UFC two-weight champion Henry Cejudo will be out of action for the rest of the year to rehabilitate from a shoulder injury he sustained at UFC 238.
Cejudo locked horns with number one contender Marlon Moraes at UFC 238 last June 8 at the United Center in Chicago, with the vacant bantamweight championship on the line.
Pulling off a great come-from-behind win, the flyweight kingpin recovered from a slow start and punched his way to a third round technical knockout of Moraes.
The victory put Cejudo’s name in the history books as he became the promotion’s fourth fighter to simultaneously hold titles in two division, joining the ranks of Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, and Amanda Nunes.
But adding another chip to his collection has come with a considerable price as he suffered a shoulder injury in the process, tearing his subscapularis muscle in the first round.
Cejudo has undergone successful surgery, but the recovery will put him on the sidelines for an extended period.
Henry Cejudo has asserted himself as one of the greatest combat athletes ever. A look at what's next, and where he stands in the GOAT discussion 👉 https://t.co/OpAIiuaFQ1 #UFC238 pic.twitter.com/o3ABvtROWf
— FightingMatrix 👊 (@FightingMatrix) June 13, 2019
‘Don’t Count Me Out’
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported that Cejudo was undergoing surgery in Arizona, which will likely force him to sit out for the rest of the year.
The Olympic gold medalist also wrote an emotional post on social media about his recent setback.
“Hey Guys , Triple C here with today’s breaking news. I will be on the sidelines for the next months to come. In my @ufc Bantamweight World title fight 10 days ago, I tore my rotator cuff late in the first round .”
“In all my years of competing, I have never had an injury that requires intrusive surgery, so this is new to me.”
“Thank you Dr. Tokush at Mayo Clinic for performing a successful surgery with tremendous skill, passion , precision and care.”
“Because of you I be able to attack my rehab with confidence & the same fervor and focus as my training.”
“Everything in Life happens for a reason. This will make me better .”
“Thank you for support & Don’t count me out just yet I will be back faster than you say Olympic Champ , UFC Flyweight & Bantamweight Champ , Greatest Combat athlete of all time and Pound for Pound , Oh and lest not forget ESPY fighter of the Year.”
Henry Cejudo is undergoing left shoulder surgery in Arizona right now. He’ll be out 4-5 months before he can fully train again. More: (pic attached is one he sent moments before he went under. Poor Triple C.) https://t.co/BBXKIUn6CT pic.twitter.com/Mrjf4re8rN
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 19, 2019
Days before his surgery, Cejudo anointed himself as the new face of UFC after adding the bantamweight strap to his flyweight belt and Olympic gold medal.
“I need to meet with Dana White, too. I need a meeting with him because I need heavyweight money,” he said.
“I feel like I’m the face of the UFC now and I want to get paid like one.”
“Dana has been great to me.”
“He’s been really good. I have nothing bad to say but I want to make heavyweight money. I want to change this game.”
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) June 12, 2019
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Henry Cejudo)