Henry Cejudo returns to MMA with confidence in his comeback, anticipating an easy victory over reigning champion Aljamain Sterling. Despite a three-year absence from fighting, the former flyweight and bantamweight champion is determined to reclaim the title with ease.
“Triple C” speaks out at UFC 288 pre-fight news conference
At a UFC 288 pre-fight news conference, Cejudo made his feelings clear, stating that his return to the octagon is a matter of “easy money”. He credits his coaching experience with some of the best fighters in the world, such as Jon Jones, Demetrious Johnson, Zhang Weili, Deiveson Figueiredo, and Jiri Prochazka, for his newfound confidence. According to Cejudo, he has started to understand his talent a little better, and therefore, Sterling will not pose a challenge.
“I know there is a window, I know there is a gap where I really do have to say goodbye. I’m 36 years old, I’m 36 years young, and I feel good. I feel really good,” added Cejudo.
The Main Event: Cejudo vs. Sterling
Cejudo’s opponent, Aljamain Sterling, is on a great run in the UFC, with a record of 22-3 MMA and 14-3 UFC. He is coming off a second-round stoppage of TJ Dillashaw last October. Sterling won the bantamweight title by defeating Petr Yan by DQ and then successfully defended the belt against Yan in a split decision.
Cejudo (16-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) has not fought since 2020 but is confident that he has what it takes to defeat Sterling in his comeback fight. He retired at the top of the division after defeating Dominick Cruz.
The main event at UFC 288 is an excellent match-up, and it will be interesting to see if Cejudo can make good on his promise of an easy victory. With a three-year absence from the sport and the reigning champion as opposition, the odds may not be in Cejudo’s favour. However, he remains confident and determined to prove himself in the octagon once again.