Henry Cejudo has reflected on his narrow loss at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale, revealing that everyone keeps telling him he won the fight.
Cejudo suffered a decision defeat to Joseph Benavidez at the FS1 televised contest at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, where the paid concluded their TUF 24 head coaching roles with a fight between two of the flyweight division’s top contenders.
Cejudo said after the fight: “I know you guys may not like this answer, but I definitely need a break from him. It was six months of just anticipation and waiting. Who knows what’s in store? As of now, I want to take a vacation. But I will say this: I do need a little break from him.
“Even if I won the fight, I’d need a break from him. I really do.”
Henry Cejudo suffered a costly first round point deduction for low blows, which he admits got in his head during the contest as it gave Benavidez time to recover, which ultimately resulted in a split decision defeat.
He explained: “I need to re-watch that fight. Everybody keeps telling me I won.”
Going into the last round, Cejudo was not in panic mode, and after the contest his coaches gave him no indication that they thought he would be on the losing end of a decision, he said.
However, the nature of the back and forth contest meant that Cejudo admitted he was not sure what to expect from the scorecards.
He added: “I don’t know. I always train to dominate, so sometimes when I don’t dominate – I’m so accustomed to that from wrestling – so I try to bring that same mentality into mixed martial arts. So, if that’s the way the judges saw it – I’m just tripping out by that, what was it, 26-30 or whatever that scorecard was?
“Sometimes you don’t know what the judges are thinking or what fight they’re watching.”