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Decoding Dana White's Silence: The Unspoken Reason Henry Cejudo Wasn't Given the Mic at UFC 298

Henry Cejudo is retired.
Former Champion Henry Cejudo after a defeat at UFC 298

In the electrifying world of UFC, every fight tells a story. Sometimes, it's not just the punches thrown or the submissions attempted but the moments in between that truly captivate us. 

Such was the case at UFC 298 when Henry Cejudo, the former two-division champion, stepped into the Octagon against Merab Dvalishvili, only to face a setback that left fans buzzing and questioning what the future holds for the enigmatic fighter.

Cejudo, known to many as 'Triple C', had already left an indelible mark on the sport before his bout with Dvalishvili. His impressive resume boasted victories over some of the greatest names in MMA history. Yet, on that fateful night, as the fight concluded, something unexpected occurred – Cejudo swiftly removed his gloves, a symbolic gesture that often signals the end of a fighter's career.

The anticipation built as viewers awaited Cejudo's post-fight interview, eager to hear his thoughts on the outcome and his plans. However, the microphone never found its way into his hands. UFC CEO Dana White later shed light on this omission during the post-fight press conference, offering a succinct explanation: 

“Merab went in there tonight and beat a former champion in Henry Cejudo. Henry Cejudo already retired, okay?” White said. “He did the whole ‘Drop the gloves’ thing. Tonight was Merab’s night. He beat the No. 3 guy in the world, a former world champion, and easily won the fight…if he wants to retire again, he can do that [at the press conference] or somewhere else…

“You don’t give the mic to Cejudo tonight.”

White's words echoed throughout the MMA community, sparking a flurry of speculation and debate. Was Cejudo's abrupt glove drop a definitive farewell to the sport he had conquered twice before? Or was it merely a momentary expression of frustration following a hard-fought defeat?

The saga of Henry Cejudo's retirement is not new. In 2020, he bid farewell to the Octagon, only to return three years later for another shot at glory. Yet, his comeback has been met with mixed results, leaving his future in limbo once again. With consecutive losses against formidable opponents like Aljamain Sterling and now Merab Dvalishvili, Cejudo's status as a contender hangs in the balance.

But amidst the uncertainty, one thing remains certain – Henry Cejudo's legacy is undeniable. From Olympic gold to UFC championship gold, he has etched his name in the annals of MMA history, earning the respect and admiration of fans worldwide.


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