Henry Cejudo, who caught the attention of the world during the 2008 Summer Olympics, is headed to the world of mixed martial arts.
Cejudo, 25 years old, won gold at the 2008 Olympics, becoming the youngest wrestling champion in U.S. history. He retired from amateur wrestling after a loss at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials.
“Well, it’s official. MMA here I come!” Cejudo posted Wednesday.
Rumors of Cejudo beginning a career in MMA started circulating prior to the 2012 Trials, as he was believed to be in discussion with Bellator. Instead, he gave the Olympics one more shot, but was defeated.
Cejudo won four high school wrestling titles in two different states, and was named the National High School Wrestler of the Year in 2006.
He became an overnight star after his story was told, growing up without a father and being born in South Central Los Angeles.