UFC champ Henry Cejudo undergoes shoulder surgery, out for rest of year

Two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo has undergone surgery and will likely be out of action the rest of this year, according to a report from ESPN.com.

Cejudo (15-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) tore the subscapularis muscle in his shoulder, which is a part of the rotator cuff, in the first round of his title-winning fight against Marlon Moraes earlier this month at UFC 238. Cejudo’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, told MMA Junkie the recovery process will sideline him for five to six months, meaning he’s done fighting for the rest of the year.

Medical suspensions issued for the fight card in Chicago showed Cejudo needed a physician’s clearance but didn’t specify his injury.

In the days leading up to the event, Cejudo’s knee was the focus of concern after a report of an injury in training. He downplayed it as a bump. But after winning the vacant bantamweight title, Cejudo admitted he’d severely injured his ankle and thought about withdrawing from the fight. He previously injured his ankle escaping from a wildfire in California in 2017.

The injury dampens an otherwise triumphant first hald of the year for Cejudo, who became the fourth simultaneous two-division champ in UFC history by adding the bantamweight belt to his flyweight holding. After a slow start against Moraes, he rebounded to outstrike the Brazilian ex-champ for a third-round TKO. Cejudo’s win was a follow-up to a successful 125-pound title defense earlier this year against then-135-pound champ T.J. Dillashaw.

UFC president Dana White lauded Cejudo’s performance and confirmed the flyweight division will remain in existence after serious roster cuts in recent months.

For complete coverage of UFC 238, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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