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Henry Cejudo
Henry Cejudo smiling.jpg
Cejudo interviewed in 2018
Born (1987-02-09) February 9, 1987 (age 34)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Other namesThe Messenger
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
DivisionFlyweight (2014–2019)
Bantamweight (2013–2014, 2019–2020)
55 kg (freestyle wrestling)
Reach64 in (163 cm)[1]
StyleWrestling
Fighting out ofPhoenix, Arizona, United States
TeamFight Ready
TrainerEric Albarracin[2]
RankYellow belt in Shotokan Karate[3] Black belt in Aikido[4]
WrestlingOlympic Freestyle Wrestling[5]
Years active2013–2020 (MMA)
2005–2008, 2011–2012 (freestyle wrestling)
Mixed martial arts record
Total18
Wins16
By knockout8
By decision8
Losses2
By knockout1
By decision1
UniversityGrand Canyon University
Notable school(s)Coronado High School
Maryvale High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Medal record
Men's freestyle wrestling
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Olympic rings.svg
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing 55 kg
Wrestling World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Krasnoyarsk 55 kg
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2007 Rio de Janeiro 55 kg
Pan American Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Rio de Janeiro 55 kg
Gold medal – first place 2007 San Salvador 55 kg
Gold medal – first place 2008 Colorado Springs 55 kg
US National Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Las Vegas 55 kg
Gold medal – first place 2007 Las Vegas 55 kg
Silver medal – second place 2008 Las Vegas 55 kg
Junior World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2006 Guatemala City 55 kg

Henry Carlos Cejudo (born February 9, 1987) is an American retired professional mixed martial artist and freestyle wrestler. He is the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight Champion and Bantamweight Champion. He is the fourth UFC fighter to hold titles in two different weight classes simultaneously, and the second to defend titles in two different weight divisions. He is the only person to win an Olympic gold medal and a UFC title.[6] He is considered to be among the greatest combat athletes of all time due to his accomplishments in MMA and freestyle wrestling.[7][8][9][10][11]

During his wrestling career, Cejudo, who competed at 55 kilograms, most notably became the youngest American Olympic Gold medalist in wrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics at age 21 (record later broken by Kyle Snyder, 20, in 2016) and was also the 2007 Pan American Games champion, as well as a multiple–time Pan American Continental and US National champion.[12]

On May 9, 2020, Cejudo successfully defended his UFC bantamweight title by TKO over Dominick Cruz in the second round. He announced his retirement from professional fighting immediately after the fight, although there was widespread speculation that the retirement would be temporary.[13]

Background[edit]

Born to Mexican immigrants Jorge Cejudo and Nelly Rico in Los Angeles, California, Henry Cejudo is the second youngest child of the family.[14][15] As a result of his violent father's drug and alcohol abuse, Cejudo's family constantly moved around the Los Angeles area.[14]

Four-year old Henry and the rest of the children with her, Nelly fled to New Mexico before Jorge – who was jailed after threatening to kill his whole family and subsequently getting into an altercation in the street – was released.[14] Jorge was deported when Cejudo was 6 years old and died when Cejudo was about 20 years old.[16][14] After a couple of years in New Mexico, the family relocated to Phoenix, Arizona. In Phoenix, the family lived in Maryvale in poverty despite their mother working multiple jobs to make the ends meet.[17][14]

Cejudo also never slept alone in his own bed until he was provided one by USA Wrestling while participating in a residency program at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado.[18] Henry also started competing as an amateur boxer, and won the annual state Copper Gloves boxing tournament in 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.[19][20][21]

Cejudo enrolled at Grand Canyon University in 2010[22] and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Theology.[23]

Wrestling career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Inspired by his older brother Angel Cejudo, who was an undefeated four-time AIA state champion with a record of 150 wins and zero defeats,[24] Henry also became a four-timer. His freshman and sophomore year titles were won in Arizona, before he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to become a resident athlete at the United States Olympic Training Center. He won the Colorado state championships (CHSAA) as a junior and senior, and was named ASICS National High School Wrestler of the Year in 2006. In the same year, he was selected in the USA Wrestling Magazine's Dream Team of High School All-Americans.[25]

In 2006, while still in high school, Cejudo won the Fargo National title in freestyle.[26] Soon after his victory, he began full-time training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[27] There, he prepared for the Junior World Championships; after a fifth-place finish in 2005, Cejudo was able to claim the silver medal for the United States of America.[28] He opted to pursue an international career rather than competing in college.[12]

