Henry Cejudo is widely considered one of the greatest combat sports athletes in the world. He is an Olympic gold medallist and a two-division world champion in the UFC. Today we take a closer look at his journey to the top.
Cejudo took to wrestling at an early age inspired by his elder brother who was also a wrestler. During his high school days, Cejudo won multiple championships.
Against all odds, Cejudo made it to the Olympic team in 2008. He won gold in the 55kg category aged 21 and at the time set a record for becoming the youngest American to win a gold in wrestling. Following his win, Cejudo retired from the sport of wrestling.
Cejudo was given a UFC debut just five fights into his professional MMA career. He faced Dustin Kimura on his UFC debut and secured a comfortable unanimous decision win.
At UFC 227, Cejudo defeated the all-time great 'Mighty Mouse' to win the 125-pound belt in the UFC. He would go on to defend the belt once against TJ Dillashaw.
Cejudo made history at UFC 238 when he knocked out Marlon Moraes to become a simultaneous two-division world champion in the UFC. He also defended his bantamweight belt once against Dominick Cruz which was his last fight.