Henry Cejudo: ‘Call me the mouse trap’
At UFC 197 Henry Cejudo is to get a flyweight title shot and fight Demetrious Johnson. Cejudo will try to dethrone a fighter who defended the belt seven times and who has been undefeated for his last ten matches.
Henry Cejudo is an Beijing Olympic Games 2008 wrestling champ and he has never been defeated in his MMA career. In his 10 matches he scored 10 wins and has 4 wins in the UFC. After defeating Jussier Formiga in his last match, the UFC leaders decided to give him a title shot. Except being a phenomenal wrestler Cejudo revealed he also trained boxing.
“The thing that people don’t know about me, I actually boxed amateur for a few years,” Cejudo said recently on The MMA Hour. “I competed in amateur competitions, so when people see my hands, I’m not just your [average] MMA fighter. I took my time with the sport of MMA. I wrestled, won the Olympics. I boxed for years. I won a bronze glove back in Arizona. There’s no surprises, is what I’m saying. I’m 10-0, and I do believe I’m going to beat Demetrious Johnson. I do believe I have the stand-up, my defense is on point, and like I said, I’m going to fight him accordingly. Call me the mouse trap.”
“I’m treating this fight like I’m training for the Olympics,” Cejudo said. “This is the Olympics of MMA and that’s how I’m going to treat it. I’m in complete concentration and isolation, and that’s it. I’m excited and I know what I’m capable of doing.
“I’m ready for a five-round fight, but I believe if I connect, he’s going to feel it, man. It’s like what Holly Holm told Ronda (Rousey). [Someone asked Holly,] ‘what’s the difference between you and every other girl who she’s beaten?’ The simple answer was, she said, ‘I’m just a different athlete. I’m just a different girl.’ And that’s kind of how I feel. I’m just a different athlete. I’m a different breed, and you guys will see that. He’ll feel it.”
“I just hope Jon Jones can make it to April 23,” Cejudo joked. “I’m a big fan of Jon Jones. If you really look at it, this is the toughest card anybody has really put together. I mean, a lot of people call Demetrious and Jon Jones [the top] pound-for-pound [fighters in MMA], and they’re going up against two elite athletes. You’ve got Daniel Cormier, two-time Olympian, then you’ve obviously got myself, who is an Olympic champion. So this is almost like MMA versus the Olympics.”
“What I don’t want: I don’t want excuses,” Cejudo said. “When I beat him, I don’t want excuses that, ‘oh, [I was distracted by] my shirt [business], my beard, people were pulling me over here, pulling me over there.’ No. You’re fighting an undefeated fighter, an elite fighter, and he’ll showcase it. Come on, man. This is a fight. You’re not fighting (Joseph) Benavidez. You’re not fighting (Kyoji) Horiguchi. You’re fighting Henry Cejudo, a really strong, strong-willed human being who can put things together, and I will shine under the brightest lights.
“I’m excited because, man, this is like the Olympic trials all over again,” Cejudo added. “A lot of people didn’t believe in me. A lot of people, 98-percent of people didn’t believe in me. Ninety-nine. But I had my coaches, I had my brother, and myself. There’s only three people, really, who truly believed I could’ve done it, going from 31st in the world to first. So, count me out again, baby. I love it.”