Cejudo was born in Los Angeles, California, but spent much of his childhood in poverty in Phoenix, Arizona.
Cejudo started wrestling at the age of 7 and went on to become a two-time state champion in high school.
He won a gold medal in freestyle wrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, becoming the youngest American wrestler to ever win an Olympic gold medal.
Cejudo suffered a career-threatening shoulder injury in 2010 and underwent reconstructive surgery.
He made his professional MMA debut in 2013 and went on to win his first six fights, all by way of stoppage.
Cejudo became the UFC Flyweight Champion in 2018, defeating Demetrious Johnson in a historic upset.
Cejudo retired from MMA in 2020, shortly after defending his bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz.
He is known for his unique wrestling style, which combines freestyle, Greco-Roman, and folkstyle techniques.
Cejudo is also an accomplished motivational speaker and has given talks to schools, businesses, and sports teams around the world.
He has appeared on several TV shows, including the reality series "The Ultimate Fighter" and the game show "Celebrity Family Feud."