09 Jun - 
'I need heavyweight money': Henry Cejudo calls for pay raise after capturing UFC bantamweight strap

CHICAGO – Henry Cejudo may have two UFC championship belts and one Olympic gold medal, but he’s still not entirely happy.

Just six years after stepping into the cage to compete in his first professional MMA fight, Cejudo (15-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) became only the fourth athlete to simultaneously hold two UFC titles when he stopped Marlon Moraes (22-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in the UFC 238 main event in Chicago.

After assessing his position following his career-defining victory, “The Messenger” realized he had risen so fast, his pay hadn’t kept pace.

Speaking to the media at the UFC 238 post-fight news conference at United Center, Cejudo said he wanted an audience with UFC president Dana White to discuss an improved paycheck.

“I need to meet with Dana White,” he said. “I need a meeting with him because I need heavyweight money.”

Cejudo, whose last officially-disclosed pay saw him earn a flat fee of $100,000 for his split-decision victory over Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227 in August 2018, says he expects bigger money for future fights, especially given his new-found status as the UFC’s latest “champ champ”.

“I feel like I’m the face of the UFC now, and I want to be paid like one,” he said. “Dana White has been great to me. He’s been really good – I have nothing bad to say. But I want to make heavyweight money. I want to change this game.”

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