Dominick Cruz enters the octagon after three years for a championship bout against Henry Cejudo for the bantamweight gold. Meanwhile, Henry Cejudo will look to add another name to his list to further cement his legacy as one of the greatest of all time. UFC 249 co-main event is upon us. Henry Cejudo takes on Dominick Cruz in his first title defense at the bantamweight division.
Round 1: Dominick Cruz starts off with his incredible footwork, maintaining a good distance. Cejudo connects a leg kick as Cruz backs up, trying to get the feel of the octagon after a long layoff. Those are nasty leg kicks, and Henry is looking to slow Cruz down here. Cejudo slips, but Cruz fails to capitalize. Henry earns the first takedown, but fails to keep Cruz on the ground. Cejudo looks to be in control here. Cruz is evading, but Cejudo is the one advancing, and that certainly adds up in the judges’ scorecards. Little to no exhange here in the first round, except some powerful low kicks from Henry Cejudo. Triple C takes the lead.
Round 2: Henry continues with his leg kicks. Cruz is looking a little aggressive here compared to the first round. A good kick to the body from Cejudo. Cruz lands a punch, but Cejudo is smart. Cruz swings his hands and misses. This time he connects, he beautiful right hand from Cruz. Cejudo kicks, and another. Cejudo connects a right hand, Cruz swings. Another inside kick from Henry. Cruz connects a punch. A headbutt, and Cejudo is taken to the corner after a cut on his forehead. The action resumes, and Cejudo connects a leg kick, Cruz falls and Cejudo continues with a flurry of punches. It looked like Cruz was getting up, but the referee makes the call and it’s a stoppage finish for Cejudo. It looked like an early finish, but Cejudo hurt him bad with the knee, and followed it up with some brutal shots to the head. Cruz looked almost defenseless for that duration of the fight. Triple C cements his legacy as the bantamweight GOAT. Cejudo becomes the first man to finish Dominick Cruz.
Henry Cejudo announces retirement.
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