Henry Cejudo Retires Following UFC 249 Victory

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It’s the end of an era, sort of, in the UFC bantamweight division. UFC 135-pound kingpin, Henry Cejudo has decided to call it a day and retire from the sport of MMA.

The two-division champion, who is also an Olympic champ, took on former bantamweight king Dominick Cruz in the co-main event at UFC 249. In a very entertaining fight, Cejudo was able to seal the deal with mere seconds left in the second round.

With just under 10-seconds left in round two, Cejudo landed a well-timed knee, followed that up with some ground and pound and as Cruz was regaining his position, referee Keith Peterson called a stop to the action.

The stoppage did not go without some criticism, however, it was done. At the end of the day, the referee stepped in and Cejudo was declared the champion.

Henry Cejudo retires from the sport of MMA

Following the fight, Cejudo spoke with UFC commentator Joe Rogan and said his fighting career was over.

“Joe, I’m happy with my career,” Cejudo stated to Rogan following his UFC 249 victory. “I’ve done enough in the sport, I want to walk away, I want to enjoy myself. I’m 33-years-old, I have a girl now, I eventually want to start a family. Since I was 11-years-old I have been sacrificing my whole life to get where I’m at today and I’m not gonna let nobody take that from me, so I’m retiring tonight Joe.”

Cejudo walks away from the sport with a 16-2 record and the UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion.


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Jeremy Brand is an experienced MMA writer and columnist. He is the founder of MMASucka.com, and has represented the company with media credentials at many mixed martial arts fights. Jeremy is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, training in BC, Canada.

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