When Henry Cejudo’s luggage was lost on his way to Moscow, where he attended Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 136 as a guest fighter, the UFC took him on a shopping spree, and he was able to replace his clothes just fine.
Problem is, clothes weren’t the only thing that the UFC’s flyweight champion took with him to Russia.
“Unfortunately, my belt is in my luggage,” Cejudo told reporters, including MMAjunkie, before adding with a laugh. “So now, on top of my gold medal, now it’s my belt. I don’t know what it is about gold. I can’t keep it.”
As Cejudo said, this isn’t the first time he’s gone through the experience of losing a token of his achievements. Other than the burns sustained while escaping a California wildfire just last year, Cejudo lost the wrestling gold medal he earned at the 2008 summer Olympics.
Recounting the harrowing event at the time, Cejudo (13-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) was still hopeful they’d be able to retrieve the medal from the wreckage but said he’d be OK if that ended up not being the case. After all, there was a lot more that could’ve been lost that day.
“People ask me if I’m sad about it. Nah, I’m happy, bro,” Cejudo told ESPN.com at the time. “It’s weird because that type of adrenaline, you’re scared, but you’re challenged, too. You become courageous in something like that. It’s a crazy feeling knowing you may die.”
It’s with that same attitude that he’s going about this most recent missing trophy. While the search for his bags is still ongoing, and Cejudo is confident that they’ll be found, it seems he won’t have much of a hard time getting over it if they aren’t.
“Let’s be honest, material comes and goes,” Cejudo said. “It’s the memories, it’s the legacy that comes with being a champion. I’m going to get a gold medal back. I’m going to get a belt back. But it’s the memories that come with that that makes it special.”
As far as memories go, Cejudo certainly has been able to make some remarkable ones. After, at 21, becoming the youngest American to earn an Olympic gold medal in wrestling, he just recently became the second flyweight champion in UFC history.
That took pulling off a major upset over long-running, record-setting champion Demetrious Johnson in their UFC 227 co-headliner last month. Johnson had defended his belt 11 times – one of those against Cejudo, whom he TKO’d – and hadn’t lost since 2011.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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