Henry Cejudo has been one of MMA’s most intriguing prospects since his 2013 debut. The 2008 freestyle wrestling Olympic gold medalist at 121 lbs., Cejudo has accumulated an impressive 7-0 MMA record.
But while the Los Angeles native, now based out of Fight Ready MMA in Arizona, hasn’t lost a match in the cage — he has struggled with weight issues.
Most recently, Cejudo’s bout at UFC 177, which was scheduled for August 2013 at flyweight (125 lbs.), was called off due to medical issues on the day of weigh-in.
That night, UFC President Dana White declared an ultimatum:
“It’s not his first time, and if he stays at that weight, it won’t be his last. He can come back and try at a heavier weight or not try again.”
Cejudo then indeed moved up to bantamweight (135 lbs.) and won impressively, in a unanimous decision last month against Dustin Kimura at UFC on FOX. Many thought Cejudo would make a home there.
However, at the post-fight media event, Cejudo announced his intention to go back to 125 lbs. — and it looks like he’s getting his wish.
Yesterday, the UFC has announced that Cejudo will return to flyweight to meet Chris Cariaso at UFC 185 in Dallas.
The bout will be Cariaso’s first since an unsuccessful bid for the UFC Flyweight Championship. Back in September, Cariaso, who is 17-6 as a professional, lost to 125 lb titlist Demetrious Johnson via submission (Kimura) at UFC 178.