Cruz comments on 'chirping' Cejudo, who snaps back

UFC bantamweight GOAT candidate Dominick Cruz fights Casey Kenney at UFC 259 on March 6. It will be the first time since 2014 that "The Dominator" isn't in a title fight. And he's on the prelim card, albeit at the top - the spot is reserved for fights so good that fans on the fence about coughing up $70 for five more fights are inspired to.

“That’s probably the most seen position on the entire fight card,” said Cruz during a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show. “I’ll have the most eyes on me. Like I said, I’ve had a pretty decent layoff, so let’s get me in front of a lot of eyes is what I’m thinking. At the same time, being on the prelims, that’s an ego thing. I’m not really attached to my ego at this point. I know what I am. I know the things that I’ve accomplished.”

Cruz returned from a 41-month layoff to fight then division champion Henry Cejudo at UFC 249 on May 9, 2020, and lost via TKO in Round 2. Cejudo then retired from fighting, but not from trash taunting. Cruz is not impressed.

“He retired after that to not have to face anybody but he’s still chirping,” said Cruz. “It’s not championship stuff when you do that, to me. You’re keeping yourself safe and trying to find yourself until you get the right position to come back... That target on your back, that’s what breaks champions, the target on your back over a long period of time... To me, that’s the sign of a real champion. It isn’t if you can win the belt, it’s how long can you hold it? How long can you stay at the top with that target on your back?”

Cejudo's "King of Cringe" schtick recently included a message to UFC president Dana White, in which Cejudo said no UFC champion at flyweight, bantamweight, or featherweight champions could last until the third round.

Cruz countered that the UFC has little financial interest in bringing Cejudo back.

"He has this thing where he believes he’s worth millions and millions of dollars and I think that Dana doesn’t care," said Cruz. "So probably not because he wants a certain amount of money before he’ll come back and fight, and I don’t know if he’ll ever get that.

“You look at the rest of the division, Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling - two top contenders that are fighting for the belt coming up - those guys aren’t asking for that kind of money and they’re going to bring a crazy fight to the table. So why would you bring back Cejudo, who’s playing it safe on the sidelines? For what? He doesn’t bring any extra views. If you’re a Conor McGregor, if you’re a Ronda Rousey, yes, you figure it out. But if you’re Henry Cejudo, he doesn’t bring some sort of awe factor to these fights to where everybody can’t wait to tune in to watch him. They’re just kind of laughing at him. He’s cringy.”

Cejudo responded in character.

UG, do you think Cejudo returns to the Octagon? And how does Cruz do vs. Kenney?

h/t Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting

I hope Dom doesn't look past Kenney.  Kenney is very dangerous.

* On a SideNote:  Cejudo will definitely be back as well.

He just spent all that time saying all that about Henry, mostly accurate, but CCC owned that ass in one short post.

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The cringe keeps growing on me

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CCC beats cruz 9 out of 10 times. But Cruz speaks a whole lot of truth here.

CCC beleives he's worth more than Dana is willing to pay.
CCC is trying to stay relevent by tweet, yet nothing gains any traction and people just laugh at him now.

This above all else though is 100 "It isn’t if you can win the belt, it’s how long can you hold it? How long can you stay at the top with that target on your back?”

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How do you not like Cejudo? He’s good for the lighter divisions not to mention a savage and 2 division champ.

Cruz is the man too. Hope he bounces back.

CCC didn't even beat MM. The judging in that fight was blatant fuckery.

Soul Gravy - CCC didn't even beat MM. The judging in that fight was blatant fuckery.

He beat him via decision that's how Cejudo became the flyweight champion.

I Dont care for Cruz aside from what he's done in the sport but he ain't wrong about cejudo here. The guy wins a few fights at the top the checks out and now says to line em up? Either put up or shut up. Regardless of your skill.

Hes right, it's not like ppl are fucking knocking down the door to see him fight again.  

If he would won a few more fights then it would be a different story 

Soul Gravy - CCC didn't even beat MM. The judging in that fight was blatant fuckery.

Yea it was a close one but my initial thoughts gave it to MM. Was kinda surprised he got that decision. 

Lol Cruz still bitter he got his ass whooped by the King

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Good on Henry for finding a girl shorter than he is. 

Cejudo is fuckin hilarious....can't wait for him to come back.

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Dom has always been a sore fucking loser.

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Cejudo is a beast, but the only thing he's the king of is cringe.  That said, I want to see him fight again.  

Was hoping for more of a clapback...

I think cejudo has a legitimate claim as GOAT. Would love to see him challenge for that 145 belt. 

 

I remember my first girlfriend 

Fucking egg needs to pay Triple C

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