Henry Cejudo is an Olympic wrestler gold medalist, former UFC flyweight champion, bestselling author, and the only American to ever win a gold medal in freestyle wrestling. His success story is well worth reading.
Cejudo was born to parents Danny and Loreda in Phoenix, Arizona, where he grew up in a working-class family, all while benefiting from his father, who was himself a champion wrestler but lost everything when Henry left for college went. After graduating from college, Henry began training with some of the best wrestlers in the world including his mentor Eddie Bravo while aiming high for himself.
The American kickboxer began as a wrestler and became a NCAA Division I national champion with Oklahoma State University in 2003. He went on to become the youngest American athlete to win an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He later made it big in MMA, eventually winning the UFC Flyweight Championship at the age of 33 and has remained one of America’s most compelling MMA fighters ever since. It is always said that before you can achieve your goals, you must first believe that it is possible. Henry Cejudo is living proof of that.
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Henry Cejudo takes a walk down memory lane
Cejudo made his professional wrestling debut and joined in 2007 WWE in 2008. The Olympian has always been a wrestling fan and he has described his experience at Wrestlemania as a dream come true. Cejudo was matched against TJ Dillashaw and although he put up a good fight he ended up losing the match. After several years in the development arm of WWE, NXT, Cejudo was released from the company in 2014.
He then competed in various independent promotions before signing with UFC in 2018. On March 3, 2019, Cejudo defeated the UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrius Johnson to win the title. After that there was no turning back. “Dreams do come true”tweeted Henry Cejudo as he looks back and reacts to his WrestleMania debut.
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