In addition to the title fights, and Matt Brown-Johny Hendricks, one of the more intriguing bouts scheduled for UFC 185 is Henry Cejudo versus Chris Cariaso.
If you’re more of a casual fan, then you might not know that Cejudo is one of the sport’s most highly touted prospects, due to the fact he’s an Olympic Gold Medalist wrestler who’s gone 7-0 in MMA.
After failing to make weight and withdrawing from his UFC debut last July, however, Cejudo didn’t return to the Octagon until December. At UFC on FOX 13, the 28 year-old dominated bantamweight Dustin Kimura for the unanimous decision win.
Due to his impressive performance, the UFC signed off on Cejudo returning to flyweight, and now he’s booked to fight Cariaso on Saturday night. If he can defeat an established contender like Cariaso, then Cejudo could move straight into the top 15 ranks.
Well, recently MMA Junkie.com spoke to Cejudo about the upcoming bout, and while discussing his abilities, “The Messenger” stated:
“I think T.J. Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson – I’m a bad matchup for both of them,” Cejudo said. “I’ve got good standup, good wrestling, and they can talk about their super fight, but I would love to fight both of them at either weight class. I’m a competitor. Eventually after 125, I can go up and challenge (at 135).
“I’m a very creative fighter that’s very explosive and can outwrestle you or outbox you or out-kick you. There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s cracking the whip. Don’t overlook me. There’s a peak alpha in the room and the flyweights know that.”
A new sheriff in town huh? It will be interesting to see how Cejudo looks against Cariaso, and in particular, whether he looks to take the noted striker down.
UFC 185 will be hosted by the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.