The UFC is finalizing a bantamweight title fight among Aljamain Sterling and Henry Cejudo, each fighters announced on social media.
ContractsSponsored Product have not been signed, but the 135-pound title fight is becoming targeted for May six. The UFC has not officially announced an occasion on that date, but it is anticipated to be a UFC 288 spend-per-view at a place to be determined.
“I’m fighting May six against Henry Cejudo and I’m searching forward to the challenge,” Sterling mentioned on his “Weekly Scrap” podcast.
The UFC has been interested in this matchup for months, due to the fact Sterling (22-three) defended his title for the very first time against former champion TJ Dillashaw in October. The fight probably would have occurred sooner, potentially subsequent month, but Sterling has been rehabbing a lingering injury to his bicep.
Fighting out of Cortland, New York, Sterling is on an eight-fight winning streak. One of these victories came below some controversy, when he won the title more than Petr Yan by disqualification in 2021. Since then, Sterling has legitimized his title reign, defeating Yan in a rematch ahead of submitting Dillashaw.
Cejudo (16-two) is 1 of the most achieved fighters in combat sports history. The 36-year-old is an Olympic gold-medal wrestler and two-weight UFC champion. He became the UFC’s flyweight champion in 2018 and its bantamweight champ in 2019. He defended the bantamweight title after ahead of retiring from the sport in 2020.
Even through his absence, several anticipated Cejudo would ultimately return. He has expressed a want to ultimately move up once again in weight in an try to turn into the UFC’s very first 3-weight champ.