Fight Video: Gold medalist Henry Cejudo KOís opponent with ground ní pound in second pro fight
March 26, 2013
2008 Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo (2-0) returned to the cage for his second pro fight on the main card of Gladiator Challenge's Battleground event. In a bout contested at flyweight, Cejudo was matched up with 6'0 fighter Sean Barnett (2-5) for the California card. The fight was similar to Cejudo's MMA rookie debut but also featured more time in the stand-up game and working in his opponent's guard.
After the opening bell the lanky Barnett attempted to keep Cejudo at range with his long reach and leg kicks. Cejudo did not hesitate to get inside on his taller opponent and trade punches. Cejudo ate a few punches on the feet before grabbing a waist lock and slamming Barnett to the floor.
The takedown from Cejudo came a minute into the opening round. On the ground Cejudo smothered Barnett with punches but the underdog was able to the force the fight back to the feet on two spate occasions; once using his long legs to kick off Cejudo and again when the referee called a stalemate on the ground.
The end would come in the final minute of round one when Barnett jumped into guard and allowed Cejudo to regain top position against the cage. From half guard Cejudo worked for separation then opened up on Barnett with elbows. Cejudo finished the fight seconds later with a barrage of right hands that left Barnett unconscious on the mat.
The official time of the TKO stoppage was the 4:55 point of round one in favor of Cejudo.
Cejudo is scheduled to continue his newfound cage fighting profession on Friday April 19th when he returns to compete for Arizona's World Fighting Federation. The 26 year old Cejudo has already established himself as a top MMA prospect in the flyweight and bantamweight weight divisions.
Gladiator Challenge Battleground results
San Jacinto, CA
*Henry Cejudo def. Sean Barnett via TKO (punches) 4:55 R1
Thomas Kenny def. Aaron King via submission 1:34 R1
*Cody Bollinger def. Kenny Johnson via submission guillotine choke 0:30 R1
Poppies Martinez def. John Bond via submission 1:10 R1
Sara Snow def. Savanna Smith via TKO 0:21 R1
Cameron Underhill def. Jorden Winski via unanimous decision
Stephen Tobias def. Joey Apodaca via TKO 0:30 R1
Kevin Henderson def. Arsen Galstyan via submission 2:48 R1
Ryan Patrick walls def. Jamie Sandez via knockout 1:33 R1
Nick Garcia def. Mario Casares via submission 1:27 R1
Joey Bedolla def. Taquan Hill via submission 1:56 R1
Mike Flach def. Edward Darby via submission 0:34 R1
Ghukas Stepanyan def. David Jimenez via submission 1:19 R1
Nick Banks def. Ray Center via TKO 1:15 R1
Jay Pinto def. Edgar Khudaveer via TKO 1:48 R3
Bobby Sanchez def. Gary Michaels via TKO R2
*Prospect to watch