Former UFC Champion Henry Cejudo Training For Wrestling Career

The ex-UFC Flyweight and Bantamweight kingpin has already appeared for AEW.

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Former UFC Bantamweight and Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo is training for a career in professional wrestling.

Per Dave Meltzer in this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Cejudo is being trained by Chavo Guerrero Jr. The 34-year-old has been retired from mixed martial arts since May 2020, though this decision has been subjected to much scepticism, with his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, later claiming his client would fight again.

Gerald Brisco had previously attempted to recruit Cejudo to WWE. This came following Henry's participation in the 2012 US Olympic Team Trials, after which he retired from amateur wrestling. The idea was that he could be built into WWE's next big Latino star, following in Rey Mysterio's footsteps, though Cejudo opted for a career in MMA instead.

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Cejudo left the UFC with a 10-2 record, becoming a Flyweight/Bantamweight double-champion by defeating Marlon Maroes in June 2019.

Though he is yet to sign anywhere, Cejudo already has an AEW appearance under his belt, having featured as part of Mike Tyson's entourage on the 27 May 2020 episode of Dynamite. Cejudo later claimed that he was in talks over a contract with the group.

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