Henry Cejudo, who is returning to retirement plans to rejoin the USADA testing pool


Henry Cejudo is back.

The ex-UFC flyweight champion and bantamweight bantamweight champ is returning from retirement. Ali Abdelaziz, his manager, will notify the United States Anti-Doping Agency on Monday to allow him to be re-entered into the drug-testing pool.

Abdelaziz confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Sunday following an initial report from ESPN.

“Henry “is one of the best fighters that we have ever seen,” Abdelaziz stated to MMA Fighting. He is a great fighter and I think fans would love to see him back. While he will be focusing on his fight stuff, I will focus on the business aspect of things.

“I believe we will see him back end of the summer.”

The 2008 Olympic gold medalist in wrestling announced his retirement in surprising fashion two years ago after defending the UFC bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz at UFC 249. That fight marked Cejudo’s sixth consecutive win, which included victories that allowed him to capture gold at both 135 and 125 pounds.

During this run, Cejudo beat Cruz, Marlon Moaes and T.J. Dillashaw. Demetrious Johnson was also defeated. This put Cejudo in contention to be the top pound-for-pound fighter of the time.

Since retiring, Cejudo has consistently teased a potential return to action, although he never actually got back into the USADA drug testing pool. All retired fighters must undergo six months of testing before being allowed to compete again.

On Saturday night, just after UFC 273 ended, Cejudo announced his plans to fight again while targeting future showdowns with reigning featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski as well as undisputed bantamweight king Aljamain Sterling.

After it became clear that

Cejudo intended to retire, he sent an email directly at Volkanovski.

” You’ve inspired my to return,” Cejudo wrote on Twitter. You couldn’t pin one tweet when it comes to wrestling. I would take you down and choke you out quicker than a [Conor] McGregor relapse. Sign the contract .”

Following his win over Petr Yan to solidify himself as the top 135-pounder in the world, Sterling also said he would be open to welcoming Cejudo back to the division after he relinquished the title when he retired from the sport.

Now it appears Cejudo is ready to restake his claim with possible fights at featherweight or bantamweight when he returns.