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Caldwell: 'Henry is not a threat'

Darrion Caldwell (Photo/Bellator)

Past NCAA champion Darrion Caldwell will look to avenge his most recent loss in MMA on Friday night at Bellator 222 when he faces Kyoji Horiguchi at Madison Square Garden.

Horiguchi won by submission (guillotine choke) over Caldwell on Dec. 31 in Japan. Despite the loss, Caldwell is currently -125 betting favorite in Friday's rematch.

While Caldwell is focused on his upcoming fight against Horiguchi, a potential match down the road could be against UFC two-division champion Henry Cejudo.

Cejudo defeated Marlon Moraes on Saturday night to earn the UFC bantamweight title, to go along with his flyweight title.

Caldwell and Cejudo were teammates for Team USA in high school at the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic, which is now known as the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic. For the event, Cejudo competed at 125 pounds, while Caldwell competed at 152 pounds.

Caldwell spoke to Luke Thomas of MMAFighting.com Monday on The MMA Hour about Cejudo.

"He was just so small," Caldwell told Thomas. "I just never looked at him as a threat. I still don't look at him as a threat."

While Caldwell and Cejudo are currently in different MMA organizations, the two could eventually fight if the UFC and Bellator set up cross-promotion fights.

"Henry is not a threat," Cejudo reiterated to Thomas. "I would like that fight just because I know it would go my way. The UFC guys get more pub, everything."

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