Abdelaziz On Cejudo: ‘I Don’t Think Henry’s Going To Retire’
It appears we should not believe that “Triple C’s” MMA career is over. That is according to manager Ali Abdelaziz, who told TMZ Sports that Henry Cejudo isn’t done yet.
“First of all, people understand my relationship with Dana White and the UFC: I don’t think about money publicly,” Abdelaziz stated. “I think Dana’s right: I think Henry’s been talking about retirement. Did I think Henry’s going to retire? Absolutely not, I don’t think Henry’s going to retire.”
Cejudo (16-2) just recently fought at UFC 249 on May 9. He beat Dominick Cruz via TKO in the second, a fight that he asked for. In his last four fights, Cejudo has beaten Demetrious Johnson, T.J. Dillashaw, Marlon Moraes, and Cruz. Holding both the UFC Flyweight and Bantamweight Titles, the Olympic medalist decided to retire in the ring. One of his reasons was the fact that he has been competing since he was a child.
His idea is to go out on top. Cejudo also expressed a desire to compete in the Olympics. Could his retirement be a ploy to receive more money? If so, Abdelaziz might have blown his cover.
“Khabib (Nurmagomedov), right? Every time he fights, ‘I think I’m done.’ Two weeks later: ‘Who do you think I should fight next?’ These guys, they are at their prime,” Abdelaziz went on to say. “Henry’s going to be coming now into his prime. How are you going to retire in your prime?… Could things be changed a little bit? Yes, of course.”
Cejudo continues to rip on the UFC’s bantamweight and flyweight division, telling them to bend the knee. A year from now, we could very well see Cejudo back inside an octagon. We could also see him sail off into the sunset and be a man of his word. In the world of MMA, nothing is guaranteed.
Abdelaziz doesn’t even think Cejudo’s retirement will last that long. He is confident his client will return to reclaim his throne.
“I don’t think he’s going to retire, Abdelaziz stated. “You’re going to see him fight by this summer. This is what I think.”