Hear everything Henry Cejudo had to say about his possible retirement after losing his bantamweight title match to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 288.
Henry Cejudo lost by split decision to Aljamain Sterling in his bantamweight title comeback at UFC 288 on Saturday night.
The jury’s grading was very strict. “Triple C” tastes defeat by one point on one scorecard. However close he was to tasting championship gold again, the loss would derail all his plans.After the fight, Cejudo took off his gloves in the cage and asked to retire. I saw. He hinted that he certainly might when he spoke to Joe Rogan.
“It sucks. I hate losing. But it’s been three years and I don’t know where to start,” said Cejudo sadly. “I’m a little confused right now. To continue or not. If I’m not number one, I’m like Ricky Bobby.” [from Talladega Nights], if I’m not the first, I’m the last. If he didn’t beat Arjo, the biggest goal was for him to gain weight up to 145 pounds. If I don’t beat him, I don’t know where I am.”
Asked if he could return to flyweight, Cejudo replied, “No, no, no. I may be short, but look at the bulk. I’m a pretty bulky person.”
Cejudo left open questions about his retirement.
“I think we’ll go back and think about it,” he concluded. I have to talk to my wife, and this may be the last time you see me in the octagon.”
At the UFC 288 post-fight press conference, Cejudo noted the time the fight took away from his family life.
“Don’t hold, just lose weight [my daughter]ignoring her and having a training partner play with her means a lot to me,” he said. Especially the fact that the next child is on the horizon.”
However, not everything is negative. “Triple C” intrigued after 125-pound champion Brandon Moreno called out Cejudo at his 135-pound.
“I think we’ll discuss it,” he said. “I mean, if the UFC wants to put it together, there’s money talk, and there’s a sizeable budget for the two of us. You can do it, but I’m not against it.”
Cejudo retired as a double champion three years ago after defending both belts. At the time, there was ample evidence to suggest that salary was a major factor in his decision to leave the company. UFC President Dana White wasn’t interested in giving the “triple C” a big pay raise at the time. When White spoke at the post-match press conference about Henry’s possible retirement, he was out of money.
“At the time they retired, only a couple of people I tried to talk to about retiring,” White said. He looked great tonight against a much bigger, much stronger man, it’s up to him what he wants.
“I mean, I don’t think he should have retired the first time, but if he did decide to retire a second time, I probably wouldn’t argue with him.”