Henry Cejudo (37, USA), who left the Octagon after winning the UFC flyweight and bantamweight division, returns after three years.
Cejudo will face bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling (34, USA) in the UFC 288 main event held at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, USA on the 7th (Korean time). I came to retrieve the belt that was never stolen.
A gold medalist in wrestling at the 2008 Olympic Ga메이저사이트mes in Beijing, Cejudo entered professional mixed martial arts (MMA) in 2013. He has been active in the UFC since 2014 and has been crowned flyweight champion in 2018 and bantamweight champion in 2019.
Cejudo retired abruptly after making his first bantamweight defense against Dominic Cruz (USA) at UFC 249 in May 2020. It was because he had nothing more to do.
Cejudo’s comeback is because of the featherweight title. He defeated champion Alexander Volkanovski (Australia) to become a three-weight division champion. Cejudo has been demanding from the UFC that if a fight with Volkanovski is made, he can return. Last year, “Korean Zombie” Chan-sung Jeong insisted on a title shot when facing Volkanovski.
Cejudo, who didn’t get UFC permission, knocks on the door himself. He is determined to find the bantamweight title first and challenge Volkanovski in the eventual. His MMA record is 16 wins and 2 losses. Prior to his retirement, he had 6 consecutive UFC wins.
At Media Day held on the 4th, Cejudo said, “Volkanovski is the best challenger I want,” and said, “I will aim for Volkanovski after dealing with Sterling and Sean O’Malley (No. 2 in the U.S. bantamweight rankings).” He continued, “I want to fight him in his backyard, Australia.”
Opponent Sterling became the champion at UFC 267 in 2021 after being fouled by Pyotr Yan (Russia), who was the champion at the time. After defeating Jan at UFC 273 in April of last year by decision, he captured former champion TJ Dillashaw (USA) by TKO in October of the same year. His record in MMA is 22 wins and 3 losses, and he is on a streak of 8 consecutive wins in the UFC.