Is This Really The End For Henry Cejudo?
If there was any doubt that the retirement of Henry Cejudo wasn’t permanent, then recent developments seem to confirm that Cejudo is indeed gone from MMA, at least for now.
The UFC bantamweight title is now officially vacant, and Cejudo posted the following tweet on Monday:
“Thank you for the awesome experiences uncle Dana, I will forever be grateful. Thank you for taking a chance on the sport that people thought would never make it. To all my coaches and fans it been a wonderful ride. Triple C is out. #retiredontop”
Cejudo surprisingly announced his retirement following his dominant win over Dominick Cruz at UFC 249.
The former UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion leaves the sport with an overall record of record of 16-2, 10-2 in the UFC.
Cejudo suffered two consecutive defeats in 2016, a failed flyweight title challenge to Demetrious Johnson and then a controversial defeat to Joseph Benavidez.
But Cejudo recovered to end the long title reign of Johnson in 2018 and he ended his career with a 6 fight winning streak including being the latest fighter to win a title in a second weight division.
At UFC 238 Cejudo stopped Marlon Moraes to capture the vacant bantamweight title in June last year, the win over Cruz was his first defence.
Cejudo is only 33, and you have to wonder if the temptation to return to potentially capture a title in a third weight division will be too hard to resist.