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Fight Week UFC 288: Sterling vs. Cejudo

This Saturday on May 6th, The UFC is heading to the Prudential Center, in New Jersey with the main event headlining Bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling and former double Flyweight and Bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo. The Co-main will feature Welterweights Belal
Muhammad (#4) vs. Gilbert Burns (#5), and the rest of the main card will bring out Strawweight contenders Jessica Andrade (#4) vs. Yan Xiaonan (#6), Featherweight contenders Movsar Evloev (#10) vs. Bryce Mitchell (#11), and to kick off the card we will have Featherweights Kron Gracie vs. Charles Jourdain. There’s also a couple of fights that are on the Prelims that you don’t wanna miss like Lightweight contenders Drew Dober (#14) vs. Matt Frevola, and last but not least to kick-off the Prelims we will have Strawweights Marina Rodriguez (#5) vs. Virna Jandiroba (#9).

Now let’s talk about the main event, Aljamain Sterling (22-3) is coming into this fight with a eight-fight winning streak with his last opponent being TJ Dillishaw at UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev, which ended by a TKO stoppage in the second round. Sterling made his UFC debut way back in 2014 on UFC 170: Rousey vs. Mcmann against Cody Gibson, He won the fight by Unanimous Decision. Since his debut, Sterling has been improving so much with his grappling, striking, and his wrestling since his first fight and almost looks like a different guy out there. Two out of his three losses were ended by Split Decisions, and then one of his losses was a KO in the first by Marlon Moraes back in 2017. Since then he’s been on a streak taking out opponents like Petr Yan twice, Cory Sandhagen, Pedro Munhoz, Cody Stamann, Jimmie Rivera, and Brett Johns. A lot of people will talk about the DQ win Sterling had against Petr Yan when they fought the first time, cause a lot of people will say that he was losing the fight which i agree to. But when he had to redeem himself and fight Yan for the second time at UFC 273, he proved everyone wrong and dominated Yan the second fight. If Sterling is able to beat Cejudo in this fight, without a doubt he’s in the talks for one of the greatest Bantamweights ever in UFC history.

Henry Cejudo (16-2) is coming into this fight with a six-fight winning streak, but his last fight was three years ago in 2020 at UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje against Dominick Cruz, Cejudo won by a KO/TKO finish in the second round. When Cejudo beat Cruz and had the Flyweight and Bantamweight Championship belts, he decided to retire at thirty-three years old. Cejudo started his combat sports career with wrestling at the age of 11, before his MMA career Cejudo competed in the 2006, 2007, and 2008 Pan American Championships. He achieved medals in the 121-pound weight class, and also captured a bronze medal at the 2007 Wrestling World Cup. In 2008 he competed in the Summer Olympics and had to face Japanese wrestler Tomohiro Matsunaga, for the first time in his wrestling career he was able to win the first two periods which helped him secure the gold medal. This win made Henry Cejudo the youngest Mexican-American athlete ever to win a gold medal at the age of twenty-one. That record stayed until 2016 when Kyle Snyder won the Olympic gold at the age of twenty. The NWHOF (National Wrestling Hall of Fame) has also inducted Cejudo as a Distinguished Member of the Class of 2018 when he announced his retirement from wrestling back in 2012. Henry made his UFC debut in 2014 against Dustin Kimura at UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Miocic, Cejudo won the fight by a Unanimous Decision. Henry has only lost twice in his MMA career the first one was against Demetrious Johnson by KO/TKO and came back and beat Johnson by a Unanimous Decision win. The second loss was against Joseph Benavidez by Unanimous Decision, but since then he was beaten top Flyweights and Bantamweights like Marlon Moraes, TJ Dillishaw, Sergio Pettis, and Wilson Reis.

Now to the Co-main event, Belal Muhammad (22-3) is coming into this fight with a eight-fight winning streak, his last bout was against Sean Brady whom he finished with a TKO stoppage at UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev. Belal made his UFC debut back in 2016 against Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez, Belal lost the fight to a Unanimous Decision. But since then he has fought everyone that the UFC has handed him like Vicente Luque, Stephen Thompson, Demian Maia, Leon Edwards, and Randy Brown. For awhile Muhammad has been calling out (#1) Welterweight Contender Colby Covington, who’s going to be fighting for the Welterweight Title against Leon Edwards hopefully sometime this year. But whoever wins this fight will most definitely get the next shot at the Welterweight Title.

Gilbert Burns (22-5) is coming into this fight with a two-fight win streak beating Jorge Masvidal by a Unanimous Decision at UFC 287: Pereira vs. Adesanya about a month ago. His last few fights before that was against rising contender Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 273 losing by a controversial decision. Burns made his debut in the UFC way back in 2014 beating top welterweight contenders like Stephen Thompson, Tyron Woodley, Demian Maia, and Gunnar Nelson. Gilbert Burns has even fought for the Welterweight title against former champion Kamaru Usman losing by KO/TKO. Burns has been fighting almost his whole life starting with Jiu-Jitsu when he was a child, when his father offered to fix his customers car in trade for three months of Jiu-Jitsu lessons for all his boys. Burns has competed in Jiu-Jitsu all over the world and even came in second place at the “World Jiu-Jitsu Championship” back in 2009, and won the tournament two years later in 2011. After that, Burns decided to make MMA his main focus and started his MMA career and debut in 2012.

What fight are you guys most excited for on this card?

And who do you guys have winning the Main event?

Let me know down in the comments below LETS GO!

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Walker is back!