Henry Cejudo knows what he is up against at UFC 197, because his entire mixed martial arts career has been groomed for this moment. When Cejudo debuted in MMA at a small show in Tucson in the spring of 2013, Demetrious Johnson was already a UFC champion with a flyweight title defense under his belt. When Cejudo made his Octagon arrival in late 2014, Johnson was already entrenched in the conversation of best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.
Cejudo watched those accolades rain down from a distance, biding his time, the darkhorse of a division, the kind of blue-chip athlete who rarely takes up the fighting sports, who at age 21 became the youngest American wrestler to ever win the Olympic gold medal. And now, at last, the time for waiting is over. Cejudo meets Johnson on April 23 in the co-main event of UFC 197. It is a challenge that has appeared inevitable since the second Cejudo signed under the UFC banner, and after years of preparation for this moment, Cejudo is ready to claim what he feels is his.
“The thing that people don’t know about me, I actually boxed amateur for a few years,” Cejudo said recently on The MMA Hour. “I competed in amateur competitions, so when people see my hands, I’m not just your [average] MMA fighter. I took my time with the sport of MMA. I wrestled, won the Olympics. I boxed for years. I won a bronze glove back in Arizona. There’s no surprises, is what I’m saying. I’m 10-0, and I do believe I’m going to beat Demetrious Johnson. I do believe I have the stand-up, my defense is on point, and like I said, I’m going to fight him accordingly. Call me the mouse trap.”
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