Henry Cejudo shocked the fight sports activities world Saturday evening.

The UFC bantamweight champion not solely grew to become the primary man to cease Dominick Cruz with strikes, however he additionally introduced his retirement after the win at UFC 249. Cejudo (16-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) stopped Cruz within the second spherical of their co-main occasion bout at UFC 249, which happened on the VyStar Veterans Memorial Area in Jacksonville, Fla.

The choice to announce his retirement stunned many. Cejudo is arguably within the prime of his profession, having not too long ago turn into a two-division champion within the UFC.

“I talked to my mentor Dave Zowine, particularly after my shoulder surgical procedure (and) I had that point off, and man, I like freedom,” Cejudo informed reporters on the post-fight press convention. “Because of this you see me at a variety of UFC occasions. I get pleasure from these items.

“Since I used to be 11 years previous, I most likely have 600 competitions of wrestling matches in my life. That’s all I’ve ever finished. I don’t have children. I’ve lastly bought a woman now, and I wish to step into that new chapter of my life. I’ve been extraordinarily egocentric and rightfully so to acquire what I’ve obtained – can I say it once more? Olympic champ, (UFC) flyweight champ, (UFC) bantamweight champ, and I defended each world titles. And man, I wish to depart on prime. I did it in wrestling and I wish to do it now within the sport of blended martial arts. I simply don’t see myself coming again and I wish to stay king without end.”

Cejudo, 33, gained the UFC flyweight title in 2018 when he dethroned Demetrious Johnson by way of break up resolution. He considers that to be the most important spotlight of his UFC profession given the truth that many think about Johnson to be the best fighter of all time.

When requested if the announcement to retie was a negotiation plot to get extra a better financial provide from the UFC, Cejudo didn’t discard the concept of a possible return if there was a excessive provide.

Nonetheless, he did say that the choice rests extra on beginning a household since he’s been competing in fight sports activities since he was a baby. He says a possible return to the UFC is unlikely.

“(White) is aware of the quantity,” Cejudo mentioned. “However let all these bantamweights kill one another. Allow them to have enjoyable, they’re complaining that I’m choosing fights and all you must do is have a look at my resume. They’ll say no matter they need, however I’ve finished every thing. I’ve finished every thing, and man, I do really feel like I must be a part of Mount Rushmore in relation to fight sports activities.

“In fight sport I do really feel I’m the best with all that I’ve completed. In wrestling, I wasn’t the best, yeah Olympic champ, however I wasn’t the best wrestler of al time. I’m not the best fighter of all time, however while you combine my resume and what I’ve finished, I do imagine I’m on prime of that mountain. I do sincerely imagine that I’m the best fight athlete of all time and I do wish to depart on prime.”