Henry Carlos Cejudo is a mixed martial artist and former freestyle wrestler from the United States. Cejudo is American’s youngest Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling (2008 Olympics). Henry Cejudo is currently retired from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) where he held both the UFC Bantamweight championship and UFC Flyweight championship. As of January 15th, 2019, Cejudo is ranked #11 in official UFC pound for pound rankings.
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Henry Cejudo has made a career out of winning against all the odds. In 2008, at the age of 20, he entered the Olympics as a huge underdog and was trailing before big comeback wins in every match into the finals. There, he became the youngest American ever to win an Olympic gold medal, the most prestigious accomplishment in the sport
If there’s one word that is the secret to Henry’s unmatched success, it’s perfectionism. He is a technician who made it a mission to find and master the details in every position, because (as he puts it) “the devil is in the details”. He teaches the same way he learns, laying out every detail with surgical precision and explaining his reason for each movement and action. You can almost see the wheels turning as Henry coaches you through how you can go from wrestling white belt to a takedown machine. It’s his hope that this can help turn you into the best technician and takedown artist you can be!
Championships and Achievements
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- UFC Flyweight Championship (One time, current)
- Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Demetrious Johnson
- Performance of the Night (One time) vs. Wilson Reis
- MMAjunkie - 2018 Upset of the Year vs. Demetrious Johnson
- MMA Fighting - 2018 Upset of the Year vs. Demetrious Johnson
- MMA Weekly - 2018 Upset of the Year vs. Demetrious Johnson
Henry Carlos Cejudo was born on February 9th, 1987, in Phoneix, Arizona. While still in high school in 2006, Cejudo won the American wrestling federation's national freestyle tournament at the most elite level. Soon after his victory, he began full time training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This was a huge accomplishment for someone his age and opened the door to his Olympic career. He went on to claim various different titles in the US before stepping on the Olympic mats.
Cejudo won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing following successful performances at the Pan American Games and Pan American Championships. At the time, Cejudo was the youngest American ever to become an Olympic champion in free style wrestling. Ultimately Henry Cejudo would end up retiring from free style wrestling for good in 2012 after taking an extended break following the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Following his retirement from free style wrestling, Cejudo announced on his Twitter page that he plans to begin training for a career in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) on January 30, 2013. Cejudo had wrestled at 121 pounds during his wrestling career but decided to fight at 135 pounds in his mixed martial arts debut for the Arizona based World Fighting Federation on March 2, 2013. Cejudo’s first opponent in MMA would be Michael Poe. Henry defeated Poe by technical knock out (TKO) due to punches. Cejudo would go on to amass an undefeated record of 6 – 0 over the next year with three of those wins by technical knock out, one would be by submission, and the other two would be by decision. Prior to signing with the UFC, Cejudo was listed as the #1 ranked bantamweight prospect in the Mixed Martial Arts Prospects Report of the year 2013.
Cejudo opted to sign with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on July 25, 2014. Henry is only the third Olympic gold medalist wrestler in the history of the UFC, after Mark Schultz and Kevin Jackson. Cejudo was expected to face Scott Jorgensen on August 30, 2014, at UFC 177. Due to medical issues on the day of the weigh ins Cejudo was forced to pull out of the fight and it was ultimately cancelled. Cejudo’s history of missing weight prompted Dana White to tell him to either move up to bantam weight or leave the UFC altogether. Cejudo complied and his eventual debut at bantam weight was a bout against Dustin Kimura on December 13, 2014 at UFC on Fox 13. Cejudo would win his debut fight by unanimous decision.
Cejudo would then go on to face both Chris Cariaso and Chico Camus in the fly weight division. Cejudo faced Chris Cariaso in a bout on March 14, 2015 at UFC 185 and won the fight by unanimous decision. Then Cejudo faced Chico Camus on June 13th, 2015 at UFC 188 and also won that fight by unanimous decision. From there, Cejudo was expected to fight against former title challenger Joseph Benavidez on September 5th, 2015 at UFC 191. The fight ended up not taking place. Instead, Cejudo faced Jussier Formiga on November 21, 2015, at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. Cejudo won this fight by a split decision.
It was announced on September 16th, 2015 that Cejudo would refuse to fight in Nevada after the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspected and fined Nick Diaz after he failed a drug test at UFC 182, citing NSAC’s process in determining Diaz’s guilt as the boycott reason. However, Cejudo ended his Nevada boycott despite no lack of change in procedure on April 23rd, 2016 in order to face off against UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 197. This would be a fight for the fly weight title which Henry Cejudo would lose via TKO in the first round, being dropped by a variety of strikes from Johnson.
Then in May 2016, it was announced by the UFC that Cejudo would participate in Ultimate Fighter 24 as one of the coaches, opposite Joseph Benavidez. The two would face each other on December 3rd, 2016 at the Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale. Cejudo lost by split decision.
Henry Cejudo pulled out of UFC 211 with a hand injury. He was scheduled to face Sergio Pettis on May 13, 2017. By September, Cejudo’s injury had healed and he faced Wilson Reis on September 9th, 2017 at UFC 215. Henry won his fight against Wilson Reis by unanimous decision. Cejudo won the fight via TKO in the second round. This win also awarded Cejudo his first Performance of the Night bonus award. Following this, a rescheduled fight with Sergio Pettis took place at UFC 218 on December 2nd, 2017. Cejudo won the fight against Pettis by unanimous decision.
Two years after challenging for the Flyweight title, Cejudo faced Demetrious Johnson in a rematch for UFC Flyweight Championship title. This was the co-main event at UFC 227 which happened on August 4th, 2018. It was a back and forth fight that Cejudo ended up winning by split decision. Henry Cejudo has just become the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s second fly weight champion as well as the first Olympic gold medalist to win a UFC title. The fight earned Cejudo the Fight of the Night award, and 13 of 25 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Cejudo, while 12 scored it for Johnson.
At the time of writing this, Cejudo has signed a six fight contract with the UFC. He is scheduled to face T.J. Dillashaw on Jan 26, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw for the UFC Fly Weight Championship title fight.