Senior level[edit]

2005–2007[edit]

Cejudo made his senior level debut on October 23, 2005 at the Sunkist Open, at the age of 18. He earned notable victories over NCAA champion Jason Powell and three-time All-American Tanner Gardner before finishing fifth.[29] On April 15, 2006, he won the US National Championship at 55 kilograms, qualifying for the US World Team Trials[30] and becoming the first high schooler to do so since the organization (USAW) was established as the sport's governing body in 1983.[31] At the WTT, he defeated an eventual accomplished wrestler in Franklin Gómez in the opening match of the Challenge Tournament before making it to the best-of-three finals. There, he was downed twice by the 00' Olympic Silver medalist and 98' World Champion Sammie Henson, losing the spot.[32] He quickly bounced back a week later with a Pan American title.[33] In his last competition of the year, Cejudo took part of the Sunkist Open, where he lost in the second round.[34]

On March 22, 2007, he captured a bronze medal at the World Cup.[35] In April 7, he claimed his second US National title while compiling wins over collegiate and international standout Nick Simmons and two-time All-American Vic Moreno.[36] On May 18, he earned his second Pan American title.[37] Cejudo then made the US World Team after two straight wins over Matt Azevedo.[38] Before the World Championships, he warmed up with a Pan American Games title.[39] At the World's, he was taken out in the opening round by Uzbekistan's Erkin Tadzhimetov and placed 31st.[40]

2008[edit]

Cejudo started off the most successful year of his freestyle career in March 2, with a Pan American title.[41] He failed to secure his third consecutive US National title after he was pinned by Matt Azevedo, not before defeating recent All-American Obe Blanc.[42] At the US Olympic Team Trials, he started off by comfortably downing two opponents to make it to the best-of-three. There, he had a rough series with 04' Olympic Silver medalist and defending Olympic Teamer Stephen Abas, whom he went 2–1 with, earning the US Olympic Team spot.[43]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Cejudo opened up with a win over Radoslav Velikov, the 06' World Champion; after losing the first period 0–1, he bounced back with 3–2 and 4–3 periods. In the next round, he faced Besarion Gochashvili from Georgia; the same results as his opening bout popped up, after losing the first period 1–3, he came back with scores of 3–2 and 3–0 to defeat Gochashvili. He then wrestled Azerbaijan's Namig Sevdimov, whom he took out after once again losing the first period (3–5) and winning the next two (3–2, 4–3). In the finale, he met Tomohiro Matsunaga, a Japanese athlete who was coming fresh off an Asian title; he won the first period after scoring the biggest move and won the second period after a comfortable 3–0 score.[44][45] This made Cejudo the youngest American to win Olympic Gold in wrestling history at age 21[46] (record was later broken by Kyle Snyder, 20, in 2016).[47] He then took a break from his freestyle wrestling career.[48]

2011–2012[edit]

After announcing that he would try to make a second Olympic run in 2010,[49] Cejudo made his comeback at the 2011 Beat the Streets charity event,[50] where he beat Rasul Mashezov 2–0 and 4–3.[51]

In his first tournament since his lay-off, Cejudo claimed a Sunkist Open title after compiling four victories, on October 28, 2011.[52] On November 26, 2011, he earned a silver medal from the Henri Deglane Challenge, after being defeated in the finals by Ghenadie Tulbea.[53]

At the 2012 US Olympic Team Trials, Cejudo downed Obe Blanc before being defeated by the top-seed Nick Simmons, failing to make his second US Olympic Team. After the Simmons match, Cejudo put his shoes in the middle of the mat, signaling his retirement from the sport.[54][55]

Appearances post-retirement[edit]

While already an undefeated MMA prospect, Cejudo made a brief return to the sport at the "Agon V: Iowa against the World" event by wrestling Tony Ramos (who would go on to win the US Open weeks later) on April 4 of 2015, weeks after his win over Chris Cariaso at UFC 185. Despite riding an 8–2 lead, he was defeated by that year's World Team Member after he scored eight more points of his own, ending the match 8–10.[56]

In June 2018, Cejudo was prestigiously inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.[12]

Soon after his exhibition match with Ramos, Cejudo flirted with the possibility of making a 2016 Olympic Run, however, his intentions never materialized.[57][58] After his UFC retirement in May 2020, Cejudo expressed that "I could never see myself coming back (to wrestling)", but that he was interested in visiting his former coach Terry Brands and training with 2020 Dan Hodge Trophy winner Spencer Lee,[59] which he did in October 2020.[60][61]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

