Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo moves to 4-0 after first round TKO at Gladiator Challenge American Dream
May 21, 2013
Three months after his first foray into a mixed martial arts cage, 2008 Olympian Henry Cejudo (4-0) stopped his opposition for the fourth consecutive time.Fighting at 125 pounds Cejudo was the featured attraction on the undercard of Gladiator Challenge's American Dream event in Lincoln, California. Cejudo was booked versus former XARM (Xtreme Arm Wrestling) competitor and San Jacinto fighter Miguelito Marti (0-2).
The fight for Cejudo would last less than two minutes; the shortest since his debut in March. After some feeling out from both men on the feet Cejudo planted Marti on his back. On the ground Cejudo swarmed passed Marti's defenses.
With high paced ground n' pound assault of punches Cejudo slowed down Marti. Just past the 90 second mark of round one Marti could not stop Cejudo's punching assault. At the 1:43 point of the opening round the referee in the cage halted the title bout and declared Cejudo the victor via TKO.
Since his MMA rookie outing on March 2nd Cejudo has won four pro fights in the span of 77 days. All of Cejudo's MMA have ended in the first round.
A 2008 Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling Cejudo's grappling resume shoots the 26 year old to the top of any and all respectable MMA prospect listing.
Cejudo will take a brief hiatus from active competition during the summer for MMA training stops in Brazil and Florida. In the fall if Cejudo is able to win one or two more regional fights he will remain on track for a spot on the UFC's flyweight roster in 2014.
Gladiator Challenge American Dream results
Justin Polendey def. Hunter Worsham by TKO (Punches) 2:58 R2
Ryan Burton def. Clinton Fouse by Unanimous Decision
*Henry Cejudo def. Miguelito Marti by TKO (Punches) 1:43 R1
Bernard Turner def. Kevin Montejano by Unanimous Decision
Jamie Hants def. Greg Laredo by Submission Rear Naked Choke 1:00 R1
Justin Baseman def. Robert Sarkozi by Split Decision
Marcus Gaines def. Scott Rosa by TKO (Punches) 1:20 R3
Jaime Jara def. Jeremy Rosales by Submission Guillotine Choke 1:59 R2
Johnny Marez def. Nathan Kavanaugh by TKO (Punches) 1:07 R1
Nick Sperling def. Aaron King by TKO (Punches) 1:33 R1
Steve Gruber def. Rocky Del Monte by Submission Armbar 0:31 R1
Chad Mertens def. Santino Valdez by TKO (Punches) 1:01 R1
*Prospect to watch