Henry Cejudo is not only an Olympic champion, but also a UFC champion in two weight classes. These performances, as well as his victories against other high-profile opponents, have earned him a place at the top of the UFC. But now, despite winning his last fight, Henry Cejudo has retired from the sport. Cejudo recently spoke to Mike Tyson about retirement.
A look at Henry Cejudo’s retirement
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Cejudo began the sport later in his life than many others as he was primarily an Olympic level wrestler. However, he quickly climbed the ranks and took gold.
Then, on cue from Conor McGregor, he grabbed a belt in another weight class and won it. His last fight was a title defense against former UFC champion Dominick Cruz, whom many consider one of the best. Cejudo defeated Cruz in the second round.
With that winning streak behind him, he decided to take off his gloves and retire to the top of the world. As he said in his post-fight speech, he is retiring at the relatively young age of 33 because he made many sacrifices to get where he is today, and he has been doing so since he was 11. While some fans speculated he was just kidding, the UFC removed him from their rankings a few days later, according to MMAJunkie.
Mike Tyson and Henry Cejudo meet in Florida
Cejudo was actually on Tyson’s podcast Hotboxin ‘with Mike Tyson last year, but with his UFC career seemingly behind him, he’s having fun hanging out with Iron Mike in Florida. It’s not clear if they were together for business or pleasure, but they ended up doing some activities together.
These activities included attending a wrestling show. ESPN reported that Tyson left the house and confronted Chris Jericho on an AEW show in Florida.
Tyson wasn’t alone with Cejudo and another former UFC champion, Vitor Belfort, by his side. This could just be something funny the three men wanted to do, or it could be an indication of what Cejudo wants to do after the UFC.
However, the former champions undoubtedly talked to each other about their retirement as they both had different approaches. Cejudo retired after beating a great fighter in Cruz, while Tyson retired after losing two straight. Here’s a look at what the two might say to each other.
What Mike Tyson could teach Henry Cejudo
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‘Iron Mike’ lost his heavyweight title in 1996 and never won it back. After these losses to Evander Holyfield, his career declined slowly until he finally gave up. In 2004 he was knocked out by a journeyman, a year later he was so frustrated by his opponent that he retired on the spot.
Tyson could tell Cejudo how his career, like many other fighters, went on too long, and eventually they just ran out of them. Cejudo is much younger than Tyson when he retired as Tyson was almost 39 years old when he laid out his gloves.
If Cejudo decides to stay retired, as Tyson could possibly advise, he would have retired from the sport without taking too much damage.
Many of the best boxers and fighters in the world develop brain problems at some point after they retire. This happened to Muhammad Ali, and it can happen to Tyson too. But since Cejudo retired without too much harm, he may have saved himself from that fate. This could be a good lesson for Tyson to teach the former UFC champion.