On January 30, 2013, Cejudo announced on his Twitter page that he planned to begin training for a career in MMA.[62][63] Despite wrestling at 121 pounds during his wrestling career, Cejudo fought at 135 pounds in his MMA debut.[64] He defeated Michael Poe by TKO due to punches in his MMA debut on March 2, 2013, for the Arizona-based World Fighting Federation.[65]

Over the next year, Cejudo amassed a record of 6–0 with three wins by TKO, one by submission, and two by decision. Prior to signing with the UFC, Cejudo was listed as the #1 ranked bantamweight prospect in the MMA Prospects Report 2013.[66]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On July 25, 2014, Cejudo signed with the UFC.[67] He is the third Olympic gold medalist wrestler in company history, after Mark Schultz and Kevin Jackson.[68] Cejudo was expected to face Scott Jorgensen on August 30, 2014, at UFC 177.[69] However, due to medical issues on the day of the weigh-ins, Cejudo was forced out of the bout and the fight was subsequently canceled.[70] In light of this, and his history of missing weight, president Dana White said Cejudo had to move up to bantamweight or leave the UFC.[71]

In his eventual debut, Cejudo faced Dustin Kimura in a bantamweight bout on December 13, 2014, at UFC on Fox 13.[72] Cejudo won the fight by unanimous decision.[73]

Cejudo faced Chris Cariaso in a flyweight bout on March 14, 2015, at UFC 185.[74] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[75]

Cejudo faced Chico Camus on June 13, 2015, at UFC 188.[76] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[77]

Cejudo was briefly linked to a bout against former title challenger Joseph Benavidez on September 5, 2015, at UFC 191.[78] However, the fight did not take place at the event. In turn, Cejudo faced Jussier Formiga on November 21, 2015, at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale.[79] He won the fight by split decision.[80] Brandon Moreno confirmed that he helped Cejudo train for this fight.[81]

On September 16, 2015, Cejudo announced that he would refuse to fight in Nevada after the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended and fined Nick Diaz following a failed drug test at UFC 182. Cejudo cited the NSAC's process in determining Diaz's guilt as the reason for the boycott.[82] Despite the lack of change in NSAC procedure, Cejudo ended his Nevada boycott to face UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson on April 23, 2016, at UFC 197 for the Flyweight title.[83] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round, being dropped with a variety of strikes.[84]

In May 2016, the UFC announced that Cejudo would be one of the coaches, opposite Joseph Benavidez on The Ultimate Fighter 24. The pairing faced each other on December 3, 2016, at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale.[85][86] Cejudo lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[87]

Cejudo was expected to face Sergio Pettis on May 13, 2017, at UFC 211.[88] However, on May 10, Cejudo pulled out of the fight with a hand injury and the bout was canceled.[89]

Cejudo faced Wilson Reis on September 9, 2017, at UFC 215.[90] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[91] This win also won Cejudo his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[92]

A rescheduled fight with Pettis took place on December 2, 2017, at UFC 218.[93] Cejudo won the fight by unanimous decision.[94]

Double Champion[edit]

Two years after challenging for the Flyweight title, Cejudo faced Demetrious Johnson in a rematch for UFC Flyweight Championship title in the co-main event at UFC 227 on August 4, 2018.[95][96] Cejudo went on to win the back-and-forth fight via split decision to become the UFC's second Flyweight champion and first Olympic gold medalist to capture UFC gold.[97] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[98] 13 of 25 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Cejudo, while 12 scored it for Johnson.[99]

In November 2018, Cejudo revealed that he had signed a six-fight contract with UFC.[100]

In the first defense of his UFC Flyweight Championship, Cejudo was initially scheduled to face UFC Bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw on January 26, 2019, at UFC 233.[101] However, after that pay-per-view event was canceled, the fight was moved a week earlier to headline UFC Fight Night 143 on January 19, 2019.[102][103] It was the first title fight to showcase the new UFC legacy belt. Cejudo won the fight via TKO just 32 seconds into the first round to retain his title.[104] The win also earned Cejudo his second Performance of the Night bonus award.[105] On 9 April 2019, USADA announced that Dillashaw had tested positive for EPO in pre and post-fight screenings and had been suspended for two years.[106] Cejudo faced Marlon Moraes on June 8, 2019 at UFC 238 for the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship.[107] He won the fight via TKO in the third round.[108] This win made Cejudo the fourth fighter to hold championships simultaneously in two weight divisions in UFC, and earned him the Performance of the Night award. Cejudo became inactive until 2020 due to a shoulder injury.[109]

