I am a bit torn on where to place him as the point of this is to recognize in accomplishments of late but first let me say the following:
His win over DJ was very debatable. It was a split dec win on the actual cards and on the writers polled on MMAdecisons, its 13/12 writers in favour of Henry. That means out of 3 judges, 1 judge thought DJ won. Out of 25 writers, 12 thought DJ won. That is hardly a decisive win.
He has now defended both belts which I am not sure but he may be the only one to do that? But both of those defenses were a bit on iffy terms: TJ’s first cut to 125, Dom’s return to fighting after his longest layoff.
However, on the bright side,
Now, not only has he defended both belts, he has looked absolutely spectacular doing it. Like Connor, his personality may overshadow his actual ability here. While he may not have beaten DJ decisively, DJ was arguably the PFP king and the GOAT at the time and the most complete fighter in the game and Henry arguably still beat him.
TJ may have had a bad cut but 3xC still ran over him.
Moraes may not have been the BW champ but was the strong #1 contender and was beating the crap out of Henry’s leg and Henry had one of the biggest turn arounds in recent memory and finished Moraes.
Dom may have been out for a while but still presented the usual unique challenge and Cejudo wasn’t biting on the feints and wasn’t at all lost with the angles. He fought smart, leg kicking the shit out of the moving target and most of all, read Dom’s tendencies to duck and timed an absolute brilliant knee that was the beginning of the end.
Cejudo’s improvementin all round MMA abilities is incredible. Anyone that is going to give DJ all he can handle must have a rounded game. We know and have seen Cejudo’s toughness in the Moraes fight but he actually listended to his corner to turn that fight around and actually executed the change in plan brilliantly. And then the technical ability and IQ he showed against Dom was also first rate.
King of Cringe for sure. But undeniable greatness now too.