June 3, 2019
For some sports fans, watching athletes who are arrogant and cocky may very well entice them to root against such players of sports. For me that’s the case with MMA fighter Henry Cejudo.
The current flyweight and bantamweight champion won a surprising championship bout with Demetrius Johnson to take the long running camp’s belt in the flyweight division. Pretty much a modest character prior to the fight, the defeat of “Mighty Mouse” apparently filled Cejudo’s head like a hot air balloon.
These days and leading up to this Saturday’s UFC 238, you will hear Cejudo on television and on social media outlets boasting about how great he is and that when he wins Saturday, he will be the best pound-for-pound fighter anywhere. In watching a UFC Road to the Octagon last night, there was the champ entering a building proclaiming, “the champ is here.” UGH.
Cockiness is a turn off but not always. Many considered Muhammad Ali as cocky, but his boasting was more for fun than he was expecting anyone to take him seriously. I think Cejudo actually believes his own hype. Beware of traveling down that road however.
The President of the UFC, Dana White, built up Ronda Rousey to get her believing she was “the most dangerous woman on the planet” and that no one could beat her. But that was all hype and not talent that made up Rousey’s successes. That proved to be the case when the former women’s bantamweight champion met the challenge of a well rounded and dangerous Holly Holm who kicked Rousey into the first stage of retirement.
In one last effort to remain relevant, Rousey then challenged Amanda Nunes and took even a worst beating and it was game over. This now seems to be the case with Conor McGregor as well. After Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor in this last fight, there has been absolutely ZERO talk about who Conor fights next. Personally I believe he is afraid to come back because he knows in his heart he’s actually not that great a fighter.
So with Cejudo, he is touting his own horn and building his own hype. A loss to Marlon Moraes this Saturday would bring all that confidence and arrogance crashing down. UFC 238 should be a great card so I’ll have broken it down on my MMA/Boxing page, and there I give you my winners starting from the bottom of the card and working my way up focusing on just the major names on the card.