Olympic medalist Henry Cejudo wins MMA debut

Jan Kruger

Henry Cejudo, who took home wrestling gold in the 2008 Olympics, won his MMA debut this weekend in Arizona.

Henry Cejudo, who took home Olympic Gold in the freestyle wrestling 121 pound division from the 2008 Beijing games, won his MMA debut this weekend. Cejudo (1-0) beat Michael Poe (0-5) in a Bantamweight bout in the co-main event of Saturday's World Fighting Federation Pascua Yaqui Fights 4 card in Tucson, AZ.

Sherdog recapped the action:

Poe followed up (his initial punch) with a spinning back kick that grazed Cejudo's midsection. Seconds later, before Poe could formulate a follow-up combo, Cejudo drove his opponent to the ground with a powerful takedown. The single, effortless motion put Poe on his back and on the defensive.

Looking for positional control, Cejudo held down Poe. With ground-and-pound not finding the mark, Poe threw up triangle choke and armbar submission attempts that made Cejudo aware but did not put the Phoenix fighter in danger. Still in Poe's full guard, Cejudo found a home for a rapid succession of right hands. Moments after the first significant offense of the fight connected, the referee inside the cage called a halt to the contest, giving Cejudo the first-round TKO win and Poe his fifth consecutive loss.

"It was different. It's a little faster paced here. I was a little shocked," said Cejudo after the bout. "That dude has a pair of cojones on him. He just came out swinging. He caught me with a shot but it was nothing crazy. I don't like getting hit. I really work on my defense a lot, that's what makes me a good fighter. It's part of the sport, getting hit."

UFC veteran Edgar Garcia (12-3, 0-2 UFC) submitted Leroy Fernof (5-7) in the main event on that same card.

After the bout Cejudo and his trainer shot a video interview:


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