As the youngest American wrestler to ever win an Olympic gold medal, the expectations for Henry Cejudo are extremely high. A remarkable athlete with a tremendous skill set, Cejudo has the potential to be a force. But even though he’s undefeated in the cage, he’s had some issues getting there.

On several occasions Cejudo has had bad weight cuts to 125 that have resulted in bouts being cancelled at the last minute; including his original UFC debut bout against Scott Jorgensen. So after making his UFC debut at 135, Cejudo is once again attempting to make weight and compete at 125.

There’s never been a question about Cejudo’s ability, but his weight issues have a lot of people questioning his dedication to the sport. Missing weight again would force him to permanently move to 135 and given his history it would even put his job in jeopardy.

Weight isn’t the only thing Cejudo has to worry about on Saturday though as he is set to take on recent title challenger Chris Cariaso. A veteran of 11 UFC fights, Cariaso has seen it all in the Octagon and he has the tools to really gauge Cejudo’s place in the division.

Good Weight Cut

First and foremost, Cejudo needs to come in on weight. In addition to that, he needs to make weight the right way. We’ve seen bad cuts have negative effects on a fighter’s performance in the cage and Cejudo can’t afford to perform poorly because his fitness isn’t on point.

Dictate the Pace

Once they actually get into the cage, it will be all about dictating the pace for Cejudo. If he can control the action and cut off the cage the way he did against Dustin Kimura, Cariaso is going to be in trouble. And with his ridiculous wrestling pedigree, Cejudo can really change the dynamics and the pressure being put on his opponent. Cariaso has been in the cage with some of the very best, but no one quite like Cejudo.

Utilize Boxing

Coming into the UFC, everyone knew Cejudo had the wrestling chops to give anyone fits, but against Kimura, we got to see just how talented he was as a striker. Cejudo was fluid and accurate on the feet; he really looked like a natural. He will need to utilize those tools against Cariaso to bring home the win on Saturday.

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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.