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UFC star loses Olympic gold medal in California wildfires

Henry Cejudo says he will be fit for UFC 218 after suffering minor burns while escaping his home.


THE UFC’S NUMBER two flyweight contender Henry Cejudo was among the thousands hit by the wildfire engulfing California’s wine region.

Cejudo, who won Olympic gold in 2008 for wrestling, told MMAFighting that he lost his medal to the flames, but after initial reports that he had broken his ankle in the escape from his Santa Rosa home, the 30-year-old took to Instagram to report himself fit to fight Sergio Pettis at UFC 218 in December and showed the minor burns sustained on the bottom of his right foot.

“Prayers to 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.”

California Wildfires Fire fighters work to combat the fires. Source: Jeff Chiu

The death toll from the wildfires reached 15 yesterday with authorities reporting that more than 115,000 acres have been scorched and over 2,000 homes and businesses destroyed.

California WIldfires Aerial image of a neighbourhood in Santa Rosa, taken yesterday, which was hit by wildfire. Source: AP/PA Images

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