By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Henry Cejudo went out on top. He defeated Dominick Cruz in the co main event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
Cejudo defeated Cruz in questionable fashion in the second round knockout. Cruz was not pleased with how the fight ended.
He felt like he was getting up and was about to respond when official Keith Peterson called for the fight to end. Cruz has taken some damage right before the end of the fight.
Following the win, Cejudo said that he was retiring from the sport. In his retirement speech, he thanked the UFC and said that he accomplished everything he wanted in the sport.
He said that he wanted to start a family with his girlfriend. Then made the surprising retirement announcement.
Late in the fight, Cruz was hit with a knee to the chin. Then, when he goes down, he took a right hand to the jaw.
Cejudo then hit Cruz several times with punches. Peterson then came in for a closer look.
Cruz was then on his way up when Peterson decided to call off the fight. Cruz immediately protested the end of the fight, as he was furious with the call.
Cejudo became the first fighter to knock out Cruz.
The 33-year-old Phoenix, Arizona native finished his career with a 16-2 record. Eight of his wins were by knockout and the other eight were by decisions.
“The Messenger” won his last six fights of his career.
The 34-year-old San Diego, California native has lost his last two fights. Cruz returned to the Octagon for the first-time in 1,226 days.
He did not sound like he would return to fight after this loss. If it is the end of his career, he would finish with a 22-3 mark.
Besides Cejudo, he also lost to Urijah Faber and Cody Garbrandt.
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