Henry Cejudo recounts harrowing escape from fire: I was thinking this is a horrible way to die

By Tom Taylor - October 17, 2017

Earlier this month, while visiting Santa Rosa, California for a celebrity golf tournament, UFC flyweight contender Henry Cejudo found himself trapped in a hotel in the midst of a raging fire. Ultimately, after jumping multiple fences and surviving burns and other injuries, Cejudo was able to escape the blaze – but he doesn’t think other people would have been so lucky.

Henry Cejudo

“I’m talking about fire coming out the windows — like flame,” Cejudo said of the fire on the latest episode of The MMA Hour. “The whole thing is on fire.”

“I knew I was gonna get burnt,” he continued. “I didn’t mind getting burnt as long as I was able to breathe.”

“I was scared. I thought I felt adrenaline fighting. This is something I’ve never felt before. I was kind of in survival mode. I’m a fighter, I’m a wrestler. The only thing I know how to do is survive.

“I was thinking this is a horrible way to die, man. Maybe I deserve to die, but not like this.”

While Cejudo was able to escape, he unfortunately lost his Olympic medal, his Olympic ring and a belt his mentor made for him in the blaze. While these losses are unfortunate, however, he’s just happy to be alive. 

“I wasn’t even thinking about that,” Cejudo said. “I was like, man! I just dodged a bullet, man.

“I’m just happy to be alive. They’re like, ‘Aren’t you sad?’ Nah, I’m happy. I kissed the floor when i got back.”

“If God had to pick somebody to go through that, it would be me,” Cejudo said. “Because I’m here to tell the story. I don’t think your average Joe would have gotten out of there.”

Henry Cejudo is scheduled to fight Sergio Pettis at UFC 218 this December 2 in Detroit. Amazingly, this fight will go ahead as planned in spite of this harrowing ordeal. Do you think Henry Cejudo can earn another flyweight title shot at UFC 218?

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/17/2017