Henry Cejudo Reveals If He Is Done With UFC After Latest Loss At UFC 298

Henry Cejudo

Former UFC champion Henry Cejudo might not be walking away after all.


Cejudo, who had stated he would retire for a second time with a loss at UFC 298, has reversed course.

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The Olympian and ex-two-division UFC titleholder suffered a decision loss to Merab Dvalishvili at the recent marquee event. He also previously retired following a win over Dominick Cruz back in 2020.

“If I could change everything, I probably would never come back,” Cejudo said (thanks to MMA Junkie for the quotes. “But now that I’m back, I got to shit where I sleep.

“For that reason, I cannot go out like that. I’m here ladies and gentlemen, taking my word back as a man. It is far from over with the ‘Triple C.'”

In his previous retirement return, Cejudo could not claim the title from then-champion Aljamain Sterling back at UFC 288 last year. This marks his second career losing streak.

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The 37-year-old became the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two different weight classes simultaneously. He also became just the second to defend two titles in two different weight divisions.

A gold medalist at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Cejudo has long been considered an elite athlete.

Following 2016 losses to Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez, he rattled off six consecutive wins. The highlight was a split decision over Johnson for the flyweight title two years later.

In 2019, he claimed the vacant bantamweight belt after finishing Marlon Moraes.

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Cejudo’s last win came in 2020 when he stopped Cruz to defend the bantamweight belt.

“What I’ve accomplished in combat sports has truly been second to none,” Cejudo said. “You guys may not like me. You may not like the schtick, you may not like the persona.

“But one thing you will say is Henry Cejudo has done shit unachievable and has lived maybe about three lifetimes in his actual life.”

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