UFC Champ Henry Cejudo has received many mixed reactions from critics about leaving 125, the division he saved, in order to capture the vacant title at 135 left behind by EPO-positive T.J. Dillashaw. However, one man who is not opposed to the idea of “Triple C” moving up in weight is his friend and former TUF 24 pupil, Matt Schnell.
“If I was the champion of the world at that weight class (bantamweight) then why cut more weight and suffer more?” said Schnell. “I get it. I understand.”
“Danger” having also fought at both Flyweight and Bantamweight, understands the physical situation of which Cejudo is in when it comes to the brutal weight cut.
“Henry’s a pretty big guy, it’s a tough cut for him, I understand why he doesn’t want to punish himself and cut the weight. I don’t blame him.”
Schnell does not look to put any critique on his TUF 24 coach regarding his decision to stay at 135 and he also does not rule out the chances of the former Flyweight king returning to his kingdom at 125 LBS.
“We’ll see what happens this weekend. I wouldn’t count out Henry Cejudo making a return to the flyweight division.”
When asked about Cejudo’s chances of retaining his second UFC title, Schnell praised the Olympic gold-medalist, acknowledging how great of a athlete he is.
“I like Henry, I’ve been in Henry’s camp before, I’ve camped with him before he fought T.J. Dillashaw. I’ve spent 6 weeks living with Henry and I got a good understanding of who he is, how great of a competitor he really is.”
“Dominick Cruz is the bantamweight GOAT, I don’t think many people call that into question. It’s a great fight, I look forward to it.”
“It’s hard to pick against Henry. I think Henry is maybe the best competitor we’ve seen in the sport so far.”
Matt Schnell expressed that he thinks fellow TUF contestant Brandon Moreno should get the next crack at the vacant flyweight title against Deiveson Figueiredo, however he looks to make a title run soon after pairing a couple of wins inside the octagon to make up from his loss to Alexandre Pantoja in his last fight.