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Henry Cejudo reacts to loss of flyweight title: “I am not being stripped”

Former flyweight champion Henry Cejudo claims he is not being stripped of his title, but that he in fact had a say in the matter

Any way you look at it, Henry Cejudo is no longer flyweight champion, but did he relinquish the title or get stripped of it?

MMAnytt reported on the news yesterday, as reports began surfacing of Cejudo being stripped of his flyweight title. Cejudo then told MMAjunkie that he voluntarily relinquished his title.

“I am not being stripped,” Cejudo said Thursday night. “I am relinquishing my title. … ‘Triple C’ is relinquishing his title to these wannabe, so-called flyweight kingpins. That’s what’s going on. I’m relinquishing my belt. Being stripped is not what I’m doing. I’m relinquishing, and you can tell them all to bend the knee.”

These sentiments were then echoed to ESPN’s Brett Okatmoto, as Cejudo claimed that he wants to focus on the bantamweight division – Where he also holds the title.


“I’m going to relinquish the belt,” Cejudo told ESPN. “UFC never stripped me. I want to relinquish the belt and focus on 135 pounds.

“I want to smash the so-called ‘King of Rio’ [Aldo], and anybody and everybody at 135 pounds. I saved the flyweight division, but they’re not saved from my wrath, because my name is still ‘Triple C.’ Allow me to remind anyone who has forgot: I am the Olympic, flyweight and bantamweight champion of the world.”

However, when MMAjunkie contacted Cejudo’s manager Ali Abdelaziz last night, he claimed they were unaware of the UFC’s decision.

“We haven’t been told anything official yet, but the UFC got to do what they got to do,” Abdelaziz MMA Junkie. “We move on.”

Regardless, Cejudo has risen to new heights in his career. While he delightfully embraces the unofficial nick name “The King of Cringe”, weather people love him or hate him he has never been more talked about than he is now.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for