April 22, 2012; Iowa City, IA, USA; Henry Cejudo (blue) takes off his shoes to signify his last wrestling match after his loss to Nick Simmons (red) during the 55kg freestyle match at Carver Hawkeye Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-US PRESSWIRE
Henry Cejudo is stepping away from amateur wrestling after a storied career that included a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Cejudo managed to accomplish all this despite skipping a collegiate career and going straight from his four high school state wrestling championships to training with USA wrestling.
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Luke Thomas did a great interview with Cejudo on his MMA Nation radio show where Henry talked about a possible future in MMA:
Luke: I want to talk about your 2012 initiative with Coca-Cola in just a minute, but first let's dial back to MMA a little bit. Are you the guy who buys the pay-per-views every time they come how? How much of a fan are you? There's no right or wrong answer, I'm just curious.
Henry: I'm the guy who's good friends with the guy who buys the pay-per-view events. I keep up with it pretty regularly. I'm a huge fan.
Who knows? In the future, you guys may be seeing Henry Cejudo 'The American Dream' in the cage.
Luke: Is that right? When can we expect a potential debut of you in mixed martial arts? After the 2012 games?
Henry: After the 2012 games. Obviously I want to finish school. I'm currently or going to be a junior in college. I would definitely love to finish school. I would like to be done with it in a month and a half. That's my ultimate goal and then start [fighting MMA].
I actually started boxing for a while. I actually won the Copper Gloves in Arizona. I started competing on boxing, so I have my hands. I'm an O.K. wrestler, so why not?
Cejudo would be a huge addition to the UFC flyweight division and his background could create immediate casual interest in the still developing weight class.