December 6, 2022

Henry Cejudo Biography, Age, UFC, Fight, Book, Wrestling, Demetrious Johnson

Henry Cejudo Biography

Henry Cejudo (Henry Carlos Cejudo) is an American mixed martial artist and former freestyle wrestler. Cejudo is signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he competes in the men’s flyweight division, and is the reigning champion. As a freestyle wrestler, he is an Olympic gold medalist. As of January 2, 2019, Cejudo is #11 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings.

Henry Cejudo Wrestling

In 2006 while still in high school, Cejudo won the American wrestling federation’s national freestyle tournament at the most elite level. Soon after his victory, Cejudo began full-time training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Following successful performances at the Pan American Championships and Pan American Games, Cejudo won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He became the youngest American to ever become an Olympic champion in freestyle wrestling.

After the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Cejudo took an extended break from competition, before retiring from freestyle wrestling for good in 2012.

Henry Cejudo Mixed Martial Arts

On January 30, 2013, Cejudo announced on his Twitter page that he was planing to begin training for a career in MMA. Despite wrestling at 121 pounds during his wrestling career, Cejudo fought at 135 pounds in his MMA debut.

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Cejudo defeated Michael Poe by TKO due to punches in his MMA debut on March 2, 2013, for the Arizona-based World Fighting Federation.

Over the next year, he amassed an undefeated record of 6-0 with three wins by TKO, one by submission, and two by decision. Before signing with the UFC, Cejudo was listed as the #1 ranked bantamweight prospect in the MMA Prospects Report 2013.

Ufc Henry Cejudo | Henry Cejudo Ultimate Fighting Championship

On July 25, 2014, Henry Cejudo signed with the UFC. He is the third Olympic gold medalist wrestler in company history, after Kevin Jackson and Mark Schultz.

On August 30, 2014, Cejudo was expected to face Scott Jorgensen, at UFC 177. However, due to medical issues on the day of the weigh-ins, Cejudo was forced out of the bout and the fight was subsequently cancelled. In light of this, and Cejudo’s history of missing weight, president Dana White said he must either move up to bantamweight or leave the UFC.

In his eventual debut, Cejudo faced Dustin Kimura in a bantamweight bout on December 13, 2014, at UFC on Fox 13. Cejudo won the fight by unanimous decision.

On March 14, 2015, Cejudo faced Chris Cariaso in a flyweight bout at UFC 185. He won the fight by unanimous decision.

On June 13, 2015, Cejudo faced Chico Camus at UFC 188. He won the fight by unanimous decision.

On September 5, 2015, Cejudo was briefly linked to a bout against former title challenger Joseph Benavidez at UFC 191. However, the fight did not take place at the event. In turn, he faced Jussier Formiga on November 21, 2015, at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. Cejudo won the fight by split decision.

In May 2016, the UFC announced that Henry Cejudo would be one of the coaches, opposite Joseph Benavidez on The Ultimate Fighter 24. The pairing faced each other on December 3, 2016, at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale. Cejudo lost the back and forth fight via split decision.

On May 13, 2017, Cejudo was expected to face Sergio Pettis at UFC 211. However, on May 10, Cejudo pulled out of the fight with a hand injury and the bout was canceled.

On September 9, 2017, Cejudo faced Wilson Reis at UFC 215. He won the fight via TKO in the second round. This win also won Cejudo his first Performance of the Night bonus award.

On December 2, 2017, a rescheduled fight with Pettis took place at UFC 218. Cejudo won the fight by unanimous decision.

Demetrious Johnson Vs Henry Cejudo

On September 16, 2015, Cejudo announced that he would refuse to fight in Nevada after the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended and fined Nick Diaz following a failed drug test at UFC 182. Cejudo cited the NSAC’s process in determining Diaz’s guilt as the reason for the boycott.

Despite the lack of change in NSAC procedure, Cejudo ended his Nevada boycott to face UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson on April 23, 2016, at UFC 197 for the Flyweight title. He lost the fight via TKO in the first round, being dropped with a variety of strikes.

Two years after challenging for the Flyweight title, Cejudo faced Demetrious Johnson on August 4, 2018, in a rematch for UFC Flyweight Championship title in the co-main event at UFC 227. Cejudo won the back-and-forth fight via split decision to become the UFC’s second Flyweight champion and first Olympic gold medalist to capture UFC gold.

This fight earned Cejudo the Fight of the Night award. 13 of 25 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Cejudo, while 12 scored it for Johnson.

In November, 2018, Cejudo revealed that he had signed a six-fight contract with UFC.

On Jan 19, 2019, Cejudo is scheduled to face T.J. Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw for the UFC Flyweight Championship title fight.

Henry Cejudo Age

He was born on 9 February 1987 in Los Angeles, California, United States. He is 31 years old as of 2018.

Henry Cejudo Height

Cejudo stands at a height of 5 ft 4 in (163 cm) weighing 125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb).

Henry Cejudo Family

Cejudo is of Mexican descent. He is the son of Jorge Cejudo and Nelly Rico. Both his parents are Mexican (both born in Mexico City, Mexico). After his parents divorced when he was four, his father returned to Mexico and his mother became a permanent resident of the U.S.

