UFC 288 Results: Sterling Retains Bantamweight Title in Showdown with Cejudo

UFC 288 Results: Sterling Retains Bantamweight Title in Showdown with Cejudo

UFC 288 delivered an exciting night of fights at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. In the main event, Aljamain Sterling and Henry Cejudo clashed in a highly anticipated bantamweight championship bout that went the distance. Here’s a rundown of the key matchups from the event.

Aljamain Sterling Retains Bantamweight Title in Split Decision

The main event of UFC 288 saw Aljamain Sterling defend his bantamweight title against former champion Henry Cejudo. The fight was a closely contested affair, with both fighters showing their strengths in the cage. In the end, Sterling managed to hold on to his title by winning a split decision (47–48, 48–47, 48–47).


Belal Muhammad Dominates Gilbert Burns

Belal Muhammad put on a dominant performance in the co-main event against Gilbert Burns. Muhammad controlled the fight from start to finish and picked up a unanimous decision victory (50–45, 49–46, 49–46). The win marks Muhammad’s fifth straight victory in the welterweight division.


Yan Xiaonan Knocks Out Jéssica Andrade

Yan Xiaonan put on a show-stopping performance in her strawweight matchup against Jéssica Andrade. Xiaonan landed a brutal punch that knocked Andrade out cold in just 2 minutes and 20 seconds of the first round. The victory improves Xiaonan’s UFC record to 8-2 and puts her in the conversation for a future title shot.


Movsar Evloev Earns Unanimous Decision Over Diego Lopes

Movsar Evloev and Diego Lopes put on a back-and-forth featherweight bout that was highly entertaining. Evloev was ultimately able to pick up a unanimous decision victory (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) over Lopes. The win marks Evloev’s sixth straight victory in the UFC.


Charles Jourdain Dominates Kron Gracie

Charles Jourdain put on a dominant performance against Kron Gracie in their featherweight matchup. Jourdain controlled the fight from start to finish and picked up a unanimous decision victory (30–27, 30–27, 30–27). The win improves Jourdain’s UFC record to 5-5 and puts him back in the win column after two straight losses.

Other Results

The preliminary card saw a number of exciting fights, including a first-round TKO victory for Matt Frevola over Drew Dober, Kennedy Nzechukwu’s technical submission victory over Devin Clark via a guillotine choke, and Virna Jandiroba’s unanimous decision victory over Marina Rodriguez. The early preliminary card saw Parker Porter’s TKO victory over Braxton Smith, Ikram Aliskerov’s KO victory over Phil Hawes, and Claudio Ribeiro’s TKO victory over Joseph Holmes.

Overall, UFC 288 delivered an exciting night of fights that showcased some of the best talents in the UFC. The event featured a mix of dominant performances and closely contested matchups, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the next UFC event.


Full UFC 288 Results

UFC 288 – Main Card


Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling (c) vs Henry CejudoAljamain Sterling defeated Henry CejudoDecision (split)47–48, 48–47, 48–47
Welterweight: Belal Muhammad vs Gilbert BurnsBelal Muhammad defeated Gilbert BurnsDecision (unanimous)50–45, 49–46, 49–46
Women’s Strawweight: Yan Xiaonan vs Jéssica AndradeYan Xiaonan defeated Jéssica AndradeKO (punches)Round 1, 2:20
Featherweight: Movsar Evloev vs Diego LopesMovsar Evloev defeated Diego LopesDecision (unanimous)29–28, 29–28, 30–27
Featherweight: Charles Jourdain vs Kron GracieCharles Jourdain defeated Kron GracieDecision (unanimous)30–27, 30–27, 30–27

UFC 288 – Preliminary Card


Lightweight: Matt Frevola vs. Drew DoberMatt Frevola defeated Drew DoberTKO (punches)Round 1, 4:08
Light Heavyweight: Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Devin ClarkKennedy Nzechukwu defeated Devin ClarkTechnical Submission (guillotine choke)Round 2, 2:28
Welterweight: Khaos Williams vs. Rolando BedoyaKhaos Williams defeated Rolando BedoyaDecision (split)27–30, 29–28, 29–28
Women’s Strawweight: Virna Jandiroba vs. Marina RodriguezVirna Jandiroba defeated Marina RodriguezDecision (unanimous)29–28, 29–28, 30–27

UFC 288 – Early Preliminary Card

Heavyweight: Parker Porter vs Braxton SmithParker Porter defeated Braxton SmithTKO (punches)1:10
Middleweight: Ikram Aliskerov vs Phil HawesIkram Aliskerov defeated Phil HawesKO (punches)2:10
Catchweight (189 lb): Claudio Ribeiro vs Joseph HolmesClaudio Ribeiro defeated Joseph HolmesTKO (punches)2:21
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