After yet another great victory and performance for Ultimate, held in early May, at UFC 249 , the champion of the roosters (up to 61.2kg.), Henry Cejudo , surprised viewers by announcing, early in the octagon, his early retirement in MMA. The news took many people by surprise, however, his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, believes that the athlete does not fulfill the desire and returns to active this year.
“First of all, people understand my relationship with Dana White and the UFC. I don’t talk about money publicly. I think Dana is right. I think Henry has been talking about betting. I think he will leave the sport? Definitely not, ”said Ali, in an interview with TMZ Sports.
Abdelaziz then took the opportunity to compare Henry’s situation to that of another customer, the lightweight champion (up to 70.3 kg.), Khabib Nurmagomedov . One of the biggest names in Ultimate today, the Russian has already publicly declared his desire to retire, stating that he is saturated with the training routine and commitments.
“Let’s talk about Khabib. Whenever he fights, he says: ‘I think it’s done’. Two weeks later, he says, ‘Who do you think I should fight next?‘ These guys are at their peak. Henry is reaching the top. How are you going to retire at your peak? In addition, UFC 249 did very well with pay-per-view. Could things change a little? Yes of course. But in the end, it’s between us. Between me, Henry and the UFC, ”said the businessman.
Finally, Abdelaziz guaranteed that he does not take his client’s speech seriously, even suggesting the period when the fighter will be seen again in the octagon.
“Henry has everyone at his feet right now. I don’t think he’s going to retire. You will see him fighting this summer (the season, in the United States, runs from June to September). That’s what I think ”, finished.
In his last engagement, Cejudo defeated one of the biggest names in the history of roosters, Dominick Cruz . At the time, the fighter imposed the first knockout of the opponent’s career.