Legacy Fighting Championship (LFC) held its most recent mixed martial arts (MMA) event last Friday night (Jan. 31, 2014) in Houston, Texas, and in the co-main event, Henry Cejudo dominated Elias Garcia for 15 minutes to open up his career at 6-0.
The 26-year-old grappler has yet to be truly tested by whoever his scheduled opponent is inside the cage. Instead, his personal choices and weight cutting issues have been his biggest foe.
At Thursday's weigh-ins, the undefeated Cejudo showed up to the festivities late, then hopped on the scale two-and-a-half pounds overweight. This normally wouldn't be the end of the world, but Cejudo has already failed to show up for weigh-ins once before, forcing the hand of LFC officials the night prior to his fight with Saul Elizondo, which was supposed to go down in November.
As a result of this latest shortfall, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation docked "The American Dream" half of his purse and LFC owner Mick Maynard said during the AXS TV telecast that the commission is expected to suspend the Olympian anywhere between 90 and 180 days for being tardy.
For all his shortcomings outside the cage, he redeemed himself with his performance on Friday.
Aside from eating one punch to the chin early, Cejudo was able to out wrestle and outclass his previously undefeated opponent. The "Fight Ready" team member showed a significant increase in striking prowess and reminded those who quickly forgot about how good his work rate truly is.
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Following the fight, Cejudo took full responsibility for his failure to make weight and acknowledged the need for bringing in a nutritionist to help with maintaining proper mass. This seems like a good idea, especially after hearing news that Cejudo had dropped 20 pounds in less than 48 hours in a failed attempt to reach 125 pounds.
He definitely has potential, but with questions about his commitment to the due diligence side of MMA, don't expect him to be in the big leagues anytime soon.