Henry Cejudo, who won Olympic gold at the 2008 Summer Olympics, has announced he will enter into the world of MMA. Cejudo, currently 25, was a four-time high school state wrestling champion.
“Well, it’s official. MMA here I come,” Cejudo posted Wednesday.
Cejudo retired from amateur wrestling after the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in which he was defeated. He was named the 2006 National High School Wrestler of the Year, and became the youngest U.S. Olympic champion when he captured gold.
Thanks to his incredible journey from South Central Los Angeles to the Olympics, Cejudo became a household name overnight. He grew up without a father, relying on his mother and many siblings to help mold him.
Prior to making another run at the Olympics, Cejudo was in talks to join Bellator.