Henry Cejudo on loss to Benavidez: Everybody keeps telling me I won

December 5, 2016 7:51 am by Tom Taylor
UFC 216

Last Saturday, the UFC returned to Las Vegas, Nevada with the finale of the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter. The card was headlined by a flyweight title fight between dominant champ Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and unsung challenger Tim Elliott. The co-main event, meanwhile, pitted top-ranked flyweights and recent Mighty Mouse victims Joseph Benavidez and Henry Cejudo against each other. It was a fantastic fight.

In the end, this action-packed co-main event would be awarded to Benavidez, who walked away with a split decision win. This result was extremely controversial, however, as Cejudo dropped Benavidez in the first, and enjoyed plenty of success in the second and third rounds. In fact, many fans believe he should have been awarded the win.

Cejudo weighed in on this controversial contest during a post-fight presser (via MMAJunkie.com).

“I need to re-watch that fight,” Cejudo told the media. “Everybody keeps telling me I won.”

“Sometimes you don’t know what the judges are thinking or what fight they’re watching,” he continued. 

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Given the competitive and controversial nature of this fight, many fans were quick to call for a rematch between the two top flyweights. Yet given that they just spent multiple weeks coaching The Ultimate Fighter together – driving each other crazy in the process – Cejudo was not especially keen on that idea.

“I know you guys may not like this answer, but I definitely need a break from him,” he laughed when asked about a rematch. “It was six months of just anticipation and waiting. Who knows what’s in store? As of now, I want to take a vacation. But I will say this: I do need a little break from him.”

“Even if I won the fight, I’d need a break from him. I really do.”

Despite his desire for a break from Benavidez, Cejudo does believe they’ll share the cage again in the future.

“I think in the future, we’ll definitely fight again sometime,” he said. 

How did you score Cejudo and Benavidez’s epic fight? Do you want to see a rematch? Sound off, PENN Nation!


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