As the sport of Mixed Martial Arts has grown, so has the influx of Olympians looking for a competitive career beyond the games where a solid salary can be scored using the skills they’ve honed for years. 26-year old Henry Cejudo is the latest example of such, taking his wrestling skills to the cage after winning gold in 2008 as the youngest American to do so in the sport.
Cejudo was officially introduced to the MMA world over the weekend in a bout against severely less-promising prospect Michael Poe at a World Fighting Federation show and came out triumphant. However, while Cejudo picked up a TKO in the opening round of action, it wasn’t necessarily smooth sailing throughout after the newcomer got clipped early on and also had to fend off a few submission attempts.
“It was different. It’s a little faster paced here. I was a little shocked,” explained Cejudo of the experience in a conversation captured by Sherdog. “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.”
With a 1-0 record, a tremendous backstory, and elite-level skills, the sky seems to be the limit for Cejudo. It’s a notion he’s not inclined to disagree with either.
“I don’t mean to be arrogant or ignorant. I’m here to perform. I’m here to get better. I’m here to listen to my trainers and my coaches. I just want to continue to get better,” said Cejudo after saying his goal was to be the division’s top fighter. “All I can promise you is that I’m going to give it my all.”
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