Henry Cejudo encourages Dominick Cruz to keep fighting: ‘I think there’s still a lot in you’

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Henry Cejudo doesn’t think Dominick Cruz should retire after his loss at UFC on ESPN 41.

Cruz (24-4 MMA, 7-3 UFC) was on the receiving end of a head-kick knockout courtesy of Marlon Vera in Round 4 this past Saturday at Pechanga Arena in San Diego for his third loss in his past five fights.

Cejudo (16-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) was the first man to finish Cruz by strikes when he scored a TKO victory in their title fight at UFC 249 in May 2020. But despite the former champion’s recent mixed results, Cejudo had him winning the fight before the stoppage and so did the judges.

“What can I say about Dominick? I thought he looked good,” Cejudo posted on social media. “I don’t think he should retire. I think there’s the fight with Frankie Edgar. I think there’s Jose Aldo. I think there’s a legendary fight. So, Dominick, I thought you looked good. I thought you were winning the fight. So, I wouldn’t retire, man. As much as I don’t compliment you, I think there’s still a lot in you.”

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Cruz released a positive statement following his knockout loss to “Chito,” but he didn’t directly address his fighting future. He will return to the commentary desk for UFC 279 on Sept. 10.

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