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UFC 288 Sterling vs Cejudo MMA Fight Card and News

UFC 288 Sterling vs Cejudo MMA Fight Card and News

What: UFC 288

Where: Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

When: Saturday, May 6. The card begins with a three-fight early prelims portion on ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m. ET, with continuing coverage of the four-fight prelim card on ESPN and ESPN+ beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The five-fight main card begins at 10 p.m. ET and is available exclusively on ESPN+ pay-per-view.

Tv Channel: Fight Live

UFC 288: Sterling vs. Cejudo is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on May 6, 2023, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Location: Prudential Center Source
Date: May 6, 2023 at 10:00 PM GMT+6
City: Newark, New Jersey, United States

MAIN CARD

Aljamain Sterling vs. Henry Cejudo
Belal Muhammad vs. Gilbert Burns
Jessica Andrade vs. Yan Xiaonan
Movsar Evloev vs. Diego Lopes
Kron Gracie vs. Charles Jourdain

UNDERCARD

Drew Dober vs. Matt Frevola
Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Devin Clark
Khaos Williams vs. Rolando Bedoya
Marina Rodriguez vs. Virna Jandiroba
Braxton Smith vs. Parker Porter
Phil Hawes vs. Ikram Aliskerov
Joseph Holmes vs. Claudio Ribeiro

The UFC has lost two fights in less than 24 hours. Daniel Santos vs. Johnny Muñoz Jr. and Rafael Estevam vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov were set for UFC 288, the upcoming pay-per-view event scheduled for May 6 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. However, those fights were canceled recently.

“Funk Master” goes for the third straight defense of his bantamweight championship when he faces the returning Henry Cejudo in the main event of UFC 288, a matchup that seems fitting given Sterling’s strange run at the top so far.

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After winning the title from Petr Yan by disqualification (the only fighter ever to acquire a UFC belt in this fashion), Sterling won a narrow split decision in their their rematch, and then received little credit for running through a compromised T.J. Dillashaw. Now he takes on a former two-division champion who is coming out of retirement after three years on the sidelines. Even with a win, it’s impossible to guess how Sterling’s reign will be viewed after this one.

For Henry Cejudo, he’s playing with house money. The Olympic gold medalist waltzed right past a loaded contenders’ line into a title shot and is already angling for a superfight with featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. Nobody enters the octagon looking to lose, but should Cejudo fall short of his ambitious comeback plans, he can simply enjoy his payday and return to civilian life and none will be the wiser; if he wins, the self-proclaimed “King of Cringe” could take his act to a whole new, insufferable level.

In other main card action, Gilbert Burns and Belal Muhammad meet in a fight that should make the winner the No. 1 contender for the welterweight title, strawweights Jessica Andrade and Yan Xiaonan also compete in a matchup with title implications, Movsar Evloev takes on short-notice replacement Diego Lopes, and grappling ace Kron Gracie returns from a layoff of over 1300 days to fight Charles Jourdain in a featherweight bout.