Former Olympian and two-weight UFC Champion Henry Cejudo is reportedly undertaking professional wrestling training.
Cejudo, an acclaimed amateur wrestler, won a Men’s Freestyle Gold Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At the time of his victory he was the youngest American to ever win a gold medal.
The Los Angeles native native is also a two-time national champion as well as Pan American Games Gold Medallist. However, after failing to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games, Cejudo embarked upon a career in mixed martial arts.
After beginning his MMA career in 2013, Cejudo signed with UFC the following year. Henry Cejudo went on to win both the Bantamweight and Flyweight Titles making him only the forth UFC fighter in history to hold two titles simultaneously.
Cejudo later vacated his Flyweight Title, focusing on the Bantamweight Division. After overcoming Dominick Cruz in May 2020, Cejudo announced his retirement from UFC.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer has now said that Cejudo is working towards a career in professional wrestling, with the star reportedly training with Chavo Guerrero Jr.
“Henry Cejudo, the two-division UFC champion and Olympic gold medalist, is currently training for a pro wrestling career with Chavo Guerrero Jr. Cejudo was recruited after the Olympics by Gerald Brisco of WWE, where the idea was making his the next Rey Mysterio as a smaller Latino superstar, but at the time chose MMA instead”
While Cejudo hasn’t fought in UFC in almost a year, he has continued to talk up potential new fights, most recently against Max Holloway.
Should Cejudo make the jump to pro wrestling he’ll be hoping to emulate the success of the likes of Ken Shamrock and more recently Ronda Rousey.
Rousey who left WWE in 2019, recently announced that she and husband Travis Browne are expecting their first child.