UFC champ Henry Cejudo out for the year after undergoing shoulder surgery

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Just 11 days after being crowned champion in a historic second weight class, UFC fighter Henry Cejudo will miss the rest of the year.

Cejudo (15-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) told ESPN on Wednesday that he would be undergoing left shoulder surgery after tearing his subscapularis muscle. That muscle, which is part of the rotator cuff, is crucial for shoulder movement.

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Doctors told Cejudo that he will need four to five months to recover before being cleared to train again, and it will take even longer to be back in fighting shape.

Cejudo said the injury occurred on June 8 during the first round of his fight against Marlon Moraes at UFC 238. Cejudo went on to defeat Moraes in a third-round TKO through the injury, and he also battling an ankle injury, which will not require surgery.

Henry Cejudo is out for the year after requiring left shoulder surgery. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
Henry Cejudo is out for the year after requiring left shoulder surgery. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Usually a flyweight fighter, Cejudo moved up a class to bantamweight to claim his second title after upsetting Demetrius Johnson in UFC 228 last August. He became just the seventh fighter in UFC history to win titles at multiple weights and the fourth to hold both titles at the same time.

Prior to the surgery, Cejudo had hinted at moving up another weight class to featherweight; no fighter before has won titles in three different classes. He had also called on UFC president Dana White to improve his pay after his dual championships.

The injury puts a damper on what was a great start to the year for Cejudo, so the 32-year-old will just have to look forward to defending his titles in 2020.

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