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May 10, 2017 Henry Cejudo News
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Cejudo has been forced out of Saturday's UFC 211 fight against Sergio Pettis due to a hand injury, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.
Cejudo had been scheduled to kick of Saturday's pay-per-view card against the No. 6-ranked UFC flyweight Sergio Pettis, but a hand injury will render him unable to fight. Per Shaheen Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com, a middleweight matchup between Krzysztof Joko and David Branch will take the fight's place on the main card.
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Fantasy AnalysisCejudo suffered a broken hand in his December loss to Joseph Benavidez, but should be good to go by the time the May 13 event arrives. After losing two in a row to Benavidez and champion Demetrious Johnson, Cejudo is now being used as a gatekeeper for the 23-year-old Pettis. If Cejudo can employ his world-class wrestling to earn the victory, he could get right back in the title picture.
Fantasy AnalysisCejudo posted a picture of himself on Instagram wearing a small cast on his left hand. The flyweight recently lost a tough split decision fight with Benavidez, and doesn't currently have any new fights scheduled yet. There will likely be more updates on his status once he's fully recovered.
Fantasy AnalysisThe scores are all over the place, but the fight was close and truly could have gone to either man. Referee Yves Lavigne ridiculously docked Cejudo a point in Round 1 for a pair of accidental groin strikes against Benavidez, although the result would have been the same even without the deduction. Cejudo got off to a quick start by landing countless body shots on Joe B. He continued peppering the body throughout the contest, although he was less effective as the fight progressed. Cejudo was credited with one takedown on six attempts, but it was clear his game plan involved throwing power strikes as opposed to wrestling. Cejudo officially lost the total strike battle by a count of 103-55, which tells you how effective the shots that he did land were that the fight was as close as it was. Cejudo didn't win the fight, but the bottom line is that there was little separating the top-two flyweight contenders in the world on this night.
Fantasy AnalysisComing off his first career loss at the hands of Demetrious Johnson, Cejudo's reward is a fight against the second-best flyweight in the world in Benavidez. Cejudo's wrestling ability will give him a chance in any fight that he participates in, but he needs to refine the rest of his game. Cejudo has just 11 pro fights under his belt at age-29, but back-to-back losses, even to the two best fighters in the division, could be a potential death sentence for the former Olympic gold medalist.
Fantasy AnalysisCejudo was able to land one early takedown with a nice trip, but Mighty Mouse hopped right back up and it was all downhill from there. During the very brief fight, it was quite clear that Cejudo just didn't have the all-around game to compete against the best fighter in the world. Cejudo ate multiple knees to the body from the clinch and he was never able to recover. A lot of people are going to say that Cejudo was rushed into this fight, and that is almost certainly true, but it's highly unlikely that he will ever reach the level necessary to give Johnson a legitimate challenge. He just happens to fight in the division with the most dominant fighter in the sport today, and possibly of all time. Expect Cejudo to remain at the top of the flyweight rankings for a long time to come, but he is probably going to need Mighty Mouse to move up to bantamweight if he ever hopes to become a UFC champion.
Fantasy AnalysisCejudo is as good a wrestler as there is in the UFC, heck, he won an Olympic gold medal, but defeating Johnson is going to be a monumental challenge. Cejudo has been inconsistent throughout his first four UFC bouts, displaying his elite wrestling ability at times, but also struggling with the finer points of MMA. Cejudo almost certainly isn’t ready for this fight, but it’s unlikely that he would have been any more prepared if the fight had taken place a year from now. This is also a 25-minute fight and Cejudo has had problems making weight in the past. He could easily tire against a fighter who could go ten-rounds in his sleep. Cejudo is really good, possibly the second-best flyweight in the world, but he probably isn’t in the league of the champion.
Fantasy AnalysisThis judge who scored the fight for Formiga should be fired immediately. It was a clear victory for Cejudo against a high-level opponent, but it wasn't a dominant effort. Cejudo, who won an Olympic gold medal in freestyle wrestling, relied on his striking for virtually the entire fight. Cejudo continues to win because he's bigger, stronger and a better athlete than his opponents. Unlike his last fight where he took some damage on the feet from Chico Camus, Cejudo absorbed very little punishment in this one. Cejudo is probably the odds-on favorite to earn the next flyweight title shot against current champ Demetrious Johnson, but he hasn't shown enough in the octagon to make anyone think he has a realistic shot at beating DJ. Then again, no one though Holly Holm would beat Ronda Rousey last week, either.
Fantasy AnalysisA potential bout between Cejudo and Joseph Benavidez didn't come to fruition, but it's not as if Formiga is all that much of an easier mark. Formiga is currently ranked as the #3 flyweight by UFC.com. Cejudo didn't look terribly impressive in his last fight, a unanimous decision win over Chico Camus in June. The flyweight division is thin enough that Cejudo could once again potentially earn himself a title shot if he can run through Formiga impressively.
Fantasy AnalysisCejudo may have been able to sneak in and steal the next flyweight title shot with a strong performance, but he didn't look particularly good. He said in the post fight interview that he had some food poisoning earlier in the week, it affected his weight cut and he was considering pulling out of the bout. He won the total strike battle 131-71, but the former Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling failed on all 11 of his takedown attempts. He's probably the brightest prospect in the flyweight division, but he isn't ready for a title shot quite yet.
Fantasy AnalysisOpportunity knocks for the No. 8-ranked Cejudo, as an impressive victory could earn him a title shot in the flyweight division. Cejudo is the heavy favorite, and the stats certainly appear to give him an advantage as well. He lands nearly twice as many significant strikes per minute (4.07) as Camus, and takes down his opponents, on average, three times more per match. The No. 13-ranked Camus is no slouch, and even has a small height advantage, but he'll have an uphill battle to climb if he's going to knock off one of the top flyweight contenders.