The UFC has officially signed highly touted flyweight Henry Cejduo.
A 2008 U.S. Olympic gold medalist, Cejudo became the youngest wrestler in U.S. history to come out on top of the Olympic games when he defeated Japan’s Tomohiro Matsunaga in Beijing at just 21 years old. Since retiring from amateur wrestling in 2012, the Phoenix based fighter has emerged as one of the most promising prospects in all of mixed martial arts.
Despite missing weight in his last two flyweight bouts under the Legacy FC banner, Cejudo secured a pair of unanimous decision victories over Elias Garcia and Ryan Hollis in his first two bouts with the organization.
He’ll get a major step up in competition as it was also announced his UFC debut will come against MMA veteran Scott Jorgensen at UFC 177 in September.
Jorgensen (15-9), a former WEC bantamweight title contender, is coming off a hard fought decision victory over Danny Martinez at UFC Fight Night 42. Both men were awarded Fight of the Night bonuses for their performances. Prior to this victory, ‘Young Guns’ had dropped three straight and five of his past six.
“[Jorgensen] is a tough fighter and I know it’s going to be a fight,” Cejudo told UFC.com. “He’s a wrestler, he wrestled Division I, and it’s not going to be an easy fight, that’s for sure. But I’m ready. You could say I was born ready, and if that’s who they want me to fight, that’s who I’ll fight. My goal is to become a world champion.”
UFC 177 is set to take place on August 30 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. The highly anticipated rematch between UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barão is currently scheduled to serve as the night’s main event.