Henry Cejudo says the UFC wants Aljamain Sterling out and he is the man to do it.
Henry Cejudo is returning from a three-year layoff into a UFC bantamweight title shot. He will be taking on current champ, Aljamain Sterling at UFC 288. Much has been said about the return of “Triple C” and what kind of shape he will be in after such a long time away. Cejudo and Sterling have been going back and forth over the last year or so since Cejudo announced his intention to return to the Octagon. Now he is claiming that the UFC wants him to take out Sterling.
Sterling has been the champion since his first fight with Petr Yan back in 2021. He was awarded the title after an illegal blow from Yan and the fight was ruled a disqualification. From that moment on it seems as though Sterling was battling the haters. Fans have ridiculed him and although he has defended his title twice since then, he seems to be fighting for respect. He is definitely not getting that from Cejudo.
Henry Cejudo sees Aljamain Sterling as just another “Benjamin”
Cejudo is on a mission to reclaim his lost title. Although winning the belt back is his top priority, he feels the paycheck and the glory of removing Sterling from his throne will be added bonuses. He claims the UFC wants Sterling gone and has brought him on board to do the job. He spoke about this in an interview with ESPN.
“I see a lot of these fighters just as Benjamins, I see Aljamain Sterling, I see a damn Benjamin. I see TJ Dillashaw, see a Benjamin and I’m just I’m here to rob the bank,” he said. “And that’s the reality, that’s how I feel. And that’s what I’m gonna do on May 6, because Aljamain is just not on my level and I love it. As a matter of fact, the UFC actually, they hired me as a hitman to take this dude out. Did the UFC want to really give me a title shot, no, but you got, but Henry, stylistically you’re the best matchup, and we want him out of here.”
Sterling vs. Cejudo will be featured as the main event of UFC 288. This card will be taking place in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on May 6. Over the past few months, Cejudo has been vocal bout his worries that Sterling will not show up for the fight, however, just a week out all things seem to be heading in the right direction and the trash talk is beginning to heat up,