Henry Cejudo defended his UFC Bantamweight Championship for the first time on Saturday, stopping Dominick Cruz in the second round via stoppage. After the fight, Cejudo announced that he retired from MMA.
The win came at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, in the co-main event of UFC 249. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the event was held without a live crowd.
“I’ve done enough in this sport and I want to walk away,” said Cejudo in his post-fight interview. “I’m ruthless. I may be cringy, corny, but boy I can fight.”
The stoppage came near the end of the second round, with Cejudo dropping Cruz with a knee to the head. Following punches on the ground made the referee stop the fight.
Cruz protested the stoppage right after it happened. He later mentioned that he didn’t want the fight to stop until he was knocked out.
“Hats off to Henry [Cejudo], I got no excuses. I shouldn’t have been caught with that knee,” said Cruz after the fight.
The first round of the fight was slow-paced, with Cejudo chipping away at Cruz with leg kicks. “Get mean with him, it’s a fight,” said Cruz’s corner to him after the first round.
In the main event of the evening, Tony Ferguson fought Justin Gaethje for the vacant interim UFC Lightweight Championship.