We’ve seen the last of Henry Cejudo… at least, that’s according to Sean O’Malley.
What a turn of events that would be for the former UFC ‘Champ-Champ’, who fell just short of becoming a two-time bantamweight champion at UFC 289. Cejudo suffered a razor-close split decision loss to current king Aljamain Sterling.
Experiencing defeat for the first time since 2016, Cejudo was eager to rebound, booking a quick turnaround fight against Chito Vera at UFC 292. But, that wouldn’t pan out for the Olympic gold medalist who had to withdraw from the bout due to a shoulder injury.
‘Henry Is Done For Good’
Bantamweight superstar O’Malley doesn’t think Cejudo will ever compete again after his second-straight setback.
“I think what actually happened is, Dana said ‘Hey Henry, careful though, you go out there and beat Chito, you have to fight Sean.’ I think he said, ‘oh, my shoulder…’ I think this, Henry is done for good,” O’Malley said on his podcast.
“He’s done, he is retired, not coming back. He tried to come back, no one really cared. He got paid a little bit of money. A shoulder injury, so that must have been pretty bad that he couldn’t fight. And he’s already 36.”
O’Malley On If Cejudo Didn’t Withdraw
Don’t get it twisted though, O’Malley was sad to see Cejudo’s fight against Vera get scrapped at UFC 292. ‘Suga’ noted that the winner likely would’ve gotten him, should he dethrone Aljamain Sterling on the same exact card.
“That would’ve been so sweet, though. I’d beat Aljo and it’d be Chito or Henry in December in Vegas, probably. It would’ve been a title defense, that would’ve been f*cking epic.”