After Saturday’s blockbuster UFC 245 card, Henry Cejudo dropped his name back into the MMA media circus by releasing one of the videos that we’ve all become far to accustom to now.
With both of his belts poolside being sported by a pair of women, Cejudo called out a fighter fresh off of a split decision loss (albeit a close one), Jose Aldo. This callout was far from uncommon being that he’s called out Dominick Cruz coming off of a loss as well as a litany of other names that seemingly don’t make sense.
With the exception of Valentina Shevchenko, in what we can hopefully consider a joke, flyweights are completely absent on the list of people Cejudo has called out. This fact is not lost on many in the division, especially Matt Schnell who looks to extend his division leading win streak with a win this weekend. Schnell feels like with all the writing on the wall, there isn’t a good chance the flyweights will ever see Cejudo again.
“Yeah, I feel like [Cejudo] won’t come back down [to flyweight],” Schnell shared. “It doesn’t look like to me that he’s coming back down. All the things he says, all the things he does leads me to believe that he’s going to stay a bantamweight.”
Of course, slightly different than a lot of the other flyweights Schnell doesn’t necessarily hold it against Cejudo. Once his coach on The Ultimate Fighter, Schnell recalled him time with Cejudo and noted that he completely understands that Cejudo is just taking care of himself.
“I’ve spent some time with him, I don’t think he’s a bad guy,” he said. “I think he’s got good intentions and he’s just trying to do what he needs to do.”
While he isn’t knocking the hustle of Cejudo, he is knocking the amount of time it’s taking for some of those decisions. In the meantime, he feels it’s important for the other flyweights throwing down at the end of the year to remind people why the division should have staying power.
“[Picking a division] is fine, but we need to figure out what’s happening,” he said. “That’s why I feel it’s up to me and Pantoja, it’s up to Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara France. We have to go out there and really push the pace, put on some good fights and show that this division has some ground to stand on.”
Ultimately, Schnell realizes that even though the flyweight division still has some work to do in order to feel stable, Cejudo did good things for the division. For that, he is thankful.
“He’s done a great job,” Schnell admits. “He’s kind of put the flyweights back on the map and I’m thankful for that.”
Schnell will look to keep the flyweights on the map this weekend against Alexandre Pantoja as part of the UFC Busan preliminary card on ESPN+.