Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo blames himself for missing his UFC debut against Scott Jorgensen at UFC 177.
Cejudo started to feel sick during his weight cut just hours before the weigh-ins in Sacramento and the situation was the the fourth time since turning pro in 2013 that the maligned fighter has had trouble making weight.
“Everything was good, I had gotten down to 130 the night before the weigh-ins, and I was only four pounds away from my goal,” said on yesterday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “And that night I just had severe cramping. I couldn’t sleep. Every 10 minutes or so I had cramping going on in my back, in my thigh, in my foot, just pretty much every part of my body. It’s not that I’m fat or I’m overweight, I’m very lean. My body had pretty much just taken a toll. And it’s happened a couple of times already. I’ve always thought I could get down to — because I’ve done it my whole life — get down to 125, but it’s a little different now. I’m much older.”
The fighter said that what was resulted was a dire situation where he knew he had to get to 126-pounds in order to compete. The fighter says he was suffering from a headache, severe dehydration, purple lips and a lack of being able to stand up.
“I’m very disappointed in myself,” he said. “I’m still a little disappointed. I don’t want to call it depression, but I am very sad. Because I want to compete. I’m a competitor, I love to compete. In the year 2013 I fought six times. I fought four times in two-and-a-half months. I love to compete, and I love to fight. It’s just that I think my body has just grown and I think if I ever make 125, if the UFC would ever allow me, there would have to be more science involved into my weight cuts. It can’t just be toughness and strong and willful minded, because that’s just going to be put me in a coffin.
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