Olympian Henry Cejudo’s MMA debut against Michael Poe didn’t take long. After Cejudo escaped a few shots to the body, he secured a takedown and several punches later the referee stepped in.
The win took less than 90 seconds and was the co-main event of World Fighting Federation (WFF) this past weekend.
“He caught me with a shot but it was nothing crazy,” said Cejudo post-fight. “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.”
Cejudo was a gold medalist in the 121 pound freestyle wrestling at the 2008 Beijing Games. After he didn’t qualify for the 2012 games, he quickly shifted his focus into an MMA career.
The loss was Poe’s fifth in a row.
Cejudo said there was plenty of room for improvement and plans to show that in his next fight.
For the remainder of the year, Cejudo looks to stay active with the hope of another seven fights before December. He returns for WFF on March 24 with no opponent named.