UFC 249: Henry Cejudo announces retirement after defending title



Henry Cejudo, in a shocking move, announced his retirement Saturday after retaining his bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz at UFC 249.

Cejudo scored a contentious second-round TKO over Cruz as the UFC returned behind closed doors in Jacksonville, Fla., amid the coronavirus pandemic. The co-main event was stopped at 4:50 of the second round.

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Cejudo, a former flyweight champion, then surprisingly called time on his UFC career.

“I’m happy with my career; I’ve done enough in the sport,” Cejudo, 33, said during his postfight interview inside the Octagon. “I want to walk away; I want to enjoy myself. I’m 33 years old. I have a girl now, a man who’s watching back home. I eventually want to start a family.

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“Since I was 11 years old, I sacrificed my whole life to get where I’m at today; I’m not gonna let nobody take that away from me.”

Cruz, a two-time former titleholder, was fighting for the first time in 1,226 days. He was left frustrated by the referee’s decision to stop the bout at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.

“I’m not happy with the stoppage because I specifically asked the referee to let me go,” Cruz said. “I was on my way up. I was definitely still aware what was going on. I get there were unanswered blows, that’s part of the fight. You can’t be standing out and be knocked out at the same time.”





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