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Henry Cejudo already seeing himself as a 'bad matchup' for Dillashaw or Mighty Mouse

Henry Cejudo may be fighting Chris Cariaso this week, but it sounds like he's got his eyes on bigger fish down the road.

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If the man's words are anything to judge by, UFC 177 was a humiliating experience for Henry Cejudo. Complications due to weight cutting scrapped his planed flyweight debut with the UFC against Scott Jorgensen. After the failed bout (and with a litany of weight cutting troubles in his MMA career already) Cejudo was given a choice, go to bantamweight, or don't get booked in the UFC. Cejudo chose bantamweight, and debuted against solid action-grappler Dustin Kimura at UFC on Fox: Dos Santos vs. Miocic back in December of 2014. After a fantastic first peformance, Cejudo is back at flyweight and preparing to take on recent title challenger, and 10th ranked, Chris Cariaso. He and Cariaso will face off at UFC 185, this weekend, March 14th, in Dallas, Texas.

Recently, Cejudo spoke to MMAJunkie about the move back to flyweight and his experience missing out on his UFC debut:

"Everything that happened in August really discouraged me - it really did," Cejudo told MMAjunkie. "I felt extremely bad. I felt like I let the whole Olympic movement down. I got myself a good nutritionist. I got a CT scan of my body and went back to the scientific way of doing it. I have a nutritionist living with me, cooking my food, weighing it, portioning out a lot of things, and it's very detailed now. When I hit 135, I was struggling. Now it's not even bad."
"I wanted to get back to my roots and roll up my sleeves, so I got back to training like I'm in the ghetto again," Cejudo said. "That's just what I've been doing. I've been putting myself in prison - putting myself in pain, putting myself in suffering so I can succeed. It's a good type of suffering. That suffering makes me meaner. Suffering makes me hungry. Suffering allows me to put some hurt in my opponent. It's a good thing."

Cejudo also talked about his upcoming bout with Cariaso, and how he thinks he matches up with the flyweight gatekeeper, saying "To beat Henry Cejudo, you might have to bring an AK-47 and a couple dudes." And while he wanted to "respect [Cariaso] as a fighter" he made it clear that he's already thinking about potential fights with the current champs in the bantamweight and flyweight divisions:

"I think T.J. Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson - I'm a bad matchup for both of them," Cejudo said. "I've got good standup, good wrestling, and they can talk about their super fight, but I would love to fight both of them at either weight class. I'm a competitor. Eventually after 125, I can go up and challenge (at 135)."

No doubt, Cejudo looked great in his first big step up in competition. But, Cariaso has proven he has the ability to derail prospects before. With the odds so heavily stacked against him (Cariaso is currently as high as a +461 underdog) it's hard not to think that the longtime UFC vet could play the spoiler to Cejudo's early title aspirations.

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