Rumors are swirling as it appears that the UFC is looking to book Aljamain Sterling vs. Henry Cejudo for UFC 287, on April 8. Cejudo’s return to the UFC is a massive draw, as the Olympic gold medalist and former UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion will fight for the first time in nearly three years.
Although a near three year absence, there is no set-up fight for Cejudo and he will be thrown right into a title fight against Sterling. Sterling is currently on a eight-fight win streak, and most recently has defended his belt twice against Petr Yan and T.J. Dillashaw.
Cejudo was on a six-fight win streak himself before announcing his retirement after a TKO finish over Dominick Cruz on May 9, 2020. It’s clear to say that Cejudo will be Sterling’s toughest opponent of his career so far, even though the 35-year-old hasn’t competed in years.
Prior to Sterling and Cejudo’s agreement, there were a lot of questions still looming about who had earned the title fight against Sterling. #1 ranked bantamweight Sean O’Malley has been quite vocal about wanting to fight both Sterling and Cejudo, but it seems the UFC will hold off on O’Malley and possibly setting up a rematch with Marlon Vera.
Sterling has looked great in his past two fights, winning convincingly and looks to be at the peak of his UFC career. For Cejudo, he is renowned as one of the best flyweight and bantamweight fighters in the history of the sport, and fans are blessed to see his return to the octagon on April 8.