UFC 'target Henry Cejudo vs Aljamain Sterling' for card in Australia

UFC ‘target Henry Cejudo vs Aljamain Sterling’ for huge card in Australia next February’, as former two-weight champion aims to recapture old belt on comeback

  • Aljamain Sterling beat an injured TJ Dillashaw in the co-main event of UFC 280 
  • Bantamweight champion is now waiting to find out who next challenger is 
  • Henry Cejudo could come back and attempt to win his former belt  

A huge bantamweight title fight between Aljamain Sterling and Henry Cejudo is being targeted for UFC 284 in Australia. 

Sterling beat an injured TJ Dillashaw in Abu Dhabi at the weekend and is waiting