Henry Cejudo Brother

Cejudo has a brother named Angel Cejudo, a freestyle wrestler who won the Dave Schultz Memorial International freestyle wrestling tournament in the 132-pound weight class on Tuesday, February 5, 2008..

Henry Cejudo Net Worth

Cejudo has an estimated net worth of $217,000.

Henry Cejudo Book

  • 2012: Wrestling For Dummies
  • 2010: American Victory: Wrestling, Dreams and a Journey Toward Home

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Henry Cejudo Gym

Henry Cejudo Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown













Demetrious Johnson

Decision (split)

UFC 227

August 4, 2018



Los Angeles, California, United States

Won the UFC Flyweight Championship. Fight of the Night.



Sergio Pettis

Decision (unanimous)

UFC 218

December 2, 2017



Detroit, Michigan, United States



Wilson Reis

TKO (punches)

UFC 215

September 9, 2017



Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Performance of the Night.



Joseph Benavidez

Decision (split)

The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale

December 3, 2016



Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Cejudo was deducted one point in round 1 due to repeated low blows.



Demetrious Johnson

TKO (knees and punches)

UFC 197

April 23, 2016



Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

For the UFC Flyweight Championship.



Jussier Formiga

Decision (split)

The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale: Magny vs. Gastelum

November 21, 2015



Monterrey, Mexico

UFC Flyweight title eliminator.



Chico Camus

Decision (unanimous)

UFC 188

June 13, 2015



Mexico City, Mexico



Chris Cariaso

Decision (unanimous)

UFC 185

March 14, 2015



Dallas, Texas, United States

Return to Flyweight.



Dustin Kimura

Decision (unanimous)

UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic

December 13, 2014



Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Return to Bantamweight.



Elias Garcia

Decision (unanimous)

Legacy FC 27

January 31, 2014



Houston, Texas, United States

Flyweight debut; Cejudo missed weight (128.5 lbs).



Ryan Hollis

Decision (unanimous)

Legacy FC 24

October 11, 2013



Dallas, Texas, United States

Catchweight (128 lbs) bout.



Miguelito Marti

TKO (punches)

Gladiator Challenge: American Dream

May 18, 2013



Lincoln, California, United States



Anthony Sessions

TKO (punches)

WFF 10: Cejudo v Sessions

April 19, 2013



Chandler, Arizona, United States

Won the WFF Bantamweight Championship.



Sean Henry Barnett

TKO (punches)

Gladiator Challenge: Battleground

March 24, 2013



San Jacinto, California, United States



Michael Poe

TKO (punches)

WFF MMA: Pascua Yaqui Fights 4

March 2, 2013



Tucson, Arizona, United States

Henry Cejudo Freestyle record

World Championships & Olympic Games Matches








2008 Olympic at 55kg



 Tomohiro Matsunaga

2-0, 3-0

August 19, 2008

2008 Summer Olympics

 Beijing, China



 Namig Sevdimov

3-5, 3-2, 4-3



 Besarion Gochashvili

1-3, 3-2, 3-0



 Radoslav Velikov

0-1, 3-2, 4-3

2007 UWW world 31st at 55kg



 Taghi Dadashi

0-1, 0-4

September 17, 2007

2007 World Wrestling Championships

 Baku, Azerbaijan

Henry Cejudo Freestyle honors

  •  Henri Deglane Challenge
  •  Sunkist Kids International Open
  •  Summer Olympics
  •  Pan American Championships
  • John Smith Award as the Freestyle Wrestler of the Year
  •  Pan American Games
  •  Pan American Championships
  •  Wrestling World Cup
  •  Pan American Championships

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Henry Cejudo explains how he knew T.J. Dillashaw couldn’t continue: ‘I felt his body go limp’

Henry Cejudo’s first title defense will go down as a 32-second TKO in the record books, and he’s just as quick to stop any talk of a bad stoppage.

In the main event of UFC Brooklyn on Saturday, Cejudo successfully prevented T.J. Dillashawfrom adding Cejudo’s UFC flyweight championship to his trophy case that already currently holds the UFC bantamweight championship. He wobbled Dillashaw early in the fight and capitalized with follow-up strikes until the bout was waved off.

Afterwards, both Dillashaw and UFC president Dana White expressed skepticism over referee Kevin MacDonald’s decision to call for the stoppage, but Cejudo is confident that the fight ended right when it should have.

“It was a great stoppage because I felt his body go limp,” Cejudo said at the post-fight press conference. “You guys have to understand I weighed in at 146 pounds when I fought him. Strong, and you could see it. Every blow that he took, he was eating some hammers. Personally, I thought it was a good stoppage because he was going to take another 10, 20 hits.

“When your body goes limp like that, when you cut weight like that, thinking you’re gonna go out there and just take my belt from me, that’s not the way it works. So I think it was a great stoppage. This is why MMA is sanctioned now because of refs. If I was to talk to that ref, ‘You’re okay, man. We were both in there. We saw him go limp a few times.’ Watch it again and you’ll see it.”

