According to UFC Tonight, the UFC are in talks with Olympic gold medalist and flyweight prospect Henry Cejudo. Cejudo was set to compete for the Legacy FC flyweight title in August, though withdrew for undisclosed reasons – now, the reason is abundantly clear.
If a deal can be reached, Cejudo will join fellow Legacy star Holly Holm at the UFC and – as a result – the Texas-based promotion will lose two of their biggest draws within a matter of weeks. Cejudo will also join a plethora of Olympic medallists already under the UFC’s ranks, with silver medallists Yoel Romero and Sara McMann, and bronze medallist Ronda Rousey already making the transition.
The following tweet was sent from the official UFC Tonight account:
Who is @HenryCejudo? A 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist who may be coming to the UFC.
— UFC Tonight (@UFCTonight) July 24, 2014
6-0 as a professional, it was only seen as a matter of time before Henry Cejudo was snapped up by the UFC, especially after winning a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, also winning the 2007 Pan Ams in Rio de Janeiro. With that recognition for casual fans, this would add a much-needed star name to the flyweight division, which has been lacking in that area.
Demetrious Johnson is set to defend his title against Chris Cariaso next at UFC 177, with Cariaso winning three in a row, though has lost to two top 10 fighters in the division. Johnson has defeated all five fighters ranked below him, and many feared that the flyweight division would lack contenders in the near future. If Cejudo should reach a deal with the UFC, it wouldn’t take long to climb the 125lbs ladder.
Cejudo has finished four of his six wins, which is a rarity in the lighter weight classes. He was set to fight for the Legacy FC flyweight title against Damacio Page at Legacy 34, though both fighters have since been replaced by Pedro Souza (12-0) will meet Brian Hall (6-2) (h/t MMAFighting).