Henry "The Messenger" Cejudo is a retired 2-division UFC Champion(Bantamweight and Flyweight) with a professional MMA record of 16-wins and 2-losses. Cejudo has a black belt in Aikido and is the only person in history to win a UFC Championship and an Olympic Gold Medal.
Henry Cejudo started his combat sports career in wrestling during his high school years. He won the freshman and sophomore titles in Arizona and won the Colorado State Championships during his junior and senior years.
After graduating from high school, Cejdudo continued pursuing wrestling in college and focused on his international wrestling career. Cejudo went on to win the US National Championships in 2006 and 2007. He then won the Pan American Championships from 2006-2008, earned a bronze medal at the Wrestling World Cup, and won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in the Freestyle Wrestling 55kg category.
Cejudo started training in MMA in 2010 and made his professional MMA debut in 2013 at WFF- Pascua Yaqui Fighter 4 against Michael Poe. He followed this up by defeating Sean Barnett at Gladiator Challenge and then fighting Anthony Sessions at WFF 10 for the vacant WFF Bantamweight Championship. He won the fight in the first round via TKO(punches) and then won his next 3-fights in the US regional circuit.
Cejudo signed with the UFC in 2014 after amassing a professional MMA record of 6-0.
Henry Cejudo UFC
Henry Cejudo made his UFC debut at UFC on Fox 13 against Dustin Kimura. He won the fight via unanimous decision and then proceeded to win his next 3-fights in the promotion at Bantamweight. Cejduo then dropped down to Flyweight to challenge Demetrius Johnson for the UFC Flyweight Championship at UFC 197.
Demetrius Johnson got the better of Cejudo with his striking arsenal and TKO'ed the challenger in the first round via knees to the body. After the loss, Cejudo became a coach opposite Joseph Benavidez in the 24th season of the Ultimate Fighter. Cejudo lost the fight against Benavidez via unanimous decision as he was penalized a point in the first round due to recurrent low blows.
He got back on the winning ways in his next fight against Wilson Wilson Reis at UFC 215. Cejudo TKO'ed Reis in the second round and then defeated Sergio Pettis at UFC 218 via unanimous decision to get a rematch title shot against Demetrius Johnson at UFC 218. Cejudo defeated Johnson in a close split decision victory to become the new UFC Flyweight Champion.
Cejudo then defended the Flyweight title against T.J Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night 143. Cejudo overwhelmed Dillashaw in the fight and finished him in 32 seconds to retain the title. Following this, he next went up to Bantamweight to fight Marion Moraes at UFC 238 for the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship.
Cejudo TKO'ed Moraes in the third round to become the UFC Bantamweight Champion and become the 4th fighter in UFC history to become a 2-division champion. He then defended his Bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz at UFC 249. Cejudo defeated Dominick in the last seconds of the 2nd round via a controversial TKO stoppage by the referee.
Henry Cejudo vs Dominick Cruz
Henry Cejudo fought Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 for the UFC Bantamweight Championship. The first round started with Cejudo focusing on leg kicks and Cruz using his unique footwork to create angles and hit combos. The fight was mainly on the feet as Cejudo was able to land the only successful takedown on Cruz that gained him ground control time for just 14 seconds.
Both fighters increased their pace and aggression in the second round. The turning point came in the last 30 seconds of the fight as both fighters got into a nasty head collision that left Cejudo bleeding.
After resumption, Cejudo dropped Cruz with 10 seconds left in the round and proceeded to ground-and-pound Cruz to finish him with 2 seconds left on the clock.
Cejudo announced his retirement from the sport in the post-fight interview.
Henry Cejudo Career Stats
Henry Cejudo's current MMA record stands at 16-2. He retired from MMA in 2020