UFC 288: Sterling vs Cejudo at Prudential Center

UFC 288: Sterling vs. Cejudo is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Don’t Miss A Moment Of UFC 288: Sterling vs Cejudo, Live From The Prudential Center In Newark, New Jersey On May 6, 2023.

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UFC 288 live stream: How to watch Sterling vs. Cejudo online, match card, start time. Get the live coverage of UFC 288: Sterling vs. Cejudo from Prudential Center in Newark on ESPN, including the main card and prelims.

 

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MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN/ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Drew Dober (155.5) vs. Matt Frevola (155)
  • Devin Clark (205) vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu (205)
  • Rolando Bedoya (170) vs. Khaos Williams (169)
  • Virna Jandiroba (115) vs. Marina Rodriguez (115)

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN/ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Parker Porter (249) vs. Braxton Smith (262)
  • Ikram Aliskerov (186) vs. Phil Hawes (185)
  • Rafael Estevam ()* vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (125)
  • Joseph Holmes (189)** vs. Claudio Ribeiro (185)

UFC 288

Bantamweight¬†champion¬†Aljamain Sterling will¬†make¬†the third¬†defense¬†of his¬†title¬†Saturday against¬†former¬†two-¬†division¬†winner¬†Henry Cejudo in the main¬†event¬†of UFC 288 Sterlingvs. Cejudo. Their five-round¬†battle¬†tops the¬†pay– per-¬†view¬†main UFC 288¬†fight¬†card( 10p.m. ET) from the Prudential Center in Newark,N.J. Sterling is¬†extensively¬†considered¬†one of the¬†sport‘s¬†top¬†grapplers¬†and he’s on an eight-¬†fight¬†winning¬†band¬†heading into Saturday.
But he¬†used¬†his¬†stage– up¬†game¬†to¬†knock¬†out¬†former¬†championT.J Dillashaw in his¬†last¬†spin. Cejudo will¬†return¬†from a three-¬†time¬†absence¬†and¬†step¬†directly¬†into a¬†title¬†shot. He’s one of¬†just¬†four two-¬†division¬†titleholders¬†in UFC¬†history. The others are Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes.

The early weigh-ins take place at the UFC host hotel in New Jersey and precede the ceremonial weigh-ins for the fans, which take place at 4 p.m. ET at Prudential Center in Newark. The same venue hosts Saturday’s event, which has a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.

In the main event, bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling (22-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) puts his title on the line against former two-division champ Henry Cejudo (16-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC). Cejudo is coming out of a retirement of nearly three years.

Cejudo was the first fighter to the scale in the two-hour official window and was 135 pounds on the nose. Sterling was the second to last fighter to weigh in, but still came to the scale with about 50 minutes left in the session. He was under the title limit at 134 to make the headliner official.

In the co-feature, Gilbert Burns (22-5 MMA, 15-5 UFC) takes on Belal Muhammad (22-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) in a hastily assembled welterweight No. 1 contender fight that was booked just 16 days out. The winner has been promised the next shot at the title after Colby Covington takes on champion Leon Edwards. Muhammad was 170 pounds; Burns came in at 171.

The flyweight fight between Rafael Estevam (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Zhalgas Zhumagulov (14-8 MMA, 1-5 UFC) was canceled due to what UFC officials termed ‚Äúweight-cutting issues‚ÄĚ for Estevam. Zhumagulov made weight at 125 pounds early in the session, but Estevam never made a trip to the scale.

And the middleweight bout between Joseph Holmes (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Claudio Ribeiro (10-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), which is set to open up the preliminary card, will take place at a catchweight after Holmes came in at 189 pounds. He’ll forfeit 20 percent of his purse as a penalty, but the fight will go on.

The early weigh-ins took place at the UFC host hotel in New Jersey and preceded the ceremonial weigh-ins for the fans, which take place at 4 p.m. ET at Prudential Center in Newark. The same venue hosts Saturday’s event, which has a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.

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