I love Henry Cejudo, from his walkout song to his fighting style, to his character – he may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think he is an absolute legend and i’m a huge fan.
If you don’t like him, or feel indifferent then at the very least you have to respect he man’s accomplishments, and that’s what we are focusing on today at the MMAGateway because from my perspective Henry Cejudo is a winner that should be celebrated.
In case you didn’t know Henry Cejudo this past weekend became UFC Flyweight and UFC Bantamweight champion by defeating the devastating striker Marlon Moraes by 3rd round TKO at UFC 238.
With this win Cejudo has become the newest member of UFC fighters to hold two belts at the same time, along with other greats like: Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes.
For a man so diminutive at 5 ft 4, Henry Cejudo has a will to win that is much larger than most MMA fighters. He truly is an inspiration, any small men who are not yet fans of Henry Cejudo must follow him immediately and all MMA fans generally should celebrate the amazing narrative of Henry Cejudo,
Here’s what Henry had to say to Joe Rogan straight after becoming the triple champ, injecting the question of if he is the greatest combat sports athlete ever –
What a UFC run What a story
Sometimes in MMA you hear fighters being on a great run, but then when they fight the very best at their weight they crumble – but just look at who Henry Cejudo has beaten since joining the UFC.
When he arrived in the UFC in 2014 he immediately hit the ground running, storming up the rankings by defeating solid competitors straight away like: Dustin Kimura, Chris Cariaso, Chico Camus and the top 5 Flyweight in Jussier Formiga.
Then he had back to back losses, first to the legendary Demetrious Johnson in his first title fight, then he lost a close split decision to Joseph Benavidez soon after.
But it was really these losses that I feel caused Cejudo to train and dream harder, to go on to do what he would do next – he knocked out Wilson Reis, then soundly beat the at the time surging Sergio Pettis by decision.
Then he got a rematch with Demetrious Johnson and this time Cejudo actually managed to defeat one of the pound for pound kings in MMA in Demetrious Johnson, a man who was undefeated for 6 years, to become the UFC Flyweight champion in August 2018 at UFC 227.
If that wasn’t a great enough feat to impress you, then after that in January this year, he only welcomed Bantamweight legend and at the time UFC Bantamweight champion in TJ Dillashaw down to Flyweight. Cejudo brutally knocked out Dillashaw in 32 seconds of the first round. Unbelievable.
Then TJ was stripped of his Bantamweight title for failing a drug test after the event, so with the UFC Bantamweight title being vacant, Cejudo took his time to strike and this past weekend defeated the incredible striker in Marlon Moraes by 3rd round TKO.
Cejudo was losing badly against Moraes in the first round, but came back to completely take over the fight in the second and third rounds. Which is a real testament to Cejudo’s toughness and will to win, especially once we found out Cejudo had a terrible sprained ankle before the fight and could have pulled out.
What a legend, Henry Cejudo is the perfect example of why you never give up on your dreams –
The Only current Gold medalist in the UFC.
Now as Henry likes to remind people, he is an Olympic Gold medalist in freestyle Wrestling at the 2008 Olympics. Now as he pointed out on the mic in his post fight interview, he is the only current triple champ in the UFC right now with two UFC titles and an Olympic Gold Medal – I also believe he is the only current active UFC fighter with an Olympic Gold Medal to his name.
If you scoff at this, then I say you don’t get how special Henry Cejudo really is – the man is such an athletic competitor, who really is fearless, has unbelievable wrestling and hits way harder than people expect.
Some haters have said Cejudos claim of being a triple champ is not valid, but I for one agree with Cejudo a Gold Medal at the Olympics in some form of combat sports, is something akin to a world title to me.
So to all the haters, why don’t you go and see how easy it is to get a Gold Medal at any weight of Wrestling in the olympics? You can go and learn the hard way just how hard that really is, which would underline to you just how high level of a competitor Henry Cejudo really is.
Remind yourself of Henry Cejudo’s feats of greatness with these highlights –
A truly inspiring character in combat sports
Henry Cejudo is an absolute legend, I personally think that he is the best smaller weight fighter to ever enter the UFC which I think his last 3 wins particularly highlight – a small man with huge power in life and truly first ever Triple Champ in the UFC.
Call his character and fight promotion cringey if you want, but I think the whole package of Henry Cejudo is all entertaining and just makes sense, even his name sounds cool to say I think – so no matter how you feel about him he is a truly inspiring character in the sport.
The man is full of deep meaning when he fights, when he speaks and in general so I think his nickname the Messenger is so perfect.
Some people may laugh at the prospect of Cejudo possibly moving up weights again in the future and taking on Max Holloway for the UFC Featherweight title to potentially be the first ever UFC fighter to hold 3 belts at once.
Please never change Henry Cejudo, you are a true legend, guaranteed hall of famer – thanks for all you have done in the sport of MMA, I hope you keep proving everyone who doubts you wrong, you are without question one of the greatest ever!
That’s all for today MMA fans, so thanks for reading – please like, share subscribe and as always stay tuned for more from the world of MMA right here at MMAGateway.
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