Henry Cejudo Coach: Why Was Eric Albaraccin Removed by the Ex-UFC Double Champ Before UFC 298

Published 02/11/2024, 10:48 PM EST

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UFC’s former dual weight champion, Henry Cejudo, will return to action after his retirement on UFC 298. ‘Triple C’ will be locking horns against Merab Dvalishvili, who is on a 9-fight-winning streak in the UFC. On the other hand, Cejudo lost his last outing as well as the bantamweight title when he fought against Aljamain Sterling and will look to win on his return. As we approach their fight we got hold of a new developing story. Cejudo has reportedly fired his coach.

The countdown for the UFC 298 is on and Cejudo seems to be confident about his victory against Dvalishvili. Regardless, was this the right decision by ‘Triple C’ to fire his long-term coach? Let us get deep into why Cejudo had to fire his coach.

Henry Cejudo fires his long-time coach Eric from his UFC 298 camp


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Henry Cejudo and Eric Albarracin have been with each other for a decade now. Albarracin played a crucial role in shaping Cejudo’s UFC career. The coach has supported ‘Triple C’ through challenging times and contributed to his achievements as a double champ. After Cejudo’s retiremen͏t decision in 2020, ͏Albarra͏cin accompanied him into ͏a period of intense training in the ͏wildernes͏s.͏ The͏ir collabor͏ation contin͏ued, culmin͏at͏ing in͏ ͏Cejudo’s return for͏ a significant͏ fight again͏st͏ Aljamain ͏Sterling in 2023.

Cejudo lost his bout against Sterling and seems like it has struck something deep inside the former dual-weight champion. And now Cejudo is planning to not make any mistakes. ‘Triple C’ took to social media to announce that he would be parting ways with his long-time coach just weeks before the


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“You were with me from my last Olympic trials, you’ve been there for me,” Cejudo tells an emotional Albarracin. “But as of right now, I just want to let you know that for this camp, dude, I’m getting rid of specific coaches, man. That’s you included, dude,” stated Cejudo to his coach. ‘

Albarracin took the removal as a man and stated that the goal was to ensure Cejudo was at his best and he has accomplished it “The goal has always been the same,” he said. “For you to be the greatest combat sports athlete of all time. And to me, that was a dream come true.” Now that Cejudo has fired his long-time coach. a question has come up where does he train and with whom?

Where and who does Henry Cejudo train with?


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Fighting out of Scottsdale, Arizona, Henry Cejudo has dominated the field of MMA as well as the Olympics in his weight class. The fighter has won multiple gold medals including a Gold at the Beijing Olympics. Cejudo is not only a good fighter but also a good coach. The former dual weight champion has trained big personalities such as Weili Zhang, Jon Jones, and even Jiri Prochazka.

As of now, Cejudo trains at Scottsdale’s Fight Ready MMA & Fitness Gym alongside his coaches and colleagues Frankie Saenz, Roman Salazar, and Patrick Williams, with the occasional drop-in appearances by John Moraga, George Roop, and Anthony Birchak.

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Cejudo is prepping up to take on one of the biggest challenges of his career and that is the Georgian sensation Merab Dvalishvili. Cejudo might be looking at a victory but taking on Dvalishvili would not be an easy task. What’s your opinion on Cejudo’s fighting?


Written by:

Suryakant Das


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Suryakant Das is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His fascination with combat sports was sparked by gleeful moments he shared with his father watching wrestling. An ardent fan of UFC star Charles Oliveira, Surya closely follows the sport and keeps tabs on behind-the-scenes action.
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Joyita Das