Former champion believes that Poatan is afraid of Jones and suggests a fire test to level the Brazilian

Henry Cejudo goes against the grain and claims that the light heavyweight champion deals with opponents with low fight IQ

Alex Poatán celebrates victory in the UFC. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

Experienced in the world of MMA and with a flagship in Wrestling, Henry Cejudo does not hide his hesitation in betting all his chips on the talent of Alex Poatán. Despite the great success produced by the light heavyweight champion (up to 93kg), the North American wants to watch the fighter go through 'real tests' before determining what level the São Paulo native actually is in the sport.

“Only when Alex Pereira actually fights someone like Ankalaev will I say: 'ok, this guy is the…' is he the real guy? 100%, but could he pass as a well-prepared fighter? Someone who will bring the grappling fight? The IQ of the light heavyweight division, I think everyone just wants to hit. I think that’s where everything goes wrong,” Cejudo said on the podcast. 'Pound4Pound'.


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Amid expectations for Poatan to face Jon Jones In the future, Cejudo believes that the Brazilian will not pursue the idea for fear of measuring up against the heavyweight champion (up to 120,2kg).

“Anyway, Alex Pereira is not mentioning Jon Jones because I think he knows that Jon Jones there's that special sauce, called wrestling. But that being said, I want to see the fight with Ankalaev,” he concluded.

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A. Poatan and M. Ankalaev are light heavyweight standouts. Photo: Reproduction/Montage SUPER FIGHTS

Current light heavyweight king, Poatan achieved his second successful title defense after triumphing over Jiri Prochazka in revenge in UFC 303. After the confrontation, the Brazilian opened the doors to a duel against Magomed Ankalayev

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