To the surprise of no one, the UFC announced they have added an Olympic gold medalist to the active roster, confirming the signing of Henry Cejudo recently.
Cejudo joins fellow Olympians Ronda Rousey, Sara McMann and Yoel Romero on the roster. He becomes the third gold medalist to compete inside the Octagon, joining Kevin Jackson and Mark Schultz.
Cejudo (6-0) was scheduled to fight for Legacy Fighting Championship, but the bout was recently scratched. He will face Scott Jorgensen at UFC 177.
“It feels good to be part of the UFC family finally,” Cejudo said. “I always wanted to become a student of the game and at least get six-to-eight fights before coming to the UFC. Now, I think I’m in my prime and I’ve never felt this strong in my life.
“I won the Olympics at 21. I could only grow half a mustache, and now I’ve got a full beard.”
Cejudo will face Jorgensen in the flyweight division. In his last official bout, he failed to make weight, but still defeated Elias Garcia in January via decision. His first four wins came via finish, including three first round TKOs.
Cejudo entered the 2008 Beijing Olympics and won the 121-pound wrestling weight class, defeating Tomohiro Matsunaga in the finals. He won four high school state wrestling titles – two in Colorado and two in Arizona – and was named the 2006 National High School Wrestler of the Year.