Reigning UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling is planning to make his next 135-pound title defense against former division kingpin Henry Cejudo at one of the promotion’s upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) events in March, according to a recent social media post from the rehabbing “Funk Master.”
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Sterling, 33, opened as the odds-on betting favorite at -150 (2/3) against +120 (6/5) for the underdog Cejudo, according to BetOnline.ag, and over the last few weeks that line has tightened to -120 (5/6) for Sterling and +100 (1/1) for Cejudo. Those odds may continue to fluctuate if and when the promotion makes their bout official.
This fellow contender may have something to say about that.
The streaking Sterling (22-3) has now captured eight straight wins, which includes consecutive title defenses against former champions Petr Yan and TJ Dillashaw. The 35 year-old Cejudo (16-2), who also held gold at 125 pounds, has not competed since briefly retiring from MMA back in early 2020 and recently reentered the USADA testing pool.
Hopefully we can get official word — one way or the other — in the coming weeks.