Henry Cejudo: By the Numbers
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Henry Cejudo was a worthy challenger for Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight titleholder Demetrious Johnson at UFC 197. Though lacking a deep mixed martial arts resume, the Fight Ready standout was a 2008 Olympic gold medalist and was though to possess the skills necessary to give Johnson a run for his money.
In hindsight, “Mighty Mouse” was too great an obstacle to overcome. After his technical knockout loss, Cejudo went back to the drawing board to make better use of his footwork while maintaining his physicality. Fans expect a wiser, more mature Cejudo at UFC 227, where he rematches Johnson for the flyweight crown on Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
As Cejudo prepares to challenge Johnson for a second time, here are some of the numbers that have come to define him:
4: Wins without a loss in freestyle wrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Cejudo defeated wrestlers from Azerbaijan, Georgia and Bulgaria to claim the gold medal.
21: Years of age when he captured Olympic gold, becoming the youngest American to achieve the feat.
1: Round needed to beat Michael Poe in his professional MMA debut on March 2, 2013. Cejudo struck Poe into submission at 1:25.
2: Fights in one month to kickstart his career in 2013. Cejudo fought Poe on March 2 and Sean Henry Barnett on March 24. Both fights ended in TKO victories.
4: Consecutive first-round finishes to start his professional MMA run. After Poe and Barnett, Cejudo also stopped Anthony Sessions and Miguelito Marti with punches.
2: Fights under the Legacy Fighting Championship banner. Cejudo decisioned Ryan Hollis and Elias Garcia.
72: Significant strikes landed against Dustin Kimura, per FightMetric. Kimura connected with only 25. Cejudo was pitted against the Hawaiian in his organizational debut at UFC on Fox 13 and earned a unanimous decision.
6: Takedowns completed on Chris Cariaso in a unanimous decision win at UFC 185, a personal-best inside the Octagon.
2: Divisions in which he has fought. Cejudo debut as a bantamweight but now competes at 125 pounds.
2: Losses in the UFC. Cejudo suffered his first defeat to Johnson and then wound up on the wrong side of a split decision against Joseph Benavidez at “The Ultimate Fighter 24” Finale in December 2016.
68: Significant strikes landed against Benavidez, who connected for 69. It illustrates the closeness of their match. Cejudo managed to secure a takedown but could not curry enough favor from the judges.
34: Significant strikes landed on Wilson Reis in his UFC 215 technical knockout against the longtime Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. Reis connected for only five before being stopped 25 seconds into the second round. The win earned Cejudo a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.
0: Submission wins to his credit. Cejudo has 12 victories on his resume, seven by decision and five by knockout or technical knockout.
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