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‘Grateful’ Henry Cejudo confirms UFC retirement, leaving the sport on top

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Is he going? Is he staying? Is this all a front to get a raise? Those are the million-dollar questions when it comes to former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) dual-division champion, Henry Cejudo.

The Olympic gold medalist announced his retirement shortly after knocking out Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 a few weeks ago, shocking the combat sports world. Soon thereafter, his manager teased a possible comeback this summer, and “Triple C” recently went as far as to say he’d return for a fight against Featherweight king, Alexander Volkanovski.

Furthermore, Cejudo was left off the most-recent UFC rankings and the 135-pound strap was officially listed as vacant, leading many to wonder what was really going on. But a couple of hours later, “The Messenger” took to social media to put an end to any speculations of a comeback (for now) reiterating that he is, in fact, retired.

“Thank you for the awesome experiences uncle Dana White,” Cejudo wrote on Twitter. “I will forever be grateful. Thank you for taking a chance on the sport that people thought would never make it. To all my coaches and fans it been a wonderful ride. Triple C is out.”

Cejudo ended his farewell message with the “retired on top” hashtag, as he never lost the Flyweight or Bantamweight title. The king of cringe ends his combat career on quite a run, winning his last six UFC bouts, with his last four coming over Demetrious Johnson, T.J. Dillashaw, Marlon Moraes and Dominick Cruz.

As far as the 135-pound weight class goes, Dana White went on record to say that Petr Yan will fight for the vacant title against an opponent to be named at a later date. Perhaps the winner of this recently-announced bout gets the nod.