- Henry Cejudo recently announced his retirement from MMA.
- The former UFC champion continues to verbally spar with Ryan Garcia.
- The Cejudo vs. Garcia fight may take place in Saudi Arabia later this year.
It’s been a few weeks since Henry Cejudo announced his retirement from MMA. That doesn’t mean he’s become quiet on social media, though. He continues to push for a boxing match with the young knockout artist, Ryan Garcia. New reports claim the Cejudo vs. Garcia fight could take place before the end of the year.
Many feel that Cejudo’s step away from combat sports is temporary. It seems he’s now interested in making the move into the boxing ring. Today, we’re going to discuss when this exciting fight could take place.
Let’s get into it!
Questions About Henry Cejudo’s Retirement Continue
Just a couple of weeks ago, Henry Cejudo was on top of the MMA world. He’d captured belts in two weight classes and was scheduled to defend his title against divisional favorite Dominick Cruz. It took Cejudo less than two rounds to finish Cruz with strikes.
Many considered Henry one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in MMA. At 33 years old, no one expected him to retire. Incredibly, that’s exactly what “CCC” announced. Immediately after his win over Cruz, the champ told Joe Rogan he was done with his MMA career.
Fans were torn on whether or not to believe Cejudo. MMA fighters are notorious for announcing retirement, only to return a year or two later. Some felt this was simply a ploy for Henry to increase his fight purses.
According to UFC Dana White, this retirement is real. Henry is tired of cutting weight, he says, and now wants to focus on new business ventures. Analysts are still debating the chances of Cejudo stepping back into the cage sometime in the future.
For now, it does seem that Henry is stepping away from mixed martial arts. His competitive spirit hasn’t dwindled, though. “CCC” is now reportedly in negotiations to fight boxer Ryan Garcia. Here’s what we know about this situation.
More Details About the Cejudo vs. Garcia Fight Are Coming Out
You can’t deny that Henry Cejudo is bold. He’s accomplished a lot over the past few years and now seems focused on diving headfirst into a new sport. For weeks, Henry and Ryan Garcia have been verbally sparring on Twitter.
It now seems like this may not be all for show. According to Cejudo, he is really pushing for this fight with Ryan Garcia to come through. He spoke with TMZ about this situation yesterday.
“I really don’t think [Ryan Garcia’s] that good. I really don’t, and I think with a proper team, the right game plan, I believe I can make him bend the knee in front of Oscar De La Hoya,” Cejudo said. “I feel like I have the tools, the power, the strength, the experience and we wanna make this happen. Ryan Garcia, you absolutely make me sick, man. I would make you bend the knee so quick, you have no idea. You can throw about 100 punches, but it only takes one of mine to make you bend the knee, so sign the contract baby!”
Cejudo went on to claim that this fight could take place in Saudi Arabia. This location has hosted several major fights recently. Leaders in this country are known for offering huge sums of money to host big fights.
You never really know what’s going on with Henry Cejudo, though. Some still feel this is nothing more than a marketing tactic. Until an official bout agreement is signed, we will never know if this is seriously being considered.
MMA vs. Boxing Odds Are Available Online
Ever since Conor McGregor fought Floyd Mayweather, fans of boxing and MMA have enjoyed discussing crossover fights. There are times when many start calling for a popular MMA fighter to take on a famous boxer. BetOnline.ag, one of the top online sportsbooks in the US, is now offering odds on several MMA vs. boxing events.
There’s a chance 2020 is the year we see several of these crossover bouts. One that’s gaining some serious steam is the Cejudo vs. Garcia fight. Odds for this bout have not yet become available.
Interestingly, odds on a proposed fight between Mike Tyson and Tito Ortiz have recently been released. Ortiz recently challenged Tyson after his training footage was released. Ortiz is listed as the +300 underdog in this proposed bout. Tyson comes in as the -400 favorite.
Another one of these fights is between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Floyd Mayweather. Both are considered pound-for-pound greats in their respective sports. Mayweather is listed as the -1200 favorite in this bout. Khabib is known more as a grappler and comes into this one with odds to win of +700.
2020 is already shaping up to be a fascinating year for combat sports. The UFC is now back up and running. Hopefully, we see major boxing events start taking place within the next couple of months.
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