Not only does Cejudo (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) have the opportunity to end Johnson’s (23-2-1 MMA, 11-1-1 UFC) lengthy title reign to become just the second man to hold the UFC’s 125-pound title, but more significantly, the 2008 Olympic gold-medalist wrestler has the chance to become the first person in history to win Olympic and UFC gold.
Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey accomplished a similar feat when she added a UFC belt to a resume that already included an Olympic bronze medal. However, none of the 18 athletes who have competed in both the Olympics and the UFC have reached the absolute pinnacle in both athletic endeavors.
Cejudo, No. 4 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, wants to put his name in the record books when he takes on No. 1-ranked Johnson in UFC 197’s pay-per-view co-headliner, which takes place April 23 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.