Merab Dvalishvili reacts to Henry Cejudo’s retirement claims: “I think he’s right”

Merab Dvalishvili explains why he thinks Henry Cejudo isn't bluffing about his retirement.

by Aryan Lakhani
Merab Dvalishvili reacts to Henry Cejudo’s retirement claims: “I think he’s right”
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The UFC 298 co-main is going to be a bantamweight clash between Merab Dvalishvili and Henry Cejudo; it’s a critical match for Cejudo because he publicly admitted that it will be his last if he faces a loss. Dvalishvili understands why Cejudo made such a decision.

Dvalishvili firmly believes Cejudo will actually retire if he loses. Cejudo has been given the impression of making false statements, which is why it is hard for some to believe that he will actually retire. The equation is quite simple: a win for Henry Cejudo will lead to a direct title shot.

He could most likely fight the winner of Marlon Vera vs Sean O’Malley, and loss will lead to the end of a glorious career.

Merab Dvalishvili on Henry Cejudo claiming to retire

During the recent media day, Merab Dvalishvili shared his thoughts on Henry Cejudo’s retirement claims.

“I think he’s right,” Dvalishvili said, as quoted by “He’s talking from the facts because if he beats me, of course he’ll fight for the title because he was champion, and he lost against a great champion Aljamain Sterling by split decision, and he’s a big name and a very good fighter.

If he lost, of course he’s not going to fight, just keep fighting and then get a No. 1 contender fight. It takes time, and now he has a family and money, and I don’t think he just wants to fight. He wants gold. So if he loses against me, of course he’s going to retire.

Merab Dvalishvili on how important a win is for Henry Cejudo

“He knows he has to beat me, otherwise, he’s done, he’s fighting to beat me and he wants the belt. Same thing when I fought Jose Aldo. He was on a three-fight win streak when he beat ‘Chito’ Vera and other contenders.

If he beat me, he was supposed to fight for the title. But I beat him, and he didn’t want to go back down to the ladder and climb again. It’s the same thing again. Jose Aldo after me retired, and I think it’s the same thing for Henry.

It’s either everything or nothing for him, that’s his mentality and that’s why he’s dangerous”.

Henry Cejudo