Henry Cejudo's Speaks on His Competitive Spirit: 'If I’m Not First, I’m f*king Last'
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The former two-weight champion and Olympic winner, Henry Cejudo, was unable to reclaim his throne after a prolonged absence from the sport. Despite being heavily favored by many, the judges ultimately awarded the close rounds to the reigning champion, Aljamain Sterling.
In a somber press conference following the bout, Cejudo expressed his disappointment with his performance and the outcome of the fight. He acknowledged Sterling's victory, saying, "It was close, but Aljamain did his job. He got the victory.
It sucks. I hate losing, but it’s also been three years. I just don’t know where to take it from here. I’m a little confused right now."
The Search for Greatness
Cejudo, known for his competitive nature, went on to reflect on his career and goals, saying, "I’m such a fcking competitor.
I don’t think people realize that. To me, it’s all or nothing. If I’m not first, I’m fcking last." He added, "I’m out to chase greatness, man. I’m just not out here to fight just to fight, to hear the crowd roar.
My dream is just to reach mountains that nobody’s ever climbed." The defeat, however, has left Cejudo unsure of his future in the sport. He revealed, "I’ve got to go back and think about what it is that I want to do.
Sometimes you make your own bed, and that’s what happens." With his wife's pregnancy and the arrival of a new child on the horizon, Cejudo expressed the importance of spending time with his family, saying, "The time with my kid means the world to me, especially the fact that I have another one on the way." Cejudo's career up until this point had been almost impeccable.
He defeated Demetrius Johnson, widely considered the best flyweight fighter of all time, for the flyweight title, and went on to defeat T.J. Dillashaw, Marlon Moraes, and Dominick Cruz. Had he won the fight against Sterling, Cejudo would have mirrored Georges St-Pierre's comeback in which he won the middleweight belt after a long break before retiring.
Unfortunately, that was not to be the case. Cejudo's defeat to Sterling marks a turning point in his career and raises questions about his future in the sport. As he reflects on his goals and priorities, only time will tell what the future holds for the former champion.