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Wrestling Olympic Gold Medalist teams up with Make-A-Wish® North Texas for Mixed Martial Arts Debut in Dallas


October 07, 2013

Henry Cejudo, at the age of 21, achieved his dream and made history by becoming the youngest American gold medalist in the history of U.S. wrestling. Henry’s inspiring journey from childhood adversity to the 2008 Beijing Olympics shows what the human spirit is capable of when passion and perseverance are at the soul’s foundation.

Currently engaged in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, Henry has recently signed a multi-fight contract with Legacy Fighting Championship, a Houston based promoter, and will be appearing in the Legacy Fighting Championship 24 at the Allen Event Center on Friday, October 11, 2013 which will be televised live on AXS TV (owned by Mark Cuban, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Ryan Seacrest Media and CBS). Henry is 4-0 in competition and is currently listed as the number one prospect in the world.

As part of Henry’s decision to engage in the sport of MMA, he has decided to donate a portion of his fight proceeds to Make-A-Wish® North Texas to help grant the wishes of children battling life-threatening illnesses in North Texas and will utilize the mantra “Fighting For A Better World” as he continues to use MMA as a platform to bring awareness to underprivileged youth. Henry will continue his support of Make-A-Wish® by making further donations to Make-A-Wish in each city he competes with Legacy Fighting Championship.

Cejudo commented, “It is a pleasure and honor to support an organization such as Make-A-Wish. Many of the children grow up in disadvantaged homes and have the added burden of having to deal with a life-threating medical condition.” Cejudo continued, “I believe it is incumbent for everyone to support those in need. That is a reason I am Fighting For A Better World, and making a Commitment to Community with my support of Make-A Wish North Texas.”

About Henry Cejudo
Henry Cejudo is a freestyle wrestler who won a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At 21-years-old, Henry became the youngest American ever to have won an Olympic gold medal in wrestling. Henry was born in Los Angeles and currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Since winning Olympic gold, Henry has authored two books, including his autobiography American Victory, been to the White House on three separate occasions, and regularly appears on such shows as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, ESPN Sports Center, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, etc. He has also been featured in such publications as Sports Illustrated, USA Today, ESPN Magazine, Latino Perspectives, etc. Henry continues to be active with USOC programs, as well as involvement in youth mentoring programs and helping underprivileged and disadvantaged kids. Learn more at You can also follow Henry on Facebook at or on Twitter at

For more information, please contact Megan Reed, Make-A-Wish North Texas Communications Manager, at

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