Henry Cejudo suffered burns trying to evacuate during the Wine Country fires in California.
Olympic gold medalist and top UFC flyweight contender Henry Cejudo could be sidelined for quite a while. With that, his upcoming bout with Sergio Pettis could once again be put on hold.
According to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle, Cejudo was trying to escape the Wine Country fires going on in California and had to jump from a second-story balcony. MMA Fighting reported that Cejudo suffered burns to his right foot and did not break his ankle.
He also lost his 2008 Olympic Gold Medal in the fire.
Cejudo is set to face Pettis at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 in a very important flyweight divisional matchup. The event, which will be headlined by a featherweight title bout between Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar, culminates from Little Caesars Arena.
The burns could delay Cejudo’s training and potentially put his UFC 218 fight in jeopardy. The bout was originally scheduled to take place at May’s UFC 211 event in Dallas but Cejudo was forced out of the bout during fight week with a hand injury.
Cejudo bounced back from back-to-back losses with his best Octagon performance to date when he finished Wilson Reis via second-round TKO at UFC 215 back in September.
“The Messenger” feels very strongly that stylistically he is the man to defeat and dethrone the only UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. Cejudo also realized that he would need at least another victory to get that opportunity.
Pettis is also looking for his opportunity to fight for the title. A winner of four straight, “The Phenom” defeated Brandon Moreno in his most recent appearance in the main event of UFC Fight Night 114 back in August.
At this time, the UFC has not provided any updates on the situation.