Henry Cejudo is set to storm the UFC octagon after about three years. However, things seem to have taken a bleak turn as he looks to take on Aljamain Sterling at UFC 288. It appears that he has suffered a visibly worrying cut on his face.
Cejudo was away from the octagon for quite a long time. Question remains whether he will return with the same gusto. The only person to bag an Olympic gold and UFC gold should theoretically be able to take on any challenges. Then again, his upcoming opponent Sterling has been in scintillating form. For this, the anticipation is higher than ever.
The high-octane bout can go either way for Cejudo. ‘Triple C’ has been far away from the rising tensions in the octagon, along with the tense days leading up to the fight. However, a born fighter like him can overcome those hurdles in a jiffy.
Henry Cejudo seemed to have sustained a cut on the face from sparring
Things from there can go south as well as his bruised face may push him back. This is what his fans are concerned about. In a video of an interview he posted, he can be seen with an alarming cut under his eye. The cut has formed into a lump. Cejudo’s eye has a formation of a black eye as well.
Who’s the most dangerous bantamweight of them all? His name is @umar_nurmagomedov
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) March 29, 2023
Now, this may lead to a deficiency of training intensity. This could potentially play a big role leading up to the fight. He has already been far away from the octagon. ‘The Messenger’ surely will need to utilize these days to the fullest. With Cejudo set to fight Sterling on May 6, there is a lot of time to heal the cut. However, a break of a couple of days or even a span of low intensity training may change the course of the fight.
One thing is certain though, the former double division champion will leave no stone unturned. The man who defended his titles in two different divisions will know how to come out of this situation even stronger. In fact, back on May 9, 2020, Cejudo defended his bantamweight title with a technical knockout against Dominick Cruz. He will take it to heart that he never lost the title.
And Cejudo will undoubtedly instill the confidence in himself that he can dethrone Sterling and reclaim his bragging rights, which he voluntarily gave up via a retirement announcement.
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