Before leaving the cage, Cejudo declared himself the best combat-sports athlete of all time.

But, it wasn't just Cruz that was left angered, as commentator Joe Rogan immediately called it an early stoppage, as did thousands on Twitter. The former two-division champion seemed happy with his decision during the press conference, wearing a smile and laughing often during his time on the dais, but he did become serious when he spoke about his career. "I may be cringey, corny -- but boy, can I fight.". However, after the break, Cejudo was clearly not messing around, and he sent Cruz to the mat and successfully retained his title.

I’ve finally got a girl now, and I want to step into that new chapter of my life.

"I'm ruthless," Cejudo said.

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His only two defeats came at the hands of Demetrious Johnson at UFC 197 and then Joseph Benavidez at 'The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale'. UFC 249 took place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. "Cejudo has been talking about retirement to us for months.

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Cejudo immediately pounced on him and dropped a hard right hand and a series of unanswered left hands until referee Keith Peterson stopped the bout.

Every goal we've ever set, he's accomplished.

After the event, Cejudo went into more detail about his decision. Cejudo's longtime head coach, Eric Albarracin, told ESPN that he believed Cejudo was still "in his prime. I have a girl now, watching me from back home.

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“Since I was 11 years old, I probably have 600 competitions of wrestling matches in my life. Everybody here, thank you so much.". Henry Cejudo seems to be done with the UFC. His career has been so successful that Henry Cejudo has ultimately racked up a nice net worth. "Hat's off to Henry. Cruz mentioned afterward that he asked Peterson to give him leeway in the event that happened. Below you can watch the video of Cejudo announcing his news to Joe Rogan and the world. JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - MAY 09: Henry Cejudo celebrates after his victory over Dominick Cruz in ... [+] their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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I've been with him since 2004. Gaethje batters Ferguson to win UFC interim title. Cejudo (16-2) defended his 135-pound title for the first time Saturday night, as he finished Dominick Cruz (22-3) via TKO at 4 minutes, 58 seconds of the second round at UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

I want to walk away and enjoy myself. But the injury clearly did not affect him, as he quickly landed the knee after the restart. ", Cejudo appeared to echo Albarracin's point, saying at his postfight news conference, "I really do want to walk away, but money talks.". I make my home in Baltimore, MD.

His only two losses in MMA came against Demetrious Johnson, the longest-reigning flyweight champion in UFC history, and Joseph Benavidez. If this does prove to be Cejudo's final appearance, it was an impressive one. "I specifically asked the ref to let me go until I was out. "It really didn't shock me," he said. He then added the bantamweight championship to his collection one year later at UFC 238 by defeating Marlon Moraes.

© 2020 Forbes Media LLC. Cejudo won the flyweight title in 2018 with a split-decision win over longtime champion Demetrious Johnson. Uncle Dana [UFC president Dana White], thank you. "I'm happy with my career," Cejudo said.

I think if Dana White were to add another zero to his paycheck, he'd have a hard time not coming back, but maybe he just does want to move on. Just moments before the fight ended, both competitors were given a medical timeout due to a clash of heads, which opened up cuts on both foreheads. He's gotten it done. Albarracin said "there was something a little bit off this week" with Cejudo.

Cejudo leaves the sport with one defense of each title.

If he is indeed done, Cejudo has had a really good career as one of the best UFC fighters to ever fight. The 33-year-old shocked the mixed martial arts world moments later when he announced he does not intend to fight again.

Cejudo shocks UFC by retiring after TKO of Cruz. 3 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. I am a freelance writer who has covered a wide variety of topics over the years.

I'm of the belief that if you're talking about retirement in the fight business, you should probably retire.". Henry Cejudo, a two-weight champion in UFC and a former Olympic gold medalist wrestler, is apparently going out on top. If I stayed on the floor, fine. Henry Cejudo defended his bantamweight title for the first time Saturday night with a second-round TKO of Dominick Cruz, then he shocked the MMA world by … It's a somber moment, when someone retires in his prime," Albarracin said. It appears that Cejudo is now retired after defending his bantamweight title at UFC 249 against Dominick Cruz this month. ", "I only think he's getting better.

Just moments before the finish, the two clashed heads, which resulted in a cut near Cejudo's hairline.

However, that didn't last long as the referee then jumped in the way and waved the fight off, much to the annoyance of Cruz.

He became a two-division champ when he scored a TKO win over Marlon Moraes for the vacant 135-pound title. © 2020 Sports New Media Limited.

If that was to be Cejudo's last fight, at 33 years old, then he will leave the MMA world with a professional record of 16 wins and two losses. That’s all I’ve ever done,” Cejudo said at the post-fight press conference. White appeared on SportsCenter later Saturday and said he wasn't surprised by Cejudo's announcement.

In combat sport I do feel I’m the greatest with all that I have accomplished. He was clearly badly hurt, however, and his back was to Cejudo as he used the cage to help him regain his balance. You may opt-out by. No doubt the knee absolutely rocked Cruz, but to wave the fight off that quickly after he was on the mat is being deemed harsh by thousands of fans.

He's beaten every legend they set in front of him.".

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