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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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.