UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo stated he actually plans to hold up his gloves. But when promotion president Dana White needs to maintain him preventing, cash talks.

“He is aware of the quantity, however let all these different bantamweights kill one another,” Cejudo stated after his shock retirement after defending his title in opposition to Dominick Cruz at UFC 249. “Allow them to have enjoyable, in the event that they’re complaining that I’m choosing fights.

“You possibly can say regardless of the hell you guys need, however I’ve accomplished the whole lot, and I do really feel like I ought to be a part of Mt. Rushmore in relation to fight sports activities. I do really feel like I’m the best fight athlete of all time with what I’ve achieved.”

Cejudo stated he consulted along with his longtime mentor about his determination and had a very long time to consider the selection as he recovered from shoulder surgical procedure earlier this yr. The prospect to maneuver on proved to tempting to the previous Olympic gold medalist.

“Man, I like freedom,” he stated. “You noticed me at a variety of UFC occasions. I get pleasure from that stuff. Since I used to be 11 years outdated, I in all probability have about 600 competitions of wrestling matches in my life. That’s all I’ve ever accomplished. I don’t have youngsters – lastly received a woman now. However I need to step into that new chapter of my life. I’ve been extraordinarily egocentric, rightfully so, to acquire what I’ve obtained.

“I need to go away on prime. I did it in wrestling, and now I need to do it within the sport of MMA. I need to stay king without end.”

That wasn’t the prevailing sentiment as fighter, followers and MMA observers reacted to Cejudo’s determination. Fairly just a few of them thought the transfer was nothing greater than a ploy to get a greater contract from White.

This previous December, Cejudo informed MMA Combating he would go away the game if he wasn’t paid extra by his promoter. Shortly thereafter, he relinquished the flyweight title he’d held onto throughout his damage restoration.

Cejudo stated his promoter wasn’t fully thrilled by the sudden retirement, although there have been no exhausting emotions.

The choice wasn’t a lot of a shock to White, or so he claimed on the post-fight press convention.

He’s been speaking about retiring for the final a number of months. I didn’t know he was going to do it tonight, however I knew he’s been speaking about it. And you know the way I really feel about that. For those who begin speaking about retirement on this enterprise, it’s in all probability a good suggestion. Though I believe he’s among the best on the planet.

“At first he was like, do what’s finest for you,” Cejudo stated, indicating White gritted his tooth by way of a smile. “However he’s like, ‘Sh*t, we misplaced a great one.’”

White didn’t appear overly fazed, nonetheless, throughout his flip on the post-fight presser. To the UFC exec, Cejudo had signaled his intentions for a number of months.

“I didn’t know he was going to do it tonight, however I knew he’s been speaking about it,” White stated. “And you know the way I really feel about that. For those who begin speaking about retirement on this enterprise, it’s in all probability a good suggestion. Though I believe he’s among the best on the planet.”

Cejudo indicated he’d like to begin a household and go into enterprise and actual property in his subsequent strikes. Because the youngster of a single mother, he stated he would by no means begin a household whereas making an attempt to compete professionally, and he laughed at how huge his prolonged household had grown whereas he targeted on himself.

For 33 years, that’s suited Cejudo simply high quality. However now, he stated issues have modified.

“It’s not a plot,” he stated. “After I walked away from wrestling, I utterly walked away. By no means seemed again. I barely went to a wrestling occasion, and wrestling was my past love.

“I like to do sure issues. I’m like a hen. I like to fly. I like to expertise new thinigs. I’m a conqueror. I’m corny. I’m cringey. However I’m a champ, too.”



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