The last time we saw Chris “Kamikaze” Cariaso fight was in 2014, with a sad loss to Demetrious Johnson. While he has had 6 months to train for his upcoming fight against Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo, we should see a pretty even match. Cariaso (17-6-0) pounded out his first fight in 2006, while Cejudo (7-0-0) entered the ring for the first time in 2013. Cejudo sends a strong message with his undefeated record; however, Cariaso’s extra 7 years under his belt definitely puts him at an advantage.

Although Cejudo has not fought a lot, he sends a strong signal when he does. He is quick on his feet, but has yet to prove his skills on the floor. The key to this fight lies in the ability for Cariaso to tire him out on his feet and get him to the floor.

Stay Standing

Cariaso has a 65% strike rate on his feet, with a mean TKO when he comes out strong. Cejudo also has a 60% strike rate; however, when Cariaso comes out ready, there is no avoiding the digs. Chris Cariaso also has a high kick, and if he can start with a few punches and finish with a good kick, it should be an easy victory.

Rear Naked Choke

Cariaso has experience grappling, so when he hits the floor, he does not submit easy. He has won fights with a rear naked choke, which Cejudo should look out for whether on his feet or on the floor.

Keep Moving

Often times fighters find themselves at a stand still, literally. They do not know what their next move should be, and then they end up against the cage with nowhere to go. As long as Cariaso can keep moving, utilize the space given to him, and eventually get Cejudo to the floor,  he should be staring another victory in the eye.


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About The Author

Colter Lindstrom
Staff Writer

Colter Lindstrom grew up scrapping with friends involved in the local MMA gym and Martial Arts Sports Academy. While a shoulder injury prevented a future in fighting, he continues his love for the sport. He is earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Full Sail University, where he works on perfecting his coverage details. ​