Seventh-ranked flyweight Henry Cejudo kept his undefeated record intact at UFC 188 in Mexico City on Saturday, but the rising 125-pound star was disappointed with his performance.
The 2008 Olympic Gold medalist in freestyle wrestling was unable to take thirteenth-ranked Chico Camus down. He used forward pressure to back Camus up to the cage and inflicted damage with knees to the body and legs.
In the striking exchanges, Camus landed shots. It was a closely contested fight, but Cejudo’s pressure and work in the clinch position were the difference.
Cejudo was only able to put Camus on his back twice during the three-round bout. In the closing seconds of the opening round he secured a takedown, but Camus immediately bounced back to his feet.
With under a minute remaining in the final frame, Cejudo secured a takedown and was able to keep Camus on the canvas.
Following the fight, Cejudo revealed that he nearly pulled out of the fight.
“I was actually contemplating whether to fight or not. A few days ago — I know it sounds weird — but I had a bad taco. I was throwing up. It was a really hard (weight) cut because of my sickness,” said the 28-year-old. “The only reason why I fought was for these Mexican fans.”
The unbeaten Cejudo plans to eventually be the UFC flyweight champion, but doesn't believe his performance against Camus did much for his pursuit of becoming a contender.
“Obviously, my eyes are on the prize. Today, I really gave you guys what I had, but what I had wasn't enough. I'm a little disappointed in myself,” he said. “I think you guys have seen what I can display. I completely felt sluggish.”
“As of right now, I'm seeking to become the best in the world, but I want to take my time in doing it as well,” he added.