Earlier this month, UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo retired from the sport of MMA. The two-division champion successfully defended his title by knocking out Dominick Cruz in the co-main event of UFC 249.
The retirement was shocking for many fans as Cejudo was wreaking havoc inside the Octagon. After defeated flyweight legend Demetrious Johnson in 2018, he knocked out Marlon Moraes to win the vacant UFC bantamweight title last year.
When he took on Cruz at UFC 249, it was his first fight in eleven months. The bantamweight champion was battling shoulder injuries that delayed his Octagon return. He was originally scheduled to fight, Jose Aldo in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The fight fell through because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and the UFC had to cancel the event and shift it to the US.
“Since I was 11 years old, I probably have 600 competitions of wrestling matches in my life. That’s all I’ve ever done,” Cejudo said at the post-fight press conference. “I don’t have kids. I’ve finally got a girl now, and I want to step into that new chapter of my life. I’ve been extremely selfish and rightfully so to obtain what I’ve obtained – can I say it again? Olympic champ, (UFC) flyweight champ, (UFC) bantamweight champ, and I defended both world titles. And man, I want to leave on top. I did it in wrestling and I want to do it now in the sport of mixed martial arts. I just don’t see myself coming back and I want to remain king forever.”
Henry Cejudo isn’t gonna retire: Ali Abdelaziz
Ali Abdelaziz who is Henry Cejudo’s manager stated that he doesn’t believe his client will stay retired. He stated that Cejudo is reaching his physical prime and there’s a lot of money to be made in this game.
“First of all, people understand my relationship with Dana White and the UFC. I don’t (talk) about money publicly,” Abdelaziz said in an interview with TMZ. “I think Dana’s right: I think Henry’s been talking about retirement. Do I think Henry’s gonna retire? Absolutely not. I don’t think Henry’s gonna retire.”
“Khabib right? Every time he fights, ‘I think I’m done.’ Two weeks later, ‘Who do you think I should fight next?’ Right?” Abdelaziz said. “These guys, they’re at their prime. Henry’s gonna be coming now into his prime. How you gonna retire in your prime, and the (UFC 249) pay-per-view did so well, and you’ve gotta make some money? Could things be changed a little bit? Yes, of course. But at the end of the day, this is between us. It’s between me and Henry and the UFC. I don’t think the media should know about this stuff, because people’s egos get big.”
“Henry’s got everybody on their knees right now,” Abdelaziz said. “I don’t think he’s gonna retire. You’re gonna see him fight by this summer. This is what I think.” (H/T – MMAJunkie)
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