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Henry Cejudo’s last bout turned out to be one of the most important in Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight history. After five hard-fought rounds, he ended the second longest ever UFC title reign, stretched his own win streak to three, won Fight of the Night honors and most importantly, snatched the championship.
That same night, he also witnessed greatness unfold, as T.J. Dillashaw successfully defended the bantamweight belt against Cody Garbrandt in the main event.
As he gets his game plan ready for the biggest match of his career, check out some numbers that have defined the career of the decorated wrestler.
21: Years old when he captured Olympic gold at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. Cejudo was the youngest American ever to win the Olympics in freestyle wrestling at the time. Before that, he won gold at the Pan American Games and Pan American Championships. In 2012, he retired from freestyle wrestling competition.
135: Pounds was the division he fought in for his mixed martial arts debut. Quite a bold move since Cejudo wrestled considerably lighter at 121 pounds. He beat Michael Poe by TKO in the Arizona-based fight promotion, World Fighting Federation, where he later became the bantamweight champion.
6: Straight victories before getting signed by the UFC. He displayed his skills in Arizona, California and Texas. For his Octagon debut, Cejudo returned to bantamweight after missing the 125-pound mark in his last bout on the regional circuit.
5: Full rounds with Dustin Kimura in his maiden UFC bout. At the time, Kimura was a 13-fight veteran with four taking place inside the Octagon. Cejudo used his boxing to outstrike his opponent and take the unanimous decision victory. He went on to rack up three wins afterwards.
1: Takedown scored on Demetrious Johnson when they first met at UFC 197. However, Cejudo wasn’t able to capitalize, and Johnson controlled him on the feet, eventually forcing a TKO stoppage.
3: Bouts after his first meeting with Johnson. After that loss, Cejudo dropped a split decision to Joseph Benavidez before defeating Wilson Reis and Sergio Pettis. Because of his successive wins, the Fight Ready standout earned another title shot.
1: Time Performance of the Night winner. Cejudo came home with a $50,000 bonus purse following his TKO of Wilson Reis at UFC 215.
2: Out of three judges scored it for Cejudo in his rematch with Johnson at UFC 227. While Johnson outpointed him on the feet, Cejudo’s superior wrestling was on full display as he eked out a split decision triumph.
13: Wins in his professional career, seven of which were inside the UFC. Apart from his aforementioned opponents, he also holds key victories over Jussier da Silva and Chris Cariaso.