‘It Is Very Shameful’- Henry Cejudo Talks About Being Humbled by One of His Toughest Opponents in UFC

Published 10/10/2021, 2:46 PM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, FL – MAY 09: Henry Cejudo of the United States looks on in the bantamweight title fight against Dominick Cruz (not pictured) of the United States during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 9, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)


The former two-division champion of UFC Henry Cejudo talked about one of the biggest setbacks in his glorious UFC career. ‘Triple-C’ said it is good to be humble in the fight game.

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The American fighter Demetrious Johnson knocked out Cejudo in the first round of the fight at UFC 197. This was Cejudo’s first loss in the UFC. He felt devastated after this loss, and it changed him in many ways.

The former two-division champion appeared in an episode of Anatomy of Fighter and talked about being humbled. He said, I respect every opponent, man, cuz what he (Demetrious Johnson) did to me for the first time we fought. Oh my god. As a fighter, it’s very shameful to get stopped to the body, you know what I mean. Because you are conscious, you’re still on your fit and your body your face like you just had enough, dude.”

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He continued, “Like you know, I was happy John McCarthy to get that dude off of me. Because he hurt me that bad and to the body. You know what I mean, and it humbled me. Like you know dude, I’m not as good as I thought, and it’s time to travel the world. It’s time to go out and get out of my comfort zone, you know. And that’s what we did. We did travel the world went out to Brazil. Went out to Holland went out to Singapore, went out to a bunch of different gyms in the US. It was like a Pokemon adventure; you know what I am saying. A lot of time being away from home, a lot of traveling all for the grand prize to be the best in the world.”

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Henry Cejudo vs Demetrious Johnson: The Two Fight Story

The 16-2 record holder Henry Cejudo made his UFC debut in 2014. He was unstoppable after his entry into the promotion. The Olympic gold medalist remained undefeated till 2011.

‘Triple-C’ was on an amazing four-fight win streak when he earned his first-ever title shot in the UFC against the flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. Unfortunately, the 34-year-old faced a devastating loss in his first title fight.

Apr 23, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Demetrious Johnson (red gloves) knocks down Henry Cejudo (blue gloves) during UFC 197 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports

However, this loss didn’t stop Cejudo, and he was determined to become the UFC champion. He bounced back into the win column with two stunning victories, which earned him a title shot again. At UFC 227, both the flyweights met inside the octagon once again for the gold strap.

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Interestingly, this time around, ‘Triple-C’ was a better fighter than he was at UFC 197. He outclassed ‘Mighty Mouse’ and won the fight via split decision and became the new flyweight champion of the UFC. Cejudo handed Johnson a loss in his last UFC fight.

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What do you make of Henry Cejudo’s words? What are your thoughts about this fight? Let us know in the comments.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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