In December 2019, Cejudo agreed to relinquish the UFC Flyweight title in order to focus on the bantamweight division.[110]

UFC Bantamweight Champion[edit]

Cejudo faced Marlon Moraes on June 8, 2019 at UFC 238 for the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship.[107] He won the fight via TKO in the third round.[108] This win made Cejudo the fourth fighter to hold championships simultaneously in two weight divisions in UFC, and earned him the Performance of the Night award. Cejudo became inactive until 2020 due to a shoulder injury.[109] It was revealed later that Cejudo suffered a rolled ankle mere days before the fight, requiring therapy to even compete. [111]

Cejudo was scheduled to face José Aldo on May 9, 2020 at UFC 250.[112] However, Aldo pulled out on April 8 due to visa issues. Cejudo faced a replacement in Dominick Cruz on May 9, 2020 at UFC 249.[113] Cejudo successfully defended his UFC bantamweight title by knocking out Cruz in the second round. Cejudo hit Cruz with a knee to the face that dropped Cruz to the canvas; he then rained punches on Cruz until the referee stopped the fight with 2 seconds remaining in the round.

Retirement controversy[edit]

Immediately after the Cruz fight, Cejudo announced his retirement from professional fighting[13] The announcement was met with some skepticism, as various UFC commentators and fighters stated their opinion that Cejudo was using the announcement as a contract negotiation ploy.[114] Fellow fighter Petr Yan commented that he thought Cejudo was retiring in order to avoid fighting him.[114] Yan and another UFC bantamweight contender, Aljamain Sterling, called on UFC President Dana White to vacate the bantamweight title and allow the pair to fight for it.[115]

Cejudo himself admitted at the post-fight press conference that he would fight again if UFC President Dana White offered him enough money, stating, "He knows the number, but let all these other bantamweights kill each other."[116]

A week later, Cejudo's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, stated in an interview that Cejudo was not retired, and would probably return to fighting in the summer of 2020.[117] On May 24, the UFC officially vacated the bantamweight title and removed Cejudo's name from their rankings.[118]

On June 8, 2020, Cejudo announced that he would be willing to come out of retirement to fight Alexander Volkanovski in order to claim the UFC featherweight championship, which would be his third title in a different weight class.[119]

Other ventures[edit]

Cejudo made an appearance on the May 27, 2020 episode of AEW Dynamite alongside fellow MMA fighters Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort to support Mike Tyson in confronting members of Chris Jericho's Inner Circle. Two months later, Cejudo confirmed he was in talks with AEW about potentially signing a contract, stating that he was also considering competing in amateur wrestling as well.[120][121]

Cejudo, along with his manager Ali Abdelaziz, fellow fighters Justin Gaethje and Colby Covington, and UFC President Dana White, all appeared at a rally for President Donald Trump in September 2020.[122]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Freestyle wrestling[edit]

