UPDATE: Henry Cejudo has commented on the incident, saying that he didn’t break his ankle but suffered burns to his foot and lost his Olympic gold medal in the fire.
Henry Cejudo is almost certainly out of his pivotal UFC 218 bout with Sergio Pettis after reportedly breaking his ankle escaping a fire in California.
Cejudo was one of a number of high profile athletes — Barry Bonds among them — who were caught up in the ‘Wine Country’ fires currently spreading across California. According to people at the scene, as per the San Francisco Chronicle, Cejudo broke his ankle after jumping from the balcony of the second story of the Fountaingrove Inn in Santa Rosa.
Depending on the severity of the fracture, Cejudo is likely facing an extended period on the sidelines.
Cejudo was slated to face fellow flyweight contender Sergio Pettis at UFC 218 on December 2nd, a bout which would have had big implications on the title picture at 125-pounds. If, as expected, the bout between Cejudo and Pettis is cancelled, it will mark the second time this year that Cejudo, an Olympic gold medalist, has been forced to withdraw through injury from a contest with Sergio Pettis.
Cejudo and the UFC are yet to comment on the incident.
We will have more on this story as it develops.