The UFC heads to the American Airlines Center in Dallas on March 14, 2015 for UFC 185, and two titles aren’t the only things up for grabs. Some fighters will step into the Octagon looking to secure a title shot while others will step into the cage simply fighting for their jobs. But while everyone who fights on Saturday has something to gain, no one has more to gain than Henry Cejudo.

As the youngest American wrestler to ever win an Olympic gold medal, Cejudo is one of the most highly touted prospects in the UFC today. In his official UFC debut, Cejudo completely dominated talented bantamweight Dustin Kimura for three full rounds.

Watching Cejudo in the cage, it’s clear that he is a special talent with huge upside. It’s his out of the cage issues you have to worry about. In Cejudo’s short MMA career, he’s developed a reputation for being a bit flaky and that has led to several of his bouts being cancelled at the last minute. Initially, Cejudo was expected to face Scott Jorgensen at flyweight in his UFC debut but due to “medical issues – a bad weight cut – the bout was cancelled at the last minute. This led to UFC President Dana White giving Cejudo the ultimatum that either he move up to bantamweight or he leave the organization.

Now that Cejudo has successfully debuted in the Octagon at 135, he is once again looking to make 125 and that is why UFC 185 is so pivotal for him. First off he needs to make the weight. Missing weight would result in a permanent move to up bantamweight and it could potentially cost him his UFC career given his history. Then he has face respected veteran Chris Cariaso; a fighter who is coming off of a UFC flyweight title fight loss.

This will be the toughest test of Cejudo’s MMA career by far and if he comes in on weight and wins he will instantly be thrust into the UFC flyweight title picture. The 125-pound division isn’t the UFC’s deepest and Demetrious Johnson has already defeated all of the top contenders. It wouldn’t be out of the question to see Cejudo pushed to the front of the line for a shot at Johnson if he wins in impressive fashion.

Cejudo is a marketable fighter and a sizable following from his time as an elite international wrestler. He’s exactly the kind of athlete the division needs to give it some significance because right now flyweight is an afterthought to the casual fan.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.