Ali Abdelaziz reveals Henry Cejudo had a “horrible camp” for UFC 298 and fought Merab Dvalishvili with an injury

By Susan Cox - February 28, 2024

Ali Abdelaziz is revealing that Henry Cejudo had a ‘horrible camp’ leading up to UFC 298 and fought Merab Dvalishvili injured.

Henry Cejudo

UFC 298 took on Saturday, February 17th, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

On the ticket was a bantamweight bout between Henry Cejudo (16-4 MMA) and Merab Dvalishvili (17-4 MMA). The result was a unanimous decision victory for ‘The Machine’, bringing his winning streak to 10.

As for Cejudo, he’s now lost 2 in a row since coming out of retirement.

Abdelaziz, Cejudo’s manager, spoke with ‘The Schmo’ and shared the following:

“Henry honestly, he went against all of our wills and he said, ‘I sign a contract, I’m going to fight. There’s no excuse. He fought. Not taking anything away from Merab because Merab did what he needed to do.”

Continuing the MMA manager said:

“(Cejudo) pulled his groin. Henry did not wrestle, didn’t spar for four weeks before the fight. When is the last time we saw Henry Cejudo out of breath? Never. Henry Cejudo was out of breath in the middle of the first round, and he won that round.”

Concluding, Abdelaziz shared Cejudo had a ‘horrible’ camp leading up to UFC 298 (h/t MMAJunkie):

“He didn’t tell me. He hid it from me. Dave, who’s the gym owner, who’s a big brother to him, told me, his coaches told me, and he just had a horrible camp to be honest with you.”

All indications were that should Cejudo lose to Dvalishvili, he would retire (once again) from the sport.

Apparently that is not the case, in a video posted to his YouTube channel, Cejudo shared he’s not going anywhere:

“If I could change everything, I probably would never come back, but now that I’m back, I got to sh*t where I sleep. For that reason, I cannot go out like that. So I’m here today ladies and gentlemen, taking my word back as a man, confronting you guys, you the people, you my fans, you my family, you my friends, you the haters, that I just cannot go out like this. Guys, to say the least, it is far from over with the ‘Triple C.’”

Do you think Cejudo should have fought injured against Dvalishvili? Are you glad he’s not turning in the towel and who would you like to see ‘Triple C’ fight next?

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