Cejudo’s Career on the Line: Showdown with Dvalishvili

Everything's at stake in Cejudo's next fight

Henry Cejudo, the former Olympic champion and UFC double champion known as “Triple C,” has hinted at retirement should he lose his upcoming fight. Scheduled to face Merab Dvalishvili on February 17th at UFC 298, this marks Cejudo’s second UFC bout since his return in May 2023. He faced a split decision loss against Aljamain Sterling, and now, stakes are higher than ever. Cejudo’s career could hinge on the outcome of this match, especially with his position as a title contender at risk.

Cejudo’s illustrious career began with a monumental victory over Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in August 2018, securing his first UFC title. He successfully defended his title against T.J. Dillashaw and later conquered a second title by defeating Marlon Moraes. After defending his bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz in May 2020, Cejudo announced his retirement.


The motivation for Cejudo’s return appears complex, driven by a mix of revenge, testing his limits, and financial incentives. The upcoming bout against Dvalishvili, who boasts nine consecutive wins, is crucial. The winner is expected to challenge for the title, facing either Sean O’Malley or Marlon Vera.

UFC 298, set in Anaheim, USA, will also feature Alexander Volkanovski defending his featherweight title against Ilia Topuria in the main event.

Cejudo on the importance of the fight: “This is about the spot for the next title challenger.”

Cejudo on his comeback motivations: “Motivation is more about revenge… It’s not always about the love [for the sport].”

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