Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo is stepping up by signing with Legacy FC. | Jose de Orta/Sherdog.com
The Texas-based Legacy Fighting Championship promotion on Friday announced the signing of unbeaten flyweight prospect Henry Cejudo to a multi-fight contract.
Cejudo (4-0), who became the youngest American wrestler ever to strike Olympic gold at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, will make his promotional debut against Ryan Hollis at Legacy FC 24 on Oct. 11 at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas. Now 26, the Californian views the move as logical step in his development as a mixed martial artist.
“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 in a release. “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.”
Cejudo has hit the ground running in MMA, finishing his first four opponents inside the first round. He last appeared under the Gladiator Challenge banner in May, when he needed less than two minutes to dispatch Miguelito Marti with punches at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, Calif.
“Since finding out that Henry was moving into MMA, I have pursued the possibility of him competing for us,” Legacy Fighting Championship President Mick Maynard said. “Henry is an exceptional athlete and individual, [and he] is exactly the kind of person we look for to represent Legacy.”