UFC 249: Henry Cejudo Spoils Dominick Cruz’s Comeback Bid & Then Announces Retirement
Henry Cejudo stopped one of the greatest bantamweights of all time tonight in Dominick Cruz, but afterward, he announced he's hanging up the gloves.
Henry Cejudo will make headlines tonight on account of stopping Dominick Cruz at UFC 249. But, the bantamweight champ has likely dropped jaws, by announcing he’s retiring.
Cruz came out with his renowned movement. Cejudo fired in a hard leg kick moments in and then he planted a second not long after. Cejudo continued to wing leg kicks. Cruz attempted a knee but Cejudo countered with a takedown. Cruz quickly popped back to his feet. Cejudo flurried in with some hard punches that missed. Cejudo planted yet another leg kick. Cruz scored with a nice combo late in the frame.
Cruz stuck a right hand moments into round two. Cejudo continued to fire in leg kicks. Moments later, Cejudo went high with a kick but missed. Cruz scored with a nice right mid-round. Cejudo cracked Cruz with a solid right not longer after. Cruz changed levels and then fired in a left. The fighters clashed heads and a cut was opened up on Cejudo. Moments after the fight was resumed, Cejudo floored Cruz with a booming knee. As Cruz tried to get back up, the ref stopped the fight.
Cruz protested the stoppage but he did take some heavy shots. After the bout, Cejudo proceeded to announce he’s happy with his career and that he’s retiring. Shocking news.
Here are the results so far for UFC 249 which is going down in Jacksonville, Florida.
Henry Cejudo def. Dominick Cruz via TKO (knee & punches) R2, 4:58
Francis Ngannou def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik via KO (punches) R1, 0:20
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Calvin Kattar def. Jeremy Stephens via TKO (elbow and punches) R2, 2:42
Greg Hardy def. Yorgan De Castro via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Anthony Pettis def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Aleksei Oleinik def. Fabricio Werdum via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Carla Esparza def. Michelle Waterson via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 27-30)
Vicente Luque def. Niko Price via TKO (doctor stoppage) R3, 3:37
Bryce Mitchell def. Charles Rosa via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-24)
Ryan Spann def. Sam Alvey via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)