2011
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Henri Deglane Challenge
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Sunkist Kids International Open
2008
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Summer Olympics (55 kg)
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Pan American Championships (55 kg)
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) US Olympic Team Trials (55 kg)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s) U.S Senior National Championship (55 kg)
  • John Smith Award winner[128]
2007
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Pan American Games
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Pan American Championships
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) US World Team Trials (55 kg)
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) U.S Senior National Championship (55 kg)
2006
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) Pan American Championships
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s) US World Team Trials (55 kg)
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s) U.S Senior National Championship (55 kg)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
18 matches 16 wins 2 losses
By knockout 8 1
By decision 8 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–2 Dominick Cruz TKO (knee and punches) UFC 249 May 9, 2020 2 4:58 Jacksonville, Florida, United States Defended the UFC Bantamweight Championship. Cejudo vacated the title on May 24, 2020 after his retirement.
Win 15–2 Marlon Moraes TKO (punches) UFC 238 June 8, 2019 3 4:51 Chicago, Illinois, United States Won the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 14–2 T.J. Dillashaw TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw January 19, 2019 1 0:32 Brooklyn, New York, United States Defended the UFC Flyweight Championship. Performance of the Night. Dillashaw tested positive in pre and post-fight drug tests for erythropoietin (EPO). Cejudo vacated the title on February 29, 2020.
Win 13–2 Demetrious Johnson Decision (split) UFC 227 August 4, 2018 5 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States Won the UFC Flyweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 12–2 Sergio Pettis Decision (unanimous) UFC 218 December 2, 2017 3 5:00 Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 11–2 Wilson Reis TKO (punches) UFC 215 September 9, 2017 2 0:25 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Performance of the Night.
Loss 10–2 Joseph Benavidez Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale December 3, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Cejudo was deducted one point in round 1 due to repeated low blows.
Loss 10–1 Demetrious Johnson TKO (knees to the body) UFC 197 April 23, 2016 1 2:49 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Flyweight Championship.
Win 10–0 Jussier Formiga Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale: Magny vs. Gastelum November 21, 2015 3 5:00 Monterrey, Mexico
Win 9–0 Chico Camus Decision (unanimous) UFC 188 June 13, 2015 3 5:00 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 8–0 Chris Cariaso Decision (unanimous) UFC 185 March 14, 2015 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 7–0 Dustin Kimura Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic December 13, 2014 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Bantamweight bout.
Win 6–0 Elias Garcia Decision (unanimous) Legacy FC 27 January 31, 2014 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States Flyweight debut; Cejudo missed weight (128.5 lb).
Win 5–0 Ryan Hollis Decision (unanimous) Legacy FC 24 October 11, 2013 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States Catchweight (128 lb) bout.
Win 4–0 Miguelito Marti TKO (punches) Gladiator Challenge: American Dream May 18, 2013 1 1:43 Lincoln, California, United States
Win 3–0 Anthony Sessions TKO (punches) WFF 10: Cejudo v Sessions April 19, 2013 1 4:23 Chandler, Arizona, United States Won the vacant WFF Bantamweight Championship.
Win 2–0 Sean Henry Barnett TKO (punches) Gladiator Challenge: Battleground March 24, 2013 1 4:55 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 1–0 Michael Poe TKO (submission to punches) WFF MMA: Pascua Yaqui Fights 4 March 2, 2013 1 1:25 Tucson, Arizona, United States Bantamweight debut.

[129]

Freestyle record[edit]

Senior Freestyle Matches
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
Loss 42–11 United States Tony Ramos 8–10 April 4, 2015 2015 Agon V: Iowa against the World

United States Iowa City, Iowa

2012 US Olympic Team Trials 5th at 55 kg
Loss 42–10 United States Nick Simmons 0–3, 9–5, 2–5 April 21, 2012 2012 US Olympic Team Trials United States Iowa City, Iowa
Win 42–9 United States Obe Blanc 1–0, 2–0
Win 41–9 United States Earl Hall 1–1, 5–3
2011 Henri Deglane 2nd place, silver medalist(s) at 55 kg
Loss 40–9 Monaco Ghenadie Tulbea 1–3, 2–6 November 26, 2011 2011 Henri Deglane Challenge France Nice, France
Win 40–8 Spain Rodrigo Rodriguez 2–0, 6–0
Win 39–8 France Chakir Ansari 4–0, 2–2, 2–1
2011 Sunkist Open 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 55 kg
Win 38–8 United States Danny Felix 1–0, 1–0 October 28, 2011 2011 Sunkist International Open United States Mesa, Arizona
Win 37–8 Uzbekistan Jarrod Patterson 4–0, 8–2
Win 36–8 Canada Aso Palani 2–0, 3–2
Win 35–8 United States Ben Kjar 1–0, 1–0
Win 34–8 Russia Rasul Mashezov 2–0, 4–3 May 5, 2011 2011 Beat The Streets: USA vs. Russia

