Henry Cejudo a 125 pounder who won the men's freestyle wrestling gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics has announced he's becoming a mixed martial artist.
Henry Cejudo, the 2008 Gold medal winner in Men's Freestyle wrestling at 55kg, has announced he is coming to mixed martial arts. From his twitter:
Well, it's official. #MMA here I come!— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) January 30, 2013
This is a long-awaited event. The 25-year-old Cejudo is not only one of the world's best wrestlers at his weight class, he's also a bit of an amateur boxer. Here's video of Cejudo boxing at the Arizona State Fair:
Cejduo spoke to Luke Thomas a couple years back about the possibility of his coming to MMA and here's what he had to say:
Luke: 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 lost at the 2012 Olympic trials and has been expected to announce his MMA career ever since.