Cejudo’s Retirement Talk Overshadowed at UFC 298

Cejudo's Silence Speaks Volumes Post-Defeat

At UFC 298, the MMA world witnessed the former double champion, Henry Cejudo, face a unanimous decision defeat against Merab Dvalishvili in Anaheim. Following the loss, Cejudo symbolically left his gloves in the octagon, hinting at retirement. However, his moment was cut short as he wasn’t given the opportunity to share his thoughts publicly, with the microphone notably absent in his hands post-fight.

UFC President Dana White addressed this decision post-event, emphasizing the night belonged to Dvalishvili. White’s stance was clear: Cejudo had already retired once, and this night was to celebrate Dvalishvili’s victory, not to spotlight Cejudo’s potential second retirement. White remained critical of Cejudo’s decision to take a three-year hiatus from the sport, suggesting it rarely ends well for fighters who do so.

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Cejudo, who first retired in May 2020 after defeating Dominick Cruz, had made a comeback in May 2023 to challenge Aljamain Sterling for the bantamweight title, only to face defeat. With now two consecutive losses, Cejudo’s future in MMA remains uncertain.


Dana White on Cejudo’s post-fight absence: “Henry Cejudo has already retired, okay? He did the whole thing with dropping the gloves. Tonight was Merab’s night.”

White on Cejudo’s performance and future: “You can’t take three years off in this sport. It has never ended well for anybody.”

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