Two fights in the UFC usually does not get you ranked in the top ten of your weight class, but Henry Cejudo is an exception, and for a good reason.

Before jumping up the UFC flyweight division rankings, Cejudo had a unique life.

Cejudo is one of the greatest wrestlers in United States history and his decision to skip college, and instead, wrestle for the United States of America highlights that. He won four state championships in high school and was named the ASICS National High School Wrestler of the Year in 2006. Then, at 21 years old, Cejudo won the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He was the youngest American wrestler to ever win a gold medal.

Just like his wrestling career, Cejudo wasted no time for showing he was going to be a dominant mixed martial artist. Cejudo announced that he would be training MMA in January of 2013. By January 2014, Cejudo was already 6-0 in his professional career and signed his UFC contract in July of 2014.

On Dec. 13, 2014, Cejudo won his UFC debut by unanimous decision over Dustin Kimura at the bantamweight division. Cejudo dominated the fight and showed he deserved some better completion in the UFC.

Before his next fight, Cejudo decided to cut down to flyweight from his original weight class of bantamweight, and this was a great decision.

His first fight in the bantamweight division and second fight of his UFC career was a big one, against Chris Cariaso, who was ranked tenth in the flyweight division.

There were a lot of questions about Cejudo, but he answered them, and answered them in a big way. Cejudo dominated the fight for all three rounds and showed that he is no joke in the bantamweight division.

Fresh off of his dominating victory over Chris Cariaso, Cejudo showed that he is a legitimate contender and that he deserves some bigger fights.

Cejudo is already ranked tenth in the division after only two fights in the UFC and one fight at the bantamweight weight class.

Cejudo is the real deal and I guarantee he will keep pushing forward and only getting better. Look for him to make a push for a top five spot by the end of 2015 and maybe even in a spot for a title shot.

 

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Jeremy Klump
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Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.