Henry Cejudo Responds To Brandon Moreno’s Callout, Explains Their Rivalry: ‘He Even Lived With Me’

Henry Cejudo isn't against fighting his former friend Brandon Moreno after the flyweight king called him out. 

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Henry Cejudo (Left) and Brandon Moreno (Right)(Images via Instagram @UFC and @TheAssassinBaby)

Henry Cejudo responded to Brandon Moreno’s callout after losing at UFC 288

On May 6, Cejudo ended his three-year layoff in a bantamweight championship fight against Aljamain Sterling. Although ‘Triple C’ didn’t get his hand raised, he proved that there is gas left in the tank. Shortly after losing, Moreno called out the former two-division UFC champion on Instagram by saying:

“@henry_cejudo don’t retire yet, please wait for me, I’m going to win my fight in July and then we can finish business, main event in Mexico City, I go to 135 lbs, fuck belts, just you and me in the octagon !!”

During the UFC 288 post-fight press conference, Cejudo was told about Moreno’s callout. He responded by saying: 

“I guess now everybody wants a piece of me. I guess we’ll talk about it, money talks. If the UFC wants to put it together and there’s a nice little budget there for both of us. I ain’t doing it in Mexico though, hell no. We could do it here in America or something like that, but I’m not opposed to any of that.”

Henry Cejudo explains why Brandon Moreno called him out

In 2016, Henry Cejudo coached The Ultimate Fighter Season 24 against Joseph Benavidez. One of the flyweight contestants was Brandon Moreno, who had a close relationship with Cejudo at the time. Moreno was picked by Benavidez, leading to his friendship with ‘Triple C’ being ruined.

During the UFC 288 post-fight press conference, Cejudo explained his relationship with Moreno by saying: 

“We were friends at one point. He even lived with me for a minute. I got him on The Ultimate Fighter show, that didn’t work out. We tried to pick him second… He ended up going to the other team. He ended up training with [Joseph] Benavidez and we just became unfriends. We were close at one point.”

Before worrying about fighting Cejudo, Moreno has an upcoming flyweight title defense on July 8. ‘The Assassin Baby’ is taking on Alexandre Pantoja, who holds two wins over the reigning champion, including one on The Ultimate Fighter. Only time will tell if ‘The Cannibal’ can claim the 125-pound throne at UFC 290. 

Published on May 7, 2023 at 8:26 pm
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