Henry Cejudo is headed to the UFC. | Jose de Orta/Sherdog.com
Henry Cejudo is officially part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship roster.
The Las Vegas-based promotion announced the signing of the 2008 Olympic gold medalist on Friday evening. Cejudo will make his Octagon debut at UFC 177 in a flyweight bout against Scott Jorgensen. UFC Tonight first reported that Cejudo was in negotiations with the promotion after he withdrew from the main event of Legacy FC 34 earlier this week.
“I always wanted to become a student of the game and at least get six to eight fights before coming to the UFC,” Cejudo told UFC.com . “Now I think I’m in my prime, and I’ve never felt this strong in my life. I won the Olympics at 21. I could only grow half a mustache, and now I’ve got a full beard.”
UFC 177 takes place at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on Aug. 30 and is headlined by a bantamweight title rematch between T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao. Flyweight titlist Demetrious Johnson will defend his belt against Chris Cariaso in the evening’s co-main event.
Cejudo is 6-0 since beginning his MMA career in March 2013, including decision triumphs over Ryan Hollis and Elias Garcia under the Legacy FC banner. However, the Arizonan failed to make weight in both appearances.
Jorgensen, meanwhile, dropped to 125 pounds last year following a lengthy stint at bantamweight. “Young Guns” would fall to Zach Makovsky and Jussier da Silva in his first two flyweight outings in the Octagon. He righted his ship in June, however, outpointing Danny Martinez at UFC Fight Night “Henderson vs. Khabilov.”