Not long after the Nevada Commission suspended Nick Diaz for five years, Henry Cejudo announced he’ll boycott the state, and that apparently hasn’t changed.
Cejudo wasn’t the only person to express their anger at the lengthy suspension, however, and Leslie Smith has also said she won’t fight in Nevada as a result.
The Olympic, Gold Medalist wrestler appeared on “The MMA Hour” to discuss his decision, and why he’s so upset with what’s gone down. Here is some of what Cejudo had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“My immediate reaction was that it was something that was unjust,” Cejudo said. “Throughout the period of 2004 through 2012, I’ve probably been tested about 100 times by USADA [United States Anti-Doping Agency], but never have I run into a case where somebody has been tested three times in the span of probably 12 hours. To me it’s something that’s unjust…And not to discount the fact that he passed two tests and the only test that came back negative was a test that wasn’t even credited by WADA.
“To me it was just like, man, I felt like Nick Diaz was targeted from the get-go. And I just can’t sit there and let this man be suspended for five years…”
Cejudo went on to say that he would even turn down a title shot, if the bout was to take place in Nevada. Now that’s commitment.
It will be interesting to see what unfolds with this in terms of Cejudo’s career. Up next, on November 21st, Cejudo is scheduled to fight Jussier “Formiga” in Mexico. If Cejudo wins, he’ll be knocking on the door for a title shot, as currently he’s ranked #5.
The UFC certainly likes to hold championship fights in Vegas, but you have to think that they they wouldn’t pass on Cejudo because of his stance. Based off the widespread outcry regarding Diaz’s suspension, Cejudo likely has a ton of support right about now.