Henry Cejudo is one of the few UFC fighters to ever be the champ in two divisions at the same time. Not only that, but he’s also an Olympic gold medalist who has an inspiring life story. One of the other interesting stories in Henry Cejudo’s life was that time when he tripped with Mike Tyson.
A look at Henry Cejudo’s MMA career
Cejudo won his Olympic gold medal in 2008, and he started his transition toward MMA shortly after. In 2013, he made his professional MMA debut, and less than two years later, he was in the UFC.
He dominated his first four UFC opponents, and with an undefeated record of 10-0, the UFC gave him a title shot against Demetrious Johnson, whom many consider to be the best pound-for-pound fighter ever.
Cejudo got knocked out in the first round, and then, in his rebound fight, he lost again. But, in 2017, he made changes and improvements to his game, and he won two fights against some high-level opponents.
He was given another title shot against Johnson, and he won that fight. After beating Johnson, he went on a tear and knocked out the next three men that he faced.
These three men were T.J. Dillashaw, Marlon Moraes, and Dominick Cruz, and they were all either champs or former champs, and Cejudo beat them all. After beating Cruz, he retired with a record of 16-2.
Henry Cejudo takes a trip with Mike Tyson
As Cejudo told Joe Rogan, Cejudo is good friends with Mike Tyson’s manager, and as a result, he’s been able to hang out with Tyson a lot. In fact, Cejudo even calls him Uncle Mike because he’d give Cejudo some compliments whenever they meet, but he’d also “school” him, too. One of these lessons happened with DMT, which Cejudo said that Uncle Mike was a big fan of.
Cejudo has smoked weed and he’s done mushrooms before, but he’s never done DMT. So, since he noticed that Uncle Mike talked about DMT a lot, he asked Tyson to take him on a DMT trip. Instead of getting synthetic DMT as Rogan talked about, they went to a Caribbean island where a shaman did a ritual and gave them the authentic stuff.
Uncle Mike went first, and Cejudo said that he started talking about some personal stuff that he didn’t want to share with the world. Then, when it was Cejudo’s turn, he said that he saw his childhood before his eyes.
He said that he felt that the DMT made him love his mom more, and that he was crying and asking his mom for her forgiveness during his psychedelic trip. Cejudo even started speaking in Spanish, too.
Figuring out what matters
Like he told Rogan, he felt that the trip was “one of the best things” to ever happen to him since it made him realize what was important in his life. Unsurprisingly, in his retirement speech, Cejudo said that he’s made a lot of sacrifices fighting for gold, and that he wants to live his best life now.
That said, he’s still a young man when it comes to fighting. He’s only 33 years old, so he still can fight if he wants to. One of the few reasons why he’d make a comeback is if he got a title shot against the featherweight champ, Alexander Volkanovski.
Volkanovski is currently slated to rematch with the former champ, Max Holloway, so Cejudo’s comeback may not happen for a while. In the meantime though, as he showed on his appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience, he’s having fun in retirement and doing things that he otherwise can’t do.