Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo has said that he will return to freestyle wrestling. In an interview with Wrestling Insider News magazine, the wrestler indicated that he plans to win another gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. Cejudo has not competed since winning the 55-kg/121-pound weight class at the 2008 Games.
At 21 years old, he became the youngest American wrestler to ever win an Olympic gold medal when he defeated Tomohiro Matsunaga in the finals. Almost immediately rumors began swirling that Cejudo would begin an MMA career.
Cejudo told FloWrestling.org that he originally planned to return to the Olympics in boxing. However, he threw in the towel when he realized it was practically impossible considering the amateur boxing point system. Since then, he has been spotted at both Urijah Faber’s gym and American Top Team. In multiple video interviews he has said that he will eventually fight MMA, but he is waiting for the right money and the right weight class.
For his run at the 2012 Olympics, Cejudo said that he plans to move up to 60-kg/132-pound division. However, a conflict could arise since his brother, Angel Cejudo currently competes for the U.S. Army in that division. When asked when he would return, Cejudo said, “I’ll definitely be in Londo. Maybe the NYAC (tournament). When I’m in, I’m all in. I’m going to every tournament I can think of.” The New York Athletic Club tournament will take place in November.
The wrestler is expected to release a written statement documenting his plans later this month.
Henry Cejudo vs. Tomohiro Matsunaga 2008 Olympic Freestyle Final