Legacy FC has announced a huge signing in the bantamweight division. Henry Cejudo, who won the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics at age 21, has signed with the promotion just over five months after making his professional mixed martial arts debut.
In a two-and-a-half month span that began in March of this year, Cejudo reeled off four straight first-round stoppages via punches.
Cejudo will make his promotional debut at Legacy FC 24 on October 11 at Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas, against Ryan Hollis. The bantamweight bout will take place on the evening’s main card, which will air on AXS TV.
The 26-year-old is just five years removed from his Olympic gold medal — he was the youngest wrestler in American history to ever take home the gold — but he retired from wrestling after failing to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Now, he is 100 percent focused on his new career.
“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, via MMA Junkie.
“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.”
On top of being a gold medal winner, Cejudo was a four-time state champion in high school and earn the honors of National Wrestler of the Year.
He is unquestionably one of the top bantamweight prospects in mixed martial arts, so it is going to be exciting to see how he fairs when he takes a step up in competition at Legacy FC 24.