Wait a minute, Triple C is out? Moments after making his first defense of his UFC bantamweight championship against former two-time champ Dominick Cruz Saturday night by TKO, Henry Cejudo surprised every last MMA fan with an announcement that came out of nowhere: He's retiring from mixed martial arts. Boom. Mic drop. He's done.
At age 33, Cejudo clearly still has plenty left in the tank, but he insisted that he has nothing left to prove. An Olympic wrestling champion by age 21, he went on to win the UFC flyweight championship from all-time legend Demetrious Johnson and add the bantamweight strap to his collection as well. And now, as he wants to quit while he's on top and be a family man.
In plenty of ways, sure, it makes sense. But that doesn't mean anyone was expecting anything of the sort.
Cejudo is the King of Cringe. He makes outlandish statements to rile up the masses, flings around insults like a pro wrestling heel, and doesn't always behave in the most civil of ways. But imagining the UFC without him just won't feel quite right. Adios, Triple C! You did all the things.