For those that don’t know current #1 UFC flyweight contender, Henry Cejudo (10-0), they might think that his title fight this weekend will be his toughest fight to date. Cejudo will challenge one of MMA’s most dominant champions, Demetrious Johnson (22-2-1) for the UFC Flyweight title at UFC 197: Jones vs Saint Preux.
For those that do know Cejudo before his UFC days, know that he took home a gold medal in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics and for those that knew him even before that, knows that he has overcome many adversities growing up as a child and has been fighting since the day he was born. One of six children and with his father in and out of prison, Cejudo was forced to grow up fast and found wrestling as an outlet and sends a message to other at-risk youth in similar positions.
“People go through trauma and adversity and they can use that to motivate themselves,” explained Cejudo. “That’s when people truly find themselves.”
So it makes sense that he is not as nervous as some other fighters may have been when challenging Johnson for the title.
“I’m just relaxed period,” said Cejudo. “Once I start walking out is when it really hits me.”
The UFC 197 card has not come without some attention either as the title fight has seen a fighter pull out due to injury, one gets arrested and an out-of-left-field replacement. Cejudo still doesn’t let them detour him from what he needs to get done.
“I’m focused on my own fight,” said Cejudo. “I wish them all the best, but I’m focused on my fight, my game plan and that’s it.”
Demetrious Johnson has been undefeated since 2011 and has successfully defended his title eight times. Cejudo has never lost an MMA fight since his transition from wrestling to MMA in 2013. With records like that, Cejudo knows how important this fight is for himself and the fans.
“This is the best Demetrious Johnson there is,” stated Cejudo. “This fight is the fight that people are waiting to see and a fight that is going to go down in the history book as one of the most competitive fights of all time.”
Henry Cejudo takes on Demetrious Johnson for the UFC flyweight title in the co-main event at UFC 197: Jones vs Saint Preux on Saturday, April 23rd, live from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, NV. 10pm ET/7pm PT.