Henry Cejudo could be out of action the rest of 2019 following surgery.
According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, the UFC’s newest double champ will undergo left shoulder surgery. Cejudo reportedly tore his subscapularis muscle during the first round of his bantamweight title win over Marlon Moraes at June 8’s UFC 238.
The injury may have played a part in Cejudo’s early deficit against Moraes. The previously surging contender battered him with impressive strikes in the opening rounds. But he was still able to rise above the ailment. He persevered to win the 135-pound belt thanks to a third-round stoppage due to ground and pound.
The operation on his shoulder was not the only significant injury Cejudo suffered recently. He also hurt his ankle in the days before UFC 238. However, Helwani reported that injury will not require surgery.
Doctors informed him that he will require around four-five months of recovery time before resuming his full training schedule. With a return timeline stretching into November, that almost certainly means he’ll be out the rest of the year. He could potentially return to training in November and undergo a six-week training camp to fight on the UFC’s traditional year-ending pay-per-view, but that seems like a long shot.