Cejudo suffers burns escaping Nor Cal fire, fight will go on

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Top UFC flyweight contender Henry Cejudo narrowly escaped a Northern California wildfire that destroyed the building he was sleeping in, by jumping from a second story balcony. Contrary to multiple reports, he did not break an ankle, but did receive blister burns on his foot. In addition, he will be fighting Sergio Pettis at UFC 218 on December 2, 2017 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. While Cejudo escaped relatively unscathed, he escaped with only his cell phone. His Olympic gold medal, other related memorabilia, and his clothing were all destroyed in the Santa Rosa, California fire.

The fighter reported on his social network that he is okay.

“Hey everybody just want to say thank you for the love and support,” began Cejudo. “Prayers for all the families that lost somebody in the fire. I’m doing fine and my foot isn’t broken but I did burn my foot on the way down after jumping out the window. It’s just a long story but I’ll keep you guys posted when I do an interview. As of now I’m on my way to Natal, Brazil to take care of business at #ufc218”

His manager Ali Abdelaziz also confirmed that he was ok.

“He woke up to the fire alarm, but he thought it was just a false alarm so he went back to sleep,” said Abdelaziz to MMAjunkie. “He woke up at 4 a.m. to his room being filled with smoke. He had no choice but to jump on the second floor. He landed on some fire and burned his foot. He’s safe.”

The three days of fires have killed over ten people, with thousands driven from their homes. The UnderGround wishes strength and recovery for all affected.