United States New York City, New York

2008 Summer Olympics 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 55 kg
Win 33–8 Japan Tomohiro Matsunaga 2–2, 3–0 August 19, 2008 2008 Summer Olympics China Beijing, China
Win 32–8 Azerbaijan Namig Sevdimov 3–5, 3–2, 4–3
Win 31–8 Georgia (country) Besarion Gochashvili 1–3, 3–2, 3–0
Win 30–8 Bulgaria Radoslav Velikov 0–1, 3–2, 4–3
2008 US Olympic Team Trials 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 55 kg
Win 29–8 United States Stephen Abas 0–1, 3–0, 3–0 June 15, 2008 2008 US Olympic Team Trials United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 28–8 United States Stephen Abas 0–2, 3–6
Win 28–7 United States Stephen Abas 3–2, 4–0
Win 27–7 United States Danny Felix 1–0, 1–0 2008 US Olympic Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Win 26–7 United States Grant Nakamura 5–0, 6–1
2008 US Nationals 2nd place, silver medalist(s) at 55 kg
Loss 25–7 United States Matt Azevedo Fall April 26, 2008 2008 US Senior National Wrestling Championships United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 25–6 United States Danny Felix 1–0, 3–0
Win 24–6 United States Obe Blanc 1–0, 3–0
Win 23–6 United States Kelly Martinez TF 7–0, 7–0
2008 Pan American Championships 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 55 kg
Win 22–6 Cuba Andy Gonzalez Fall March 2, 2008 2008 Pan American Wrestling Championships United States Colorado, United States
Win 21–6 Brazil Vinicius Pedrosa TF 6–0, 7–0
Win 20–6 Canada John Pineda 2–1, 2–2
2007 World Championships 31st at 55kg
Loss 19–6 Iran Taghi Dadashi 0–1, 0–4 September 17, 2007 2007 World Wrestling Championships Azerbaijan Baku, Azerbaijan
2007 Pan American Games 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 55 kg
Win 19–5 Cuba Andy Moreno N/A August 14, 2007 2007 Pan American Games

Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2007 US World Team Trials 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 55 kg
Win 18–5 United States Matt Azevedo 4–1, 1–0 June 10, 2007 2007 US World Team Trials United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 17–5 United States Matt Azevedo 3–4, 3–3, 2–0
2007 Pan American Championships 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 55 kg
Win 16–5 Colombia Fredy Serrano N/A May 18, 2007 2007 Pan American Championships

El Salvador San Salvador, El Salvador

2007 US Nationals 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 55 kg
Win 15–5 United States Nick Simmons 4–4, 4–3, 5–0 April 7, 2007 2007 US Senior National Wrestling Championships United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 14–5 United States Vic Moreno 2–1, 1–1, 2–1
Win 13–5 United States Patrick McCaffery 1–0, 1–0
Win 12–5 United States Michael Martinez 1–0, 3–0
2006 Sunkist Open at 55 kg
Loss 11–5 Uzbekistan Erkin Tadzhimetov 1–4, 0–1 October 14, 2006 2006 Sunkist International Open United States Arizona, United States
Win 11–4 Canada Jamie Macari 2–2, 6–0
2006 US World Team Trials 2nd place, silver medalist(s) at 55 kg
Loss 10–4 United States Sammie Henson 0–2, 2–3 June 28, 2006 2006 US World Team Trials United States Iowa, United States
Loss 10–3 United States Sammie Henson 3–1, 1–3, 0–2
Win 10–2 United States Luke Eustice 2–4, 3–2, 2–2 2006 US World Team Trials Challenge Tournament
Win 9–2 Puerto Rico Franklin Gómez 0–1, 2–1, 3–1
2006 Pan American Championships 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 55 kg
Win 8–2 Cuba Luis Ibáñez N/A May 31, 2006 2006 Pan American Championships

Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2006 US Nationals 1st place, gold medalist(s) at 55 kg
Win 7–2 United States Matt Azevedo 0–1, 2–1, 4–2 April 15, 2006 2006 US Senior National Wrestling Championships United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 6–2 United States Luke Eustice 2–2, 3–1
Win 5–2 United States Mark Mcknight 2–2, 1–1
Win 4–2 United States Grant Nakamura 7–0, 2–1
2005 Sunkist Open 5th at 55 kg
Win 3–2 United States Jeremy Mendoza 1–0, 4–0 October 23, 2005 2005 Sunkist International Open United States Arizona, United States
Loss 2–2 United States Matt Azevedo 0–2, 1–0, 2–4
Loss 2–1 United States Luke Eustice 0–3, 0–1
Win 2–0 United States Tanner Gardner 1–6, 7–0, 5–3
Win 1–0 United States Jason Powell 4–0, 3–4, 8–2

See also[edit]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Demetrious Johnson
2nd UFC Flyweight Champion
August 4, 2018 – February 29, 2020
Vacated
Succeeded by
Deiveson Figueiredo
Preceded by
T.J. Dillashaw
7th UFC Bantamweight Champion
June 8, 2019 - May 24, 2020
Vacated
Succeeded by
Petr Yan