Well, the champ has spoken.
Cejudo (16-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) recently took some potshots at Figueiredo (20-1-1 MMA, 9-1-1 UFC) winning “Fighter of the Year” awards from various media outlets. He labeled the Brazilian a “bum” and pondered whether he should come back and take the 125-pound title that he never lost inside the octagon (via Instagram):
Yo @danawhite I’m really trying to enjoy my retirement but your bum fighter of the year can’t get my name out his mouth. Even though he has that smelly belt, he knows who the best in the world is! I just want to know where did he get that Kush from? @daico_deusdaguerra
Cejudo’s comments didn’t fall on deaf ears. Just two days later, Figueiredo came back with a statement of his own, but served it up to “Triple C” in a way that left no doubt about his intentions.
Figueiredo posted a video response to Cejudo on Thursday and encouraged the former dual-division champ to try and come get his flyweight belt back (via Instagram):
Henry Cejudo, look at me, fatso. I’m going to knock you out. My middle name is ‘Danger.’
Cejudo hasn’t fought since a stoppage win over Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 in May to defend the bantamweight throne. He retired immediately after the fight, but has still remained in the MMA news cycle, whether it’s him trash talking someone or getting called out himself.
Figueiredo, meanwhile, has brought the flyweight division to a healthy position in Cejudo’s absence. He closed the year in memorable fashion, defending his belt twice in a 21-day span, albeit with a bit of an asterisk as his UFC 256 headliner with Brandon Moreno ended in a draw.