Sean O’Malley Has A Theory As To Why Henry Cejudo Retired

Former two division champion Henry Cejudo retired after successfully defending the UFC Bantamweight Title against Dominick Cruz at UFC 249.

Sean O’Malley competes in the UFC Bantamweight Division, which currently has no champion, and O’Malley has a theory as to why Cejudo retired.

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“I think I have the reason that he retired. I don’t know that for sure, but that’s just what I heard,” O’Malley said to Brett Okamoto of ESPN (via Adam Martin of “I feel like I’m a bad matchup for anyone in the division. I’m almost six-feet tall and I’m pretty skinny but I’m long. I was probably 150-something in the cage. I’m fast, I’m strong, I’m high-level everywhere. I don’t know if I’m disappointed that he retired. I don’t know if I’m on top, in my peak, I don’t know if I could retire. I almost feel like I’d rather lose than just retire then say, ‘I’m in the best in the world, I’m done.’ I don’t know, who knows. I think he’ll be back. I think he just found his first girlfriend and he’s just kind of, he doesn’t know what to do. Because if you’ve never had a girlfriend before and then you have one and you’re like 30-something, I don’t know, they like, take over.”

Cejudo hasn’t stated publicly why he retired, but there has been speculation that financial matters played a role in that retirement. The former two division champion has been staying active since retiring, appearing on an episode of AEW Dynamite while also hinting at a professional boxing debut.

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