Henry Cejudo is a remarkable American retired professional MMA and freestyle wrestler. Henry Cejudo holds the record for being the only person to win an Olympic gold medal as well as a UFC title.
Table of Biography
Henry Cejudo was born on February 9, 1987, and he is currently 34 years old. Henry hails from Los Angeles, California, United States, and his zodiac sign is Aquarius. Talking about his family, Henry’s parents are mother Nelly Rico and father Jorge Cejudo. Henry’s parents are Mexican immigrants to the United States.
Moreover, Henry is the second youngest child in his family. His father was violent and he was also a drug and alcohol abuser due to which Henry’s family constantly moved around the Los Angeles area. Henry’s father threatened to kill his whole family and subsequently got into an altercation in the street. Due to these reasons, Jorge was jailed. Before his father was released from jail, Henry’s mother took the 4 years old Henry and all his other siblings and fled to New Mexico.
When Henry was 6 years old, Henry’s father was deported. Later, when Henry was around 20 years old, his father passed away. After a couple of years in New Mexico, Henry’s family relocated to Phoenix, Arizona. There, his family lived in Maryvale in poverty. This was the situation of Cejudo’s family although the matriarch was working multiple jobs to make the ends meet for the family.
Furthermore, Henry never slept alone in his own bed. This was the case until the U.S.A. Wrestling provided him one while participating in a residency program at the U.S. Olympic training facility. Henry then started competing as an amateur boxer. He also won the annual state Copper Gloves boxing tournament. Henry won this in the year 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. Talking about Henry’s educational journey, he enrolled at Grand Canyon University in 2010. He graduated with a degree in Theology in the year 2015.
Career and Professional Life
Professionally, Henry Cejudo is a retired professional mixed martial artist (MMA) and freestyle wrestler. Henry is a former UFC Flyweight Champion. He was is also a former Bantamweight Champion. Moreover, the retired wrestler is the 4th UFC fighter to hold titles in two different weight classes simultaneously. Henry is also the 2nd to defend titles in two different weight divisions.
Furthermore, Henry is the only person to win an Olympic gold medal and win a UFC title. The wrestler is considered one of the greatest combat athletes of all time. This consideration is because of Henry’s accomplishments in MMA and freestyle wrestling.
During his wrestling career, Henry won one Olympic Gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, one Pan American Games Gold medal, three Pan American Championships, as well as two US National titles.
Recently on 9 May 2020, the wrestler successfully defended his UFC bantamweight title by TKO over Dominick Cruz in the second round. Immediately after this fight, Henry announced his retirement from professional fighting. However, many speculate that his retirement would be temporary.
Immediately after his fight with Dominick Cruz, Henry Cejudo announced his retirement from professional fighting. However, various UFC commentators and fighters shared their opinions about how Henry was using the announcement as a contract negotiation ploy.
Similarly, fellow fighter Petr Yan shared his opinion on how he thinks Henry was retiring in order to avoid fighting him. Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan called on UFC President Dana White to vacate the bantamweight title. The two asked the UFC President to allow the pair to fight for the title.
Henry also admitted himself at the post-fight press conference that he would fight again. This was if UFC President Dana White offered him enough money. Henry stated:
“He knows the number, but let all these other bantamweights kill each other.”
A week after the retirement announcement, Henry’s manager stated in an interview that the wrestler was not retired. The manager shared that Henry would probably return to fighting in the summer of 2020. On 24 May 2020, the UFC officially vacated the bantamweight title. They removed Henry Cejudo’s name from their rankings.
Subsequently, on 8 June 2020, Henry announced that he would be willing to come out of retirement. He would do this to fight Alexander Volkanovski and claim the UFC featherweight championship. This title would be Henry’s 3rd title in a different weight class.
The wrestler made an appearance on the 27 May 2020 episode of AEW Dynamite. Henry appeared alongside fellow MMA fighters Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort to support Mike Tyson. Mike was confronting members of Chris Jericho’s Inner Circle. Two months later, Henry confirmed he was in talks with AEW about potentially signing a contract. The wrestler further stated that he was also considering competing in amateur wrestling.
Moreover, Henry Cejudo appeared at a rally for President Donald Trump in September 2020. Others on the rally were Henry’s manager – Ali Abdelaziz, fellow fighters Justin Gaethje and Colby Covington, as well as the UFC President Dana White.
Henry Cejudo is currently in a romantic relationship with Ana Karolina (@anakarolinafr). Henry featured Ana in his Instagram post for the first time on 9 February 2021. Since then, Ana has appeared in numerous Instagram posts on Henry’s account. Prior to Ana, Henry was in a relationship with Amanda Dallago Cheves but the two separated in the year 2020.
Henry Cejudo stands tall at the height of 1.63 meters or 5 feet 3 inches and his weight is around 61 kgs. Likewise, the wrestler’s chest-waist-hip measurements are approximately 38-30-35 inches respectively. Moreover, Henry has dark brown eyes and hair of the same color. The wrestler also usually sports a short beard.
Social Media and Net Worth
Talking about the wrestler’s social media presence, Henry Cejudo joined Twitter in May 2009 and so far has over 176.5K followers on his @HenryCejudo account. Likewise, his username on Instagram is @henry_cejudo. So far, there are 2,066 posts shares and over 681k followers on this account as of April 2021.
Henry also has more than 295K people following his journey on Facebook. Further, we can also contact him at [email protected] for business inquiries. Moving on, Henry has a net worth estimation of approximately $2 million US dollars.