Who Is Henry Cejudo’s Brother, Angel? Everything We Know About the Former UFC Champ’s Sibling

Published 02/12/2024, 2:50 PM EST

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Henry Cejudo has a knack for making it into history books rather effortlessly. As ‘Triple C’, he’s the youngest American to win an Olympic gold medal at the tender age of 21 in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Clearly not satisfied with this, he became the only UFC champion to also be an Olympic gold medalist. As if this wasn’t enough, Cejudo became one of only four fighters in UFC history to become a concurrent two-division champion. This is especially impressive given his tough childhood.

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Cejudo was born to poor Mexican immigrant parents and has six other siblings. His father, who was deported when Henry was six, was an addict and even threatened to kill his family. It prompted Henry’s mother to run away with the kids, essentially becoming a single mother, working multiple jobs a day just to put enough food on the table to feed her large family. But in another example of how sports can change lives, Henry was able to reach the zenith of the combat sports world, in no small measure because of his brother, Angel Cejudo.

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Angel Cejudo had a stellar wrestling career, having gone undefeated with a record of 150 wins and 0 losses, and won the AIA wrestling world championship four times as a state-level wrestler representing Phoenix Maryvale High School. He then went on to represent the United States internationally and join the army.

Looking at the course of history, Angel inspired younger brother Henry to take up wrestling and follow in his older sibling’s footsteps at the tender age of seven. Henry, of course, would excel at the sport and go on to make history in it before moving on to MMA. Combat sports also helped keep the Cejudo boys and especially Henry out of trouble and gave them an avenue to make money and take care of their loved ones. And none of this may have been possible without his brother Angel.

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The oldest Cejudo now focuses on training young wrestlers at Olympus Wrestling in the city of Scottsdale, Arizona, where he is a trainer. The three-time World Coach has also been a crucial part of Henry’s training camps and is one of the primary reasons behind the UFC champion’s success. He is incredibly proud of Henry’s achievements and is among his loudest cheerleaders.

When Angel Cejudo congratulated his brother Henry Cejudo after a historic performance

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After finding success off of his world-class wrestling base, Henry Cejudo ran into flyweight maestro and GOAT contender Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson, who handed him his first MMA loss in April 2016. To make matters worse, Henry lost his very next fight to David Benavidez, leading to serious questions being raised over his future in the sport with his ineffective striking skills.

These consecutive losses prompted Henry to work hard on his striking skills, which had been underwhelming up to that point. Cejudo redeemed himself and showed his true greatness when he met ‘Mighty Mouse’ for the second time at UFC 227.  The new and improved Mexican-American defeated Johnson via a split decision, to the delight of Angel, who took to Facebook to congratulate his brother.

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“I want to congratulate my brother Henry on an amazing performance last night! You did it, you went from the Olympic Champion to the new UFC Champion! Once again you proved to be the best in the world. Proud of you!” Angel wrote on his Facebook account.

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Kanishk Thakur

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Kanishk Thakur is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports with nearly 5 years of professional writing experience. Kanishk has expertly covered the heated rivalries of the fight game, and delivered meticulous reports of payouts of PPV events and Fight Nights, in addition to covering the personal side of fighters outside the sport. He is also an ardent Joe Rogan fan, who hopes to draw in more fans to the sport as Rogan did for him.
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