A little more than one week after it was lost in transit, UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo has his title back.
Cejudo (13-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) was en route to Moscow last week as a guest fighter for UFC Fight Night 136 when his luggage went missing. The promotion took him on a shopping spree to replace his clothes, but the heavy gold wasn’t as replaceable.
On Tuesday, Cejudo posted a video showing a Christmas-like reveal as he wasted no time unwrapping the lost bag that held his belt (via Instagram).
“Don’t you ever leave my sight again, you hear?” Cejudo chides the jeweled accessory at a baggage recovery office in New York City.
It was the second time Cejudo lost a precious piece of gold. Last year, he fled a ferocious fire in Northern California and lost his Olympic gold medal from wrestling in the 2008 Games. He received a new medal shortly after winning the flyweight title from Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227.
Cejudo remained in good spirits about the most recent incident as he belt remained missing.
“Let’s be honest, material comes and goes,” Cejudo said backstage at Olympic Stadium in Moscow. “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.”
Still, there isn’t a better reminder that you’re champion than a belt. So Cejudo is happy to have his gold back.
Soon, he hopes to add another piece to his collection with a win over UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw (16-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC). If they fight at 135 pounds and he wins, that’s another piece of gold to watch over.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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