Henry Cejudo Vacates UFC Bantamweight Title After Retirement Announcement

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 25, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - MAY 09: Henry Cejudo celebrates after his knockout 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. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
Jeff Bottari/Getty Images

Henry Cejudo has officially vacated the UFC bantamweight title after announcing his retirement at UFC 249, according to Marc Raimondi and Ariel Helwani of ESPN.

UFC released its updated rankings Monday, but Cejudo was not listed and the bantamweight champion was blank.

Cejudo, who has won titles at both bantamweight and flyweight, defeated Dominick Cruz to defend his belt before announcing his retirement in the Octagon.

"I'm happy with my career," he said, per Brett Okamoto of ESPN. "I've done enough in the sport. I want to walk away and enjoy myself. I'm 33 years old. I have a girl now, watching me from back home. Since I was 11, I've sacrificed my life to get to where I was tonight. I'm retiring tonight. Uncle Dana [UFC President Dana White], thank you. Everybody here, thank you so much."

Cejudo took to Twitter on Monday to thank White, saying he will "forever be grateful" to the UFC president:

Though many were surprised by the 33-year-old calling it quits on top of the sport, White said it wasn't a spur-of-the-moment decision.

Video Play Button
Videos you might like

"Cejudo has been talking about retirement to us for months," White said after UFC 249.

His coach, Eric Albarracin, also said he thinks the retirement was legitimate.

"I have seen this before and I know when he makes his mind up it's pretty much over," Albarracin told Damon Martin of MMA Fighting.

Cejudo was an Olympic gold medalist in wrestling before retiring early from the sport and switching to MMA. He went onto produce a 16-2 record, ending with six straight wins including four in title fights.

Though there has been no announcement about who will compete for the vacated title, White has said Petr Yan would likely get a chance, per Raimondi and Helwani. Marlon Moraes is considered the division's No. 1 contender in the latest rankings, followed by Aljamain Sterling and then Yan at No. 3.

Related

    Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal fight negotiations under way as potential main event for UFC 251

    MMA logo
    MMA

    Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal fight negotiations under way as potential main event for UFC 251

    Damon Martin
    via MMA Fighting

    Sources: UFC in negotiations for Usman-Masvidal

    MMA logo
    MMA

    Sources: UFC in negotiations for Usman-Masvidal

    Ariel Helwani
    via ESPN.com

    MMA world celebrates the 4th of July

    MMA logo
    MMA

    MMA world celebrates the 4th of July

    MMA Fighting Newswire
    via MMA Fighting

    UFC full fight video: Petr Yan knocks out Urijah Faber

    MMA logo
    MMA

    UFC full fight video: Petr Yan knocks out Urijah Faber

    MMA Fighting Newswire
    via MMA Fighting