Olympic gold medallist and UFC flyweight contender Henry Cejudo was left with burns after he was forced to flee from a California hotel as deadly wildfires engulfed areas of Santa Rosa, California earlier this week.
The fires have taken the lives of 17 people, with more than 150 people unaccounted for. The blaze has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in what’s being described as one of the deadliest fires in the state’s history.
Cejudo was part of a group of former US Olympians and American sport stars attending a special celebrity fundraising event held by former NFL star Ronnie Lott.
When the alarm was raised in the early hours of Monday morning guests at the event evacuated their respective hotels and fled to safety. During the chaos, Cejudo was forced to jump from a second-story balcony of the Fountaingrove Inn to escape the blaze.
Initial reports from the San Francisco Chronicle suggested Cejudo had sustained a broken ankle during his escape, but those reports have since been revised, with the UFC star sustaining burns to his right foot. He also lost his Olympic gold medal.
Former title challenger Cejudo is set to compete at UFC 218 on 2 December, where he’s scheduled to take on fellow flyweight contender Sergio Pettis in Detroit, Michigan.
It’s a fight many are considering a potential title eliminator, with the winner likely to face record-breaking undisputed world champion Demetrious Johnson, who became the most dominant champion in UFC history with his victory at UFC 216 last weekend.
Cejudo's message on Instagram confirmed he had avoided serious injury and was heading to Brazil to continue his preparations for the fight, saying: “Hey everybody just want to say thank you for the love and support. 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 when I do a interview. As of now I’m on my way to Natal, Brazil to take care of business at #UFC218.”