How many combat sports athletes are there who have been able to conquer two different worlds as Henry Cejudo has? Very few. After winning the gold medal in Olympic wrestling, Cejudo went on to conquer two divisions in the most prestigious mixed martial arts organization.
It’s not just the titles he has won. Cejudo has beaten some of the greatest of all times in MMA such as Demetrious Johnson, TJ Dillashaw, and Dominick Cruz. With a resume like that, it’s hard for someone to come close to achieve as much as Cejudo has achieved in the combat sport.
However, the former two-division champion believes that he can see a lot of resemblance between him and the former heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier. Cejudo appeared on Joe Rogan podcast and opened up about his decision to retire young. Cejudo stated:
“It feels good, I think the biggest thing with me is Joe, there is satisfaction. I have done so much in the sport. And I can compare myself a little bit to Daniel.”
Henry Cejudo looks back at his legacy
Henry Cejudo first met Daniel Cormier when both of them were both getting ready to represent the USA in the Olympics. While Cormier failed to achieve a medal for his country Ceudo fulfilled his dream.
However, it was Cormier who paved the path for Olympic wrestlers such as Cejudo to the world of MMA. It was Cormier who showed the world that if an Olympic wrestler makes the transition into MMA then the result is going to be dominance inside the octagon. DC would go on to become a two-division champion by beating Stipe Miocic.
However, when Cormier was hoping for a fairy tale ending to his illustrious career Miocic will beat him in the rematch to regain the heavyweight title. This would force DC to enter yet again into the octagon to prove he is one of the best to ever do it. Comparing himself to DC, Cejudo stated:
If Daniel would have beat Stipe Miocic and he would retire on the top you could almost say he retired at the two division world champ. I don’t think I have that chip on my shoulder. As a wrestler, I retired from the Olympics at a very young age. I retired at the age of 21. And now at the age of 33, I am truly calling it quits.
Although Cejudo has announced retirement he has kept the door open for a history-making title fight against the featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski. But it’s not certain whether this dream match will come into fruition.