“The Dude Saved 57 Freaking Jobs”: Henry Cejudo Fires Back at the Critics

Published 03/17/2020, 12:52 PM EDT


When Henry Cejudo defeated “Mighty Mouse” for the UFC flyweight championship, many questioned the division’s future. However, the segment still exists today and Cejudo explained why.

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Henry Cejudo claimed the flyweight belt back in 2018 via a split decision. Although it was a big moment for the new champion, many believed that the division would not survive without the former champion. However, Cejudo proved everyone wrong when he defended his title against arguably the best bantamweight on the planet, TJ Dillashaw.

Was the flyweight division saved? Well, Cejudo moved up a weight class to capture the bantamweight belt. Because of inactivity, he had to give up his flyweight title. This month, the UFC tried to crown a new champion but failed miserably.

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Henry Cejudo believes that he saved the flyweight division

At Dominance MMA press conference, Cejudo said:

“If I wasn’t to open my mouth, the flyweight division would have been gone.”

“I took it upon myself to become the ‘Triple C’ and to make it happen. Listen to Chael Sonnen, call him ‘Triple Cringe,’ ‘Triple C,’ the dude save 57 freakin jobs.”

June 7, 2019. Henry Cejudo brings a ‘Magic Act’ to UFC 238 Media Day. This act attracted criticism from many fans.

Cejudo took over the ‘Cringe’ persona to gain the attention of the media, which the flyweights were missing. It is a talent-rich division which cannot attract the attention of the public. Some say that the lack of highlight-reel knockouts is the reason behind low viewership.

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“I’m hurting nobody,” Cejudo told the media.

Triple C acknowledged the business aspect of the sport. He believes that it is necessary to sell a fight and claimed that he has nothing personal against the fighters.

Although Cejudo receives a ton of criticism for the characters he plays, it seems like he does not plan to stop it soon. It might get him a few haters, but those haters will pay to watch him fight. On the other hand, people who understand the sport are not bothered by his act.

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Do you believe that Henry Cejudo did the flyweight division any favor by adopting the cringe persona? Or is he just rationalizing?

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Shantanu Mayenkar

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