2008 olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo has made it official and will enter MMA. The 25-year-old won the gold medal at the Beijing games in freestyle wrestling and retired from wrestling after coming up just short of the 2012 olympic team. The olympic wrestler announced the move via twitter.
Well, it’s official. #MMA here I come!
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) January 30, 2013
Cejudo was the youngest American to win a gold medal at age 21 after being a four time state champion (twice in Colorado and twice in Arizona). The son of Mexican immigrants, Cejudo overcame long odds to reach the level of success he did. Cejudo will likely compete at flyweight and is considered a hero in both the Mexican-American and Mexican communities, making him a prime target for promotions looking to connect with Latino audiences.
Cejudo will apparently compete at a currently unnamed March 2 show. Officials from Bellator MMA were in talks with the fighter prior to his 2012 attempt to join the US olympic team however no deal was ever reached.