Petr ‘The Ugly Potato’- Henry Cejudo Apologizes for Mean Comments After UFC 259

Published 03/08/2021, 12:36 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Henry Cejudo poses for a portrait backstage after his victory during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)


Former UFC dual-weight champion, Henry Cejudo, took to social media and provided a rare apology to Aljamain Sterling for certain comments. The former Olympian was one of many who had plenty of thoughts about UFC 259’s bantamweight title fight. Chiefly, Aljamain Sterling became the undisputed champion off the back of a disqualification via an illegal knee by Petr Yan.

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The now-former champion in Yan threw a blatantly illegal strike to a downed opponent, and the fight was swiftly called off. Sterling was severely concussed after absorbing the head strike and now sits as the new champion. Cejudo amongst others wasn’t particularly sold on Sterling’s malady and ‘The Messenger’ trolled Aljamain.

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However, Henry Cejudo had a rare change of heart not too long after the tweets and apologized to ‘The Funkmaster’. He explained that seeing the belt wrapped around Sterling in such a fashion made him ‘mad’ and he sent out his apology. The video grab to his social media outlined Yan’s blatantly illegal strike as the real cause of his aggravation.

“I do want to apologize to Aljamain – I really do. I was a little upset, was a little mad. But at the same time, I was more mad that he ended up doing the interview and then the tweets and saw the pictures of him with the belt. It just rubbed me the wrong way. But at the end of the day it was an illegal strike by Petr ‘The Ugly Potato’ Yan… I want to apologize to him for some of my tweets.”

UFC bantamweights: How does the division shape up

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The course of action for the 135-pound division moving forward will see an immediate title rematch between Sterling and Yan. Their first fight showed both men to be well-matched, and fans are excited to watch them run it back. The controversial nature of their first meeting will certainly be a prominent narrative in the re-booking.

Several top bantamweights are circling the division title landscape and will have their eyes on the aforementioned rematch. Chiefly, there’s no question that with players like TJ Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen, the division is as electric as ever. The stakes are high and the UFC’s bantamweight division has definitely risen up as a moneymaker for the organization.

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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