After building up one of the greatest resumes of all time in combat sports, Henry Cejudo has finally decided to hang up his gloves. The decision came abruptly in his post-fight Octagon interview after securing a win against Dominick Cruz.
Cejudo battled the former champion in the co-main event of UFC 249. Cejudo ended the fight deep into the second round when he landed a knee that dropped Cruz. “Triple C” followed up with punches on his downed opponent who was still recovering. At this point, the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
The decision was debatable, as Cruz was still attempting to get back. However, what happened after Bruce Buffer announced the decision seemingly shifted the focus towards Cejudo. No one anticipated that Cejudo was about to shock the world.
Henry Cejudo has been a competitor for most of his life. He has represented his nation in the highest level of freestyle wrestling and won Gold at the 2008 Olympics. After transitioning to MMA, he was the one to weather the storm of one of the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. He put an end to the reign of Demetrius “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.
And if all of this wasn’t enough, he climbed up a weight class and added another belt to his resume. And tonight, he even defended it against arguably the greatest Bantamweight of all time – Dominick Cruz.
Cejudo’s retirement announcement was, unexpectedly, very subtle. He didn’t bring in any of his cringe antics that made the lighter divisions of the UFC relevant again. Instead, it was pure Cejudo riding off into the sunset.
“Since I was 11 years old I sacrificed to get where I am today, and I’m not going to let anyone take that away from me. I’m retiring from MMA. … Triple C is out. You don’t have to hear my a** no more,” Cejudo said while talking to Joe Rogan after the fight. He even thanked ‘Uncle Dana’ for everything that he did for him.
Cejudo’s retirement will leave a void that will be very difficult to fill for the UFC. Since he is the champion, the division will also have to look for a new titleholder. Just like the Flyweight division, the Bantamweight division will be left without a champ.
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