It appears that Usman is running out of viable title contenders and Cejudo has called on the welterweight champ to try and replicate him by facing off against ‘Stylebender’ for the chance to become a dual-weight UFC champion
“I’m sure if it’s the African pride, I kind of get that, but I don’t get that,” Cejudo said on the latest episode of ‘The Triple C and Schmo Show‘. “Actually, as a matter of fact, I really don’t get that. Because to me, it’s all about legacy. Somebody else in the near future is going to be able to go through the same run that Kamaru Usman did. But the difference is that can you win a second belt? And can you defend that second belt? And that’s what I want from ‘The Nigerian Nightmare.’ I want him to go up. I want him to fight ‘Izzy.’ I just believe he has a perfect style to beat somebody like ‘Izzy’ because he has wrestling.”
“You’ve already lapped the [welterweight] division, Kamaru Usman. You’ve already lapped,” Cejudo added. “ You’ve already beat Colby [Covington] twice. You’ve already beat [Jorge] Masvidal a couple times too. I mean, the winner of Masvidal and [Leon] Edwards, I mean, you’re gonna beat Edwards again. There’s only one take in my side, and that’s saying go up and fight your African brother [Israel Adesanya]. Because this is about legacy.” (Transcribed by Sportskeeda)
Henry Cejudo Might Get His Wish
Until recently, Usman has been adamant that he will not step up to middleweight until Adesanya has lost or vacated the 185lb strap. However, in the build-up to UFC 268 the welterweight champ somewhat changed his tune.
“Adesanya is my guy, that’s something me and him would have to discuss,” Usman said of a potential fight with his countryman. “There’s a difference between fighting and competing. If me and him decide we want to compete, and the UFC is throwing 100 million dollars at us, then we’ll make it happen.”
Do you agree with Henry Cejudo? Is it time for Kamaru Usman to step up to 185lbs and take on Israel Adesanya?