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Henry Cejudo is back for his belt.
After retiring as a champion in 2020, Cejudo’s bantamweight title was vacated and quickly picked up by Petr Yan. In 2021, Yan lost the championship to Aljamain Sterling, who has successfully defended the title twice. Now, Cejudo has come out of retirement to reclaim the bantamweight title.
To make the card more interesting, Movsar Evloev and Diego Lopes are set to clash before Sterling and Cejudo.
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UFC 288: Sterling vs. Cejudo U.S. Livestream
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When is UFC 288? Date, Time, Location
UFC 288: Sterling vs. Cejudo is happening tonight, Saturday, May 6, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
The main card is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, with early prelims starting at 6 p.m. ET and prelims at 8 p.m. ET.
UFC 288: Sterling vs Cejudo Odds, Undercard
Sterling vs. Cejudo is a hard one to call, as both fighters are bantamweight champions with long careers. Plus, no one has seen Cejudo in action for the last three years.
Because of these circumstances, oddsmakers are essentially giving the fight a 50-50 chance to go either way. As of writing, FanDuel is showing a -111 moneyline for Sterling and a -115 moneyline for Cejudo, giving Cejudo a very slight edge.
Prior to his retirement, “The Messenger” Cejudo went 10-2 in the UFC and 16-2 in his overall MMA career. Before winning the bantamweight championship in 2019, the Phoenix native held the flyweight belt from 2018 until his switch to bantamweight the following year. His most recent fight was a successful bantamweight title defense against Dominick Cruz in May of 2020.
Sterling, on the other hand, boasts a 22-3 MMA record, including an eight-fight win streak since 2018. He took the bantamweight title from Petr Yan in March of 2021, winning via disqualification after Yan landed an illegal knee to Sterling’s face. But, in a rematch last year, Sterling proved to be the better fighter by beating Yan and defending the title. “Funk Master” subsequently defended the title once more against T.J. Dillashaw in October.
At Sterling and Cejudo’s final faceoff on Friday, things got physical. After Sterling put his fingers in Cejudo’s, Cejudo slapped his hand away and Sterling proceeded to push the challenger before the two were separated.
Here’s the full fight card leading up to Sterling vs. Cejudo:
Aljamain Sterling (c) vs. Henry Cejudo — Bantamweight championship
Belal Muhammad vs. Gilbert Burns — Welterweight
Jessica Andrade vs. Yan Xiaonan — Women’s Strawweight
Movsar Evloev vs. Diego Lopes — Featherweight
Kron Gracie vs. Charles Jourdain — Featherweight
Drew Dober vs. Matt Frevola — Lightweight
Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Devin Clark — Light Heavyweight
Khaos Williams vs. Rolando Bedoya — Welterweight
Marina Rodriguez vs. Virna Jandiroba — Women’s Strawweight
Braxton Smith vs. Parker Porter — Heavyweight
Phil Hawes vs. Ikram Aliskerov — Middleweight
Rafael Estevam vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov — Flyweight
Joseph Holmes vs. Claudio Ribeiro — Middleweight
Daniel Santos vs. Johnny Munoz Jr. — Bantamweight