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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+.

Joshua vs Franklin

Main Event: Joshua vs Franklin Fight Live Stream and TV Channel 1st April

Joshua vs Franklin! Anthony Joshua vs Jermaine Franklin fight how to watch live online stream around the world? Anthony Joshua vs Jermaine Franklin: Date, UK start time, live stream, TV channel, undercard for AJ’s HUGE O2 comeback.

Former two-time unified Heavyweight Champion of the World Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) fights at The O2 in London for the first time since 2016 as he begins life under the tutelage of new head trainer Derrick James. ‚ÄėAJ‚Äô returns to the scene of his first World Title win over Charles Martin to face another American contender in Jermain Franklin (21-1, 14 KOs). Saginaw‚Äôs ‚Äė989 Assassin‚Äô pushed Dillian Whyte all the way in a close points loss at Wembley‚Äôs OVO Arena last November and is relishing his shot against one of the biggest names in the sport.

Joshua vs Franklin: Date and start time

This 12-round heavyweight bout will take place on Saturday, April 1.

It is being held at The O2 Arena in London, a venue that Joshua has a 7-0 record at.

The early bouts will get going from 4pm on the night with the main undercard starting at 7pm.

Ringwalks for Joshua v Franklin can then be expected at around 10:15pm.

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Joshua vs Franklin

Hoping to bounce back from these defeats, Joshua will take on America’s Jermaine Franklin on April 1, who is best known for his recent controversial loss against former AJ foe, Dillian Whyte.

The fight is set to take place at the O2 Arena in London, which has a capacity of 20,000, and despite the fight being less than a month away, there are still thousands of unsold tickets.

This comes as a surprise given that earlier in Joshua’s career he sold out Wembley Stadium twice with a capacity of 90,000 and the Principality Stadium in Cardiff twice with a capacity of 74,500.

Joshua vs Franklin: talkSPORT coverage

talkSPORT will have live coverage of the fight.

Our team includes former boxer Spencer Oliver, Adam Catterall, Gareth A Davies and match commentator Andy Clarke, who will deliver punch-by-punch commentary of every moment live from London.

Coverage of the undercard will begin at 7pm on talkSPORT 2 before switching over to talkSPORT for the main event at 9pm.

FIGHT CARD
Fabio Wardley vs Michael Polite Coffie
Galal Yafai vs Moises Calleros
Austin Williams vs River Wilson-Bent
Campbell Hatton vs Louis Fielding
John Hedges vs Daniel Bocianski
Jordan Flynn vs Kane Barker
Juergen Uldedaj vs Benoit Huber
Ziyad Almaayouf vs Georgi Velichkov
Peter Kadiru vs Alen Lauriolle

The former heavyweight champ is looking to get back into title contention, however, and is starting things off with a tasty clash against Franklin.

The Michigan-born fighter lost a narrow decision to Dillian Whyte at the tail-end of 2022, but most thought he did enough to win the fight.

Should Joshua beat Franklin, a rematch with Whyte, who he knocked out in 2015, would be well on the cards.

Joshua’s career is effectively on the line, however, so he can’t take Franklin lightly.

Franklin, 29, will be looking to catapult himself into the heavyweight title picture himself, and a win over Joshua would give him some newfound fame in the US.

Robert Garcia is no longer Joshua’s trainer, with the Brit set to partner up with Derrick James out in Texas.

Joshua will be hoping some fresh eyes in his corner can reignite his career, with future super-fights against Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder still on his mind.

First things first – win emphatically against Franklin and those huge match-ups will be back on.

Former two-time unified heavyweight champion of the world Anthony Joshua fights at The O2 in London for the first time since 2016 as he begins life under the tutelage of new head trainer Derrick James. (photos by Mark Robinson)

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‚ÄėAJ‚Äô returns to the scene of his first World Title win over Charles Martin to face another American contender in Jermain Franklin.

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Fabio Wardley is riding high after claiming the vacant British Title in November with a third round stoppage over Nathan Gormley at Wembley Arena in London, and the Ipswich ace returns to the capital for his fourth straight fight and third in that run at The O2, and meets American Michael Polite-Coffie in his first fight of 2023.

[Photos Collect From boxingscene.com]

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