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Henry Cejudo lays down challenge for Frankie Edgar: ‘Bend the knee to Triple-C’

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Reigning UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo has had his eyes on a potential fight against Frankie Edgar for some time now.

Initially calling him out after claiming his 135-pound title at UFC 238 in June, the former Olympic wrestling gold medalist also took time to plant the seeds with a future clash with Edgar during on the red carpet of the 2019 UFC Hall of Fame ceremony.

While the possibility of the two fighters ever clashing seemed a little farfetched given Edgar was gearing up to challenge for UFC featherweight title, his recent announcement of dropping down to bantamweight threw gasoline on the fire, which Cejudo was more than happy to dive into.

Taking to Twitter, Cejudo not only laid the gauntlet down for Edgar but did so in venomous fashion .

“I’m out here getting my recovery done at the UFC PI as I’m going to be out for a minute,” Cejudo said . ‘Then I hear start hearing these little birdies saying that Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar wants to come down to my weight class.

“Frankie, you’re 0-5 in your last title fights. What makes you think you coming down to my weight class will be any different. Do me a favor, when you wanted [UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden] then I want you to call me out. One, because I know you’re gold thirsty and you want mine. Two, I just know you just don’t like me. But until then Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar I want you do me a favor and bend the knee to ‘Triple-C’ too.”

Edgar (23-7-1), a former lightweight champion, previously scoffed at Cejudo’s “garbage” callout while declaring he was not “looking to fight the smaller guys.”

In terms of competition, he came up short in his title fight against against reigning featherweight champion Max Holloway at UFC 240 last month. As Cejudo was more than willing to point out, this marked the New Jersey native’s fifth consecutive failed bid to either defend or capture UFC gold after previously losing to former featherweight Jose Aldo and former lightweight champion Benson Henderson twice each.

Cejudo (15-2) was last seen earning his bantamweight crown with a third-round destruction of former WSOF champion Marlon Moraes. Prior to this, the Arizona native halted former bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw’s attempt to claim the flyweight title in January.