WEDNESDAY NEWS DIGEST 1/23: Henry Cejudo looking for date with ‘biggest crush’ Nikki Bella, gets response

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Mar 11, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; WWE wrestler Nikki Bella in attendance of the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Single and ready to mingle

After knocking out TJ Dillashaw Saturday night, Henry Cejudo has his sights on more than Dillashaw’s bantamweight championship – he’s looking to get some personal time with WWE’s Nikki Bella. After sharing a flight with Bella and her twin sister Brie a couple of weeks ago, Cejudo told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani about his romantic hopes.

“Nikki Bella’s been like my biggest crush,” Cejudo said on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show. “I was sitting next to her and I’m thinking ‘how am I going to approach this?’

What he did was he used his niece’s fandom of Bella to create the opening to start the conversation. The flight ended with a nice photo-op between Cejudo and the twins, but Cejudo wants to bring things to a new level.

Playing matchmaker, Helwani put the clip out to Bella, and she responded very positively.

“What up, Henry?” Bella asked in a video sent to Helwani. “So I just saw your interview on Ariel’s podcast. Um, wow. Thank you very much. I want to say, first of all, congrats on your really big win. I would like to think that, you know, maybe possibly I was a good luck charm, meeting you on the flight. And I’m hoping maybe one day in Arizona you can train me before I get back into that ring. I think you have a few moves that you know you can show me that, you know, can really take it to the women. And, hey, I mean, I know you’re cutting weight and all, but maybe one day we could grab a drink or, I don’t know, I really should send you a bottle of Bella Vidici wine for your big victory. So I’ll do that.”

Ready to pounce on the opportunity, Cejudo responded with a video of his own. Cejudo had the following to say while having some sort of grooming done on his face. “What up, Nikki Bella? I’m getting ready for you. If you like moves, I heard you want to learn some moves. I got moves that’ll knock you off your feet, so I hope you’re ready for that.”

Let’s hope Cejudo can keep up his winning ways and get some time with his crush.

Wednesday Notebook

-The Rory MacDonald-Jon Fitch Bellator welterweight title fight and first-round Grand Prix matchup will take place on April 27 in San Jose.

Holly Holm told MMAFighting that she is interested in a championship fight with Amanda Nunes, but at bantamweight rather than featherweight.

-Paulo Costa vs. Yoel Romero will headline a UFC on ESPN event from Miami on April 27.

-Paul Craig vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu is set for UFC Philadelphia on March 30.

-Fabricio Werdum told a Brazilian website about how he saved a teen boy from drowning at a beach. His wife also shared a video.

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