An audience-free UFC 249 went down on Saturday night, with one of the highlights being Henry Cejudo's second-round TKO on Dominick Cruz, retaining the UFC Bantamweight Championship. However, the moment that got people talking occurred just after the fight, with Cejudo announcing his retirement from the sport.
"I'm happy with my career," Cejudo said after the bout, per 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 (White, UFC President), thank you. Everybody here, thank you so much."
White later said on SportsCenter, "it really didn't shock" him when Cejudo retired, being as he had been discuss the possibility behind the scenes. However, fans at home were taken aback, and took to Twitter to relay their surprise and pay their respects to the UFC fighter.
Cejudo retires! I didn’t see that coming. How long will this retirement last? #UFC249— Big Bob (@BigBobWins) May 10, 2020
Say Cejudo REALLY retires, he is a UFC Hall of Famer, right?— E. Casey Leydon (@ekc) May 10, 2020
Henry Cejudo retires as a double champion; a double champion with defences in both division.
One of the most unstoppable fighters in the sport. pic.twitter.com/vpAGis0nHF— Martial Law MMA (@MartialLawMMA) May 10, 2020
When you wanted Cruz to win so you don’t have to listen to Cejudo be cringe but Cejudo retires after winning pic.twitter.com/X58Ge9spAi— Mac 🇵🇷 (@macaulay_pintor) May 10, 2020