It wasn’t long ago that Demetrious Johnson had no idea who Henry Cejudo was. Cejudo only landed on Johnson’s radar due to some negative press.
“For me, you look at the beginning of his career, the man couldn’t even make weight,” Johnson said at the EA Sports UFC 2 launch party in Las Vegas recently. “That’s how I found out about Henry Cejudo to begin with. ‘Oh, Henry Cejudo misses weight again.’ I’m like, who’s this guy who keeps missing weight. When the UFC signed him, I was like, ‘Great, you guys signed another guy who can’t make 125.'”
Cejudo missed weight in the two fights prior to being signed by the UFC. Then, at UFC 177 in August 2014, Cejudo was forced out of his fight with Scott Jorgensen the day of weigh-ins due to a medical issue. The UFC made Cejudo go up to bantamweight, where he picked up a win against Dustin Kimura before coming back down to flyweight.
The former Olympic wrestling gold medalist has not had trouble making weight since then, reeling off three losses in a row. Johnson will defend his flyweight title against Cejudo in the co-main event of UFC 197 on April 23 in Las Vegas.
“Mighty Mouse,” who has held the title since its inception in 2012, is not sure Cejudo has the credentials to warrant a title shot at this point, but he’s not going to complain about it.
“There’s guys out there who have fought way tougher competition and have finishes and knockouts on their résumé,” Johnson said. “But since he’s a gold medalist in Olympic wrestling, he’s undefeated … the man is about to fight for a world title and it’s his fourth fight in the UFC. That’s how the business runs.”
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