Henry Cejudo is looking to make his return to mixed martial arts against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 284, and the bout is currently being worked on by the promotion per Ariel Helwani.
The card will also likely feature Makhachev vs. Volkanovski, and Whittaker vs. Costa.
This 5-round title fight will take place in the Bantamweight (135 lbs) division.
Aljamain Sterling is the UFC Bantamweight champion and holds a professional record of 22-3. His notable wins include TJ Dillashaw, Petr Yan, and Cory Sandhagen.
Henry Cejudo is the former UFC Flyweight and Bantamweight champion and holds a professional record of 16-2. His notable wins include Demetrius Johnson, Dominick Cruz, and TJ Dillashaw.
This fight has been brewing since early 2021 when Sterling first won the title. The two have had multiple face-offs, social media scuffles, and even met up for a podcast inside Cejudo’s home.
Sterling fought just this weekend at UFC 280 where he made short work of TJ Dillashaw. He finished him with ground and pound in the 2nd round after landing 148 strikes to 13. There was controversy surrounding the win, however as Dillashaw dislocated his shoulder early in the fight. He told fans that it completely blew in April of this year and that he must’ve dislocated it at least 20 times in training.
His teammate Cub Swanson revealed that just weeks out from the fight, TJ was completely unable to lift his arm during training or his daily life. Sterling’s win is extremely impressive and will become a large part of his legacy, but it will always be marred by controversy.
Henry Cejudo last fought at UFC 249 in May 2020 where he defeated Dominick Cruz by knockout in the 2nd round. Following the win, Cejudo retired from MMA as the Bantamweight champion of the world.
His incredible resume in the sport is perhaps topped only by his Olympic gold medal in freestyle wrestling. He competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and became the youngest-ever gold medalist in his category.
Cejudo has cemented himself as an all-time great in the sport and Sterling is on the way to doing so. A win for either man would catapult their legacies to another level.
Additional information to note:
Although there have been rumors from Jon Jones that he will fight Stipe Miocic at UFC 282, the UFC has just confirmed Prochazka vs. Teixeira 2 as the main event, making it highly unlikely that Jones would return on the card.