Aljamain Sterling Says Cejudo Is No Longer ‘Triple C’: ‘He’s Just Henry Now’

"Funk Master" is certain he has taken the greatness out of "Triple C."

Aljamain Sterling
Aljamain Sterling - Image Credit @funkmastermma Instagram
  • Aljamain Sterling believes Henry Cejudo has nothing much left in his legacy after he beat him at UFC 288
  • “Funk Master” thinks it would hard for any bantamweight to stop him or take away his GOAT status

Henry Cejudo has used the moniker “Triple C” to remind everybody that he is an Olympic gold medalist and a two-division UFC champion. However, reigning bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling thinks that is no longer the case after he beat Cejudo at UFC 288.

No more “Triple C”

Speaking to TMZ Sports, “Funk Master” revealed that he asked Cejudo about what would a win over him would mean for his legacy. For Sterling, the fact that he won only meant he now deserves the credit for all of Cejudo’s accolades.

“I said that to him too, I said, ‘Yo what’s going to happen when you realize this is not an easy fight you’re saying this is easy money so it should be easy and I guarantee you it’s not’ and I even said like you’re supposed to be the greatest of all time right so what happens when I beat you? what does that say about me so I need the fans to keep that same energy the ones that were doubting me and said I had no chance and he’s a two-division champion, an Olympic gold medalist and my wrestling sucks compared to his and I won’t be able to take him down… I am now an Olympic champion, I beat the Olympian in a wrestling,” Sterling explained.

“I think he’s now ‘Double C.’ Maybe even just ‘One C’ now. Maybe he’s just Henry. He’s just Henry now. He’s just Henry. I took his gold medal. I took his gold belt. I don’t know, there’s not much left,” he continued.

The bantamweight GOAT

Even before the title fight, Sterling already said he should be the GOAT of bantamweight if he manages to get the better of Cejudo. It is certainly how he feels at this point and he is confident it will be hard for anybody to change that.

“I believe that I’m the best bantamweight right now. Whether I’m the greatest ever, I still let the fans decide that but yeah as always I’m gonna always believe in myself and I believe I’m the greatest bantamweight of all time right now like in this division, I am the greatest bantamweight and I think I’m gonna be very hard to beat,” the champ concluded.

UFC president Dana White confirmed after UFC 288 that Sean O’Malley will be Sterling’s next title challenger. There’s no official date yet but the result of the fight could play a crucial role in Aljo’s plans to move up to the featherweight division.

Published on May 10, 2023 at 1:08 pm
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