Morning Report: Henry Cejudo says Gable Steveson might beat Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou ‘within the subsequent couple of years’

At solely 21 years outdated and contemporary off an Olympic gold medal win at 125 kg within the Tokyo video games, Gable Steveson has the fight sports activities world at his finger suggestions. Since profitable gold final month, Steveson has hinted at a doable transfer to MMA, courting UFC President Dana White and saying “who wouldn’t wish to be the baddest man on the planet?” It’s an attractive proposition for the budding star and one which fellow Olympic champion Henry Cejudo understands higher than most, which is why Cejudo is taking the time to supply his brother-in-gold some recommendation on the right way to proceed.

“I really talked to Gable yesterday,” Cejudo instructed TMZ Sports. “I’m simply giving him pointers, saying hear, you’ve bought your supervisor, you’ve bought your agent however you’ve bought to strike whereas the iron is scorching. You’ve bought to push them, you’ve set to work, and no matter it’s you determine to do, you’ve bought to focus in on that and truly have a sport plan since you can’t simply attempt to dabble in all of them. A grasp of all trades is a grasp of none. Concentrate on one after which go to the others. I believe he ought to do two years right here, two years there, after which determine as a result of he actually does – he’s 20 years outdated and he has the flexibility to do all of them.”

Cejudo additionally received the Olympics at solely 21 years outdated, taking gold on the 2008 Beijing video games at 55kg. And like with Steveson, after his win Cejudo had a litany of decisions earlier than him. Finally, Cejudo moved additional into fight sports activities the place he additionally excelled, finally claiming each the UFC flyweight and bantamweight titles, and Cejudo believes Steveson will be simply as profitable in MMA, that’s, if the UFC would make it price his whereas.

“The UFC can’t afford him,” Cejudo stated. “I’m sorry, they’ll afford him however they’re not gonna pay him, sadly. I do imagine within the subsequent couple of years he might beat a man like Jon Jones and even Francis Ngannou. He’s the largest risk due to his wrestling base which is extraordinarily scary…

“He’s an actual heavyweight. In case you had been to place him in there proper now, Jon Jones would harm him, Francis Ngannou would harm him. I’ve been there earlier than. After I first fought Demetrious Johnson, I had already had standup and I bought knocked out at 2 minutes and 36 seconds. So that you do should respect the sport.”

One of many points for the UFC although is that they aren’t the one gamers within the Gable Steveson sport. Steveson has additionally proven an curiosity in making the transfer to skilled wrestling and the WWE has proven an equal curiosity within the charismatic younger champion. And naturally, it’s doable Steveson continues down his newbie wrestling journey. At solely 21 years outdated and with two years of collegiate eligibility nonetheless remaining, Steveson might proceed to wrestle for Minnesota and put together for one more Olympic run in 2024 earlier than making a profession change. Actually, the world is Steveson’s oyster proper now and Cejudo says that the largest factor the younger champion must do is solely make up his thoughts, and whether it is MMA that he settles on, Cejudo had some extra recommendation to supply Steveson.

“What Gable Steveson wants proper now, he wants time,” Cejudo stated. “No matter he decides to dedicate himself to, he wants two years, even for the WWE. He might in all probability fast-track the WWE as a result of it’s stunts and it’s an act. But when he’s gonna return to wrestling, he wants to return instantly for newbie, Olympic-style wrestling. Or he’s gonna have to begin coaching. I’d go the Bellator route and possibly go to those smaller reveals to construct him up after which finally take it to the UFC the place they’ll put him in opposition to a top-five opponent straight away and finally fast-pace him to the title.”

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