Olympic gold medalist and UFC’s top flyweight contender Henry Cejudo held a meet and greet for the fans at his gym, Fight Ready, the weekend prior to his fight with UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 197. Combat Press was on hand, and we talked to the potential next champ of the flyweight division.
The 29-year-old Olympian will put an undefeated record on the line when he challenges “Mighty Mouse.” Cejudo’s spotless resume includes four victories inside the Octagon. He debuted in the promotion as a bantamweight and decisioned Dustin Kimura at UFC on Fox 13. Cejudo, who had a well-documented history of struggles on the scales, then dropped back to flyweight. He has hit the mark in each of his last three flyweight fights with the UFC. Along the way, he has scored unanimous nods over Chris Cariaso and Chico Camus and notched a split decision win over Jussier “Formiga” da Silva.
In his interview with Combat Press, Cejudo touched on a lot of subjects, including his Olympic experience, the plan for beating Johnson, why he has remained training in Phoenix, and what he thought of a flyweight title shot going to a winner of The Ultimate Fighter.
UFC 197 takes place Saturday, April 23, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Cejudo and Johnson meet for the flyweight title as part of the main card, which will air live on pay-per-view. The event is headlined by a showdown for the interim light heavyweight title that pits the returning Jon Jones against Ovince Saint Preux.