Former two-division champion Henry Cejudo has been the subject of a rumor created by Sean O’Malley that he is penniless and anxious to come out of retirement.
“I heard from someone close to Henry that he’s got like $37 in the bank and he’s literally just trying to do anything to get some money and trying to book a fight,” O’Malley said.
“I don’t know why (T.J. Dillashaw) would go into a fight that high level and fight for a title, when you’re that compromised. Unless you’re hurting like Henry, and you need some extra cheddar. That’s the only thing I could think of. I like TJ, I don’t mind the guy, but I don’t understand why you’re going through with that fight.”
“I don’t know, Henry’s like opening main card, co-main event kind of a dude. Even if him and Aljo go fight it’ll be some co-main event on some card,” O’Malley said. “It’s just hard to say. I feel like every time we talk about this guy, it’s like is he actually coming back? I don’t know, I don’t really put much thought into that.
“I can’t imagine them wanting that Aljo vs Henry — like does anybody really want that? I don’t really see (UFC) being like ‘oh we want this,’” O’Malley said.
“I really am the money fight, as far as if we’re trying to sell pay-per-views. I’ll obviously do five times whatever Henry would do.”
“I want to sit down and renegotiate my contract too because I’ve been in a lot of big pay-per-views. I know where I stand as far as selling pay-per-views,” O’Malley said. “Some people, I get it, I understand why they’re not getting pay-per-view points, but I should be.”
We think Cejudo’s decision to retire as a two-division champion was a negotiating technique to gain more money, but it backfired. After years of repeatedly calling everyone out from three divisions and returning to the USADA testing pool, UFC has mostly ignored his requests. He has yet to schedule a fight, but by the time he does, it will have been three years since his last battle and, therefore, his last paycheck.