Henry Cejudo
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Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 1/4/2020
Sidelined after shoulder surgery
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June 19, 2019
Cejudo underwent shoulder surgery Wednesday that is expected to sideline him 4-to-5 months, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
It's a devastating blow for the champ-champ, who was riding the hottest streak of his UFC career following a victory over Marlon Moraes to earn the bantamweight belt at UFC 238. Another victory in 2019 would have almost certainly locked him into any kind of "Fighter of the Year" award, but now whether or not he fights again this year is up in the air. The official diagnosis is a tear in his left subscapularis muscle -- a muscle that is part of the rotator cuff and vital to most striking movements. Cejudo will now have to halt training until this winter at the earliest, with his sights set on an early-2020 return. He currently holds both the flyweight and bantamweight belts, so it wouldn't be entirely shocking for the promotion to create multiple interim titles in his absence.
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Adds UFC bantamweight title to his personal collection
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June 8, 2019
Cejudo defeated Marlon Moraes via TKO (punches) at 4:51 of Round 3 at UFC 238 on Saturday in Chicago.
ANALYSIS
Cejudo had a lot of trouble with the striking early in this contest. Moraes had the edge on hand speed and his leg kicks were dictating the course of the fight. Towards the end of the second round, Cejudo began turning up his volume and pushing the pace. The pace took a toll on Moraes. In the third round, he was visibly exhausted and hurt. The fight went to the ground, and Cejudo started landing meaningful ground and pound. Towards the end of the round, Cejudo really started to flurry and the referee stopped the bout. Cejudo is now a two division-champion and clearly one of the best fighters in the world. He'll also go home another $50,000 richer via a Performance of the Night bonus. While he will have time to plan his next step while recovering from a likely ankle injury, he did mention names such as Dominick Cruz, Cody Garbrandt and Urijah Faber after the fight as potential future opponents. UFC President Dana White also credited Cejudo with saving the flyweight division after the event, and while the numbers at 125 pounds are dwindling, allowing Cejudo to defend both belts would open the door for additional prospective opponents.
Downplays injury rumors
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June 6, 2019
While speaking with the media Wednesday, Cejudo downplayed rumors that were circulating about a potential knee injury, Mike Bohn and John Morgan of MMAJunkie.com report.
ANALYSIS
What started as just a rumor of a Tuesday night accident seemed to gain steam when Cejudo did not participate in open workouts Wednesday, but the flyweight champion did his best to clear up any concerns. Cejudo appeared upbeat in his interview, even shadowboxing and performing jumping jacks for media members to prove he's in good health. After initially denying reports outright, Cejudo did later concede that he has "a little bump" on his right knee, but offered no indication that the bump was serious in any way. In advance of Friday morning's weigh-ins, Cejudo sits as a slight betting underdog (+110) ahead of his main event matchup against Marlon Moraes.
Booked for bantamweight title fight
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March 27, 2019
Cejudo will take on Marlon Moraes in the Bantamweight Championship bout at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago.
ANALYSIS
Cejudo is currently the flyweight champion, and with a victory over the top-ranked bantamweight fighter in Moraes, he would become one of only four fighters in UFC history to be a two-division champion. The opportunity for this fight opened up when T.J. Dillashaw, who was most recently knocked out by Cejudo in 32 seconds in their Flyweight Championship fight, was forced to vacate his bantamweight belt earlier this month following a positive drug test. With his win over Dillashaw, Cejudo will enter June's bout on a four-fight winning streak.
Starches T.J. Dillashaw in 32 seconds
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January 19, 2019
Cejudo successfully defended his UFC Flyweight Championship on Saturday, defeating T.J. Dillashaw via TKO (punches) at 0:32 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night in Brooklyn.
ANALYSIS
If that isn't enough to save the flyweight division than nothing will be. Cejudo, who has been a pro for less than six years, has now defeated Demetrious Johnson and Dillashaw in back-to-back fights in a span of just over five months. Most observers felt Cejudo needed to lean on his wrestling to win this fight and he went out and knocked out Dillashaw in just over 30 seconds. Cejudo's future hinges on the UFC's decision regarding the division. If they keep it around, Joseph Benavidez (who beat Cejudo via split decision in 2016) will almost certainly get the next opportunity at his gold. If they don't, a rematch between Cejudo and Dillashaw for T.J.'s bantamweight crown is the only fight that makes any sense. Stay tuned.
Title fight vs. Dillashaw moved up one week
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December 5, 2018
Cejudo will now defend his flyweight title against TJ Dillashaw at UFC on ESPN+ 1 on January 19, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
After being initially scheduled to headline UFC 233 on January 26, the UFC has moved this massive fight onto it's first card under their new deal with ESPN. UFC 233 is now without a headliner, however it makes sense for the UFC to want to start out strong on ESPN, and a champion vs. champion bout should draw up a lot of excitement. Cejudo title defense is very important for the division, as there have been rumors that the UFC is planning on dissolving the flyweight division, and having Dillawshaw, who is also the bantamweight champion, win the title could be the first step. Cejudo will look to use his Olympic wrestling background against the longer Dillashaw, who has a significant advantage in striking.