Cejudo didn’t blame Dillashaw for complaining afterwards, citing their shared competitive spirit. However, he stopped short of saying that there was any supposed controversy, much less one that would merit an immediate rematch at 125 pounds. He said he’ll need to speak to White and his manager about what’s next for him.

“I think partially what makes T.J. good is the fact that he is a sore loser. So am I,” Cejudo said. “But you know what, at least I’m able to accept it and get better from it.

“I saw he was hurt since the beginning, I thought it was that kick that really kind of rattled him. I’m going to have to re-watch that fight, but I could tell, I saw him going limp, I saw his body changing. I shoved him down. If you shove somebody down, they’re hurt. If I do this to you and you’re just (acts dazed), come on.”

Just the second flyweight titleholder in UFC history, Cejudo said that he still considers winning the championship from Demetrious Johnson to be his greatest achievement so far. He added that he always believed Johnson would have beaten Dillashaw if the two fought, so he wanted to take on the challenge himself when the opportunity arose.

Johnson has since been traded to ONE Championship, leaving Cejudo and the rest of the flyweight division in a state of limbo as they wait to hear what the UFC’s plans are for them. The Olympic wrestling gold medalist took pride in winning one for the little guys, especially after Dillashaw had previously bragged that he was being paid to shut down the division.

“This win was not just for me but for every flyweight out there that wanted the opportunity to fight for a world title someday,” Cejudo said. “I put him on the mat. I beat — I know he may not accept it from what I’m hearing — but I beat the greatest bantamweight of all time. And this is a flyweight, these are the guys that are boring (laughs).”

Given that Cejudo is considering moving up to bantamweight to challenge Dillashaw for his title, he was asked why he would do that instead of continuing to build up his division by taking fights at 125 pounds. Besides the fact that he still has been given no assurances about how long his division will even exist, he pointed out that it’s only fair for Dillashaw to offer the same opportunity that Cejudo gave him.

“Because I gave him the opportunity,” Cejudo said. “I gave him the opportunity, part of it too is it is added to my legacy. I’ve done things from the Olympics to defeating two of the greatest fighters of all time. I feel like now, it’s okay guys, I think I have the right to say, ‘Hey, give me a shot. Allow me to keep this belt at 125 pounds. You can get your rematch, but let’s do it at 135 pounds. Give me a shot now.’

“The champ loses his juice. He’s going to fight somebody, he’s going to go defend his title at 135 pounds and he’s got a loss underneath me. That doesn’t make any sense, right? Or maybe? I don’t know. I’m just happy.”

Regardless, Cejudo plans to take his time with his next move, especially if it involves bulking up to 135 pounds. He sees himself as having a target on his back and he wants to silence the doubters and critics, even though he believes that there are more important factors that define his legacy.

“I do because now there’s an X, when you beat somebody like T.J., everybody wants a piece of you now,” Cejudo said. “There’s gonna be a lot of naysayers, ‘Oh, you didn’t beat D.J.’ and now, ‘They stopped it too early with T.J.’ It’s like, God, when am I gonna get the respect that I need, that I deserve? When? When?

“But it doesn’t even bother me no more because I’ve got the credentials to prove it and that’s all there is to it.”



TJ Dillashaw demands immediate rematch because he ‘didn’t lose’ to Henry Cejudo, the fight was STOLEN

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw, has to crawl back to 135 pounds with his tail between his legs after failing to “kill” the flyweight division last Saturday night (Jan. 19, 2019) inside Barclays Center.

Dillashaw demanded an immediate rematch — at flyweight — after having the Henry Cejudo fight “stolen” by referee Kevin MacDonald. Even promotion president, Dana White, called it a “horrible stoppage” at the post-fight press conference.

“Sucks to have it stolen from you,” Dillashaw told reporters (via MMA Junkie). “It’s a champ-vs.-champ fight, and you’re going to stop the fight like that? I’m in on a single leg. (The referee) said, ‘Hey, show me something.’ I said, ‘OK.’ I’m on a single leg in a scramble, (Cejudo) stops punching, he’s defending a single leg, and (the referee’s) going to stop the fight? It’s just ridiculous. It’s pretty pathetic that I have better knowledge (than the referee).”

During his post-fight interview, Cejudo offered to give Dillashaw an immediate rematch at bantamweight in an effort to become the promotion’s next “champ-champ.” That said, it sounds like Dillashaw has something to prove at 125 pounds.

“Look, congratulations, Henry Cejudo. Great job, man. But you did not win. You did not win this fight. I am happy to accept defeat, but I did not lose. I was more rocked in the first Cody (Garbrandt) fight than that fight. I got clipped, hardly clipped behind the ear, and a grown man is going to be shoving you. Of course you’re going to be in a scramble. This (expletive) needs to happen again, at flyweight. This is bullshit. I worked my ass off 12 weeks to get here. To have it stolen from me in 30 seconds.”

Speaking of things that get stolen, Joseph Benavidez is next in line for a flyweight title shot after turning away Dustin Ortiz at UFC Brooklyn. Not just for the win on ESPN+, but also because Benavidez holds a win over Cejudo from 2016.