Henry Cejudo punts baby-like dolls with faces of opponents on UFC hit list
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Henry Cejudo was back with the ridiculous press conference antics ahead of his main event UFC 288 bout against Aljamain Sterling.
The former double champion returns to the UFC to challenge the American for the Bantamweight Championship.
The build-up to the fight has been fairly tame and respectful with the two running into each other at the UFC hotel before.
Their interaction was labelled ‘awkward’ and ‘cringe’ by fans as the two shook hands for an abnormal amount of time.
But their interaction at the pre-fight conference was anything but respectful, although there definitely still touches of cringe.
As the champion graced the stage, the challenger walked out wearing a baby harness with a few baby-like dolls strapped in.
The faces on those dolls included a few of the names Cejudo has talked about being on his hit list for his return on the UFC.
The faces of his current opponent Sterling, another contender in Sean O’Malley, and the featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski.
There was bemusement on the faces of both Sterling and UFC boss Dana White.
Cejudo went on to attempt to punt the dolls into the crowd in a pretty hilarious moment.
Fans online thought the bit was right up Cejudo’s alley, with quite a few mixed reactions.
One said: “THE KING OF CRINGE!! LET’S GO, BABY!!
Another wrote: “Cejudo sure took full advantage of the moment. I gotta give it to him, it was pretty funny.”
A third added: “Cejudo is a great fighter, but I hate his antics to death.”
The former Olympian hasn’t fought in over three years, announcing his retirement back in 2020 after defeating Dominick Cruz.
However, he’s recently revealed his motivation for returning to the support - chasing that fourth belt.
He’s targeting a huge fight with Aussie Volkanovski for the featherweight championship but wants a couple of tune-ups first.
He recently told MMAFighting: “I wouldn’t mind two tune-ups before I go against Alexander Volkanovski.”
“Sean O’Malley, he’s that dirty Q-tip, he’s a privileged brat. I think we all know that, and I’m going to hurt him.
“But first things first, Aljamain is first. I know he’s confident, but I know deep down inside that he respects me a little too much. He’s going to see that competitor once the cage locks, he’s going to look into my eyes and he’s going to see what I’m made out of.
“Sean O’Malley is next and I like that fight. I love the fact that he’s tall, I love the fact that he’s popular, and I’m going to hurt that dude."