Cejudo even bother to bring them up?
“Because those are legends, man,” Cejudo said during the post-event news conference. “I want big fights. I’m on a legends rampage. That’s what I want. I’m a legend killer. … You guys wouldn’t like Dominick Cruz vs. Henry Cejudo? Right? Doesn’t that sound exciting?”