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Triple C is close to returning, so check our Henry Cejudo next opponent odds

When Henry Cejudo beat Dominick Cruz and retired at UFC 249, it seemed inevitable “The Messenger” wouldn’t be out of the Octagon very long. That suspicion turned fact in May when it was reported Cejudo re-entered the USADA’s drug testing pool.

The former flyweight and bantamweight champ must remain in the USADA’s testing pool for a minimum of six months — which delays his return until at least October — but Bodog still has you covered for Cejudo next opponent odds. 

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Right now, the sportsbooks peg Aljamain Sterling (+325) and T.J. Dillashaw (+325) as the two co-favorites in the odds to be Cejudo’s next opponent. Of course, the two are competing for the bantamweight strap in September and we have the Sterling vs Dillashaw odds here.

Current featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski — who has yet to book his next opponent — trails in third place at +450. 

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Cejudo Next Opponent Odds

FighterCurrent Odds
Aljamain Sterling+325
T.J. Dillashaw+325
Alexander Volkanovski+450
Deiveson Figueiredo+600
Petr Yan+600
Max Holloway+650
Brandon Moreno+750
Edson Barboza+1000
Jose Aldo+1000
Conor McGregor+2500

Odds as of July 15 at Bodog

Why Are Dillashaw & Sterling Favored To Be Cejudo’s Next Opponent?

This one doesn’t take rocket science to calculate. Sterling and Dillashaw are set to fight for the bantamweight title later this year, which lines up Cejudo as an obvious candidate to face the winner. An instant title shot would give him a chance to reclaim the belt he gave up once he retired.

Sterling has expressed interest in fighting Triple C, calling that fight “the toughest matchup” because of Cejudo’s intense wrestling background. Since the two bantamweights boast similar skill sets, Aljo suggested that a prospective showdown with Cejudo would be settled on the feet, something MMA fans would love to see.

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Dillashaw, on the other hand, has a history with Cejudo. Cejudo finished T.J. at UFC Fight Night Brooklyn in a controversial UFC flyweight title bout tainted by the challenger’s failed drug test. There’s a clear interest in running that matchup back, which is why we see Dillashaw so high in the odds to be Cejudo’s next opponent. 

Cejudo Next Opponent Odds: Best Bet

Petr Yan (+600)

After a bit of a disappointing showing vs Sterling at UFC 273, Yan can’t afford to sit idle while the top two bantamweights slug it out for UFC gold. The 29-year-old needs to restore his reputation as a savage at 135 pounds. A fight against Cejudo can accomplish this.  

Win or lose, “No Mercy” will eventually contend for the bantamweight title again one day, so at this point in his career, Yan should focus on sharpening his skill set, which got exposed in his last bout with Sterling.

He spent far too much time with Aljo on his back at UFC 273. There’s a desperate need for him to improve his wrestling and his energy when the fight hits the mat. As one of the UFC’s most esteemed wrestlers, Cejudo certainly won’t take it easy on Yan. If the bout turns into a striking match, though, there’s a case to argue the Russian holds a staunch advantage.

Bantamweight seems like the proper division for Cejudo to return to. When we combine that with some exciting stylistic contrasts, there’s plenty to love with Yan at +600 in the Cejudo next opponent odds.