Legacy FC has just signed one of the bantamweight division’s most promising athletes. Olympic gold medalist wrestler Henry Cejudo is set to make his LFC debut in October, having signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion.
The 26-year old fighter will face Ryan Hollis at Legacy FC 24 as part of the event’s main card, set to air on AXS TV.
“It was very important to me to join a professional organization that will allow me the opportunity to continue to grow as an MMA athlete,” Cejudo said in a statement. “It was equally important for me to partner with an organization that has an established track record of helping fighters grow into world-class athletes and champions. I want to fight for a credible organization and face high-caliber opponents. Legacy is that organization and has made that commitment to me.”
“I am very excited about Henry Cejudo being a part of Legacy Fighting Championship,” Legacy FC President Mick Maynard added. “Since finding out that Henry was moving into MMA, I have pursued the possibility of him competing for us. Henry is an exceptional athlete and individual that is exactly the kind of person we look for to represent Legacy.”
Cejudo is currently 4-0 in his MMA career, finishing each of his fights with a flurry of punches. The figure is even more impressive considering he’s only been fighting professionally for a few months.
Cejudo began wrestling in high school in 2006, becoming a four-time state champion, and four-time national title holder. He was also named high school “Wrestler of the Year” in 2006. He went on to win the US Nationals as a high schooler, then opted to skip college to train in Colorado Springs with USA Wrestling. He subsequently won another US Nationals title and gold at the Pan American Games.
In 2008, at the age of 21, he competed for Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He won gold, becoming the youngest wrestler in US history to do so. In 2012 though, his wrestling career hit a speed bump when he failed to qualify for the Olympic team. In the traditional sign of retirement, he removed his wrestling shoes, then chose to throw them to the crowd rather than leave them on the center of the mat.
Without missing a beat, Cejudo announced that he would be moving on to MMA, and so far, he seems nearly unstoppable on the local circuit. He’s finished all four of his opponents in the first round, and is looking to step up his level of competition in Legacy FC.
The young fighter is no doubt one of MMA’s brightest prospects, and without a doubt, the big organizations are going to be keeping an eye on his LFC debut in a few months. Legacy FC 24 will take place on October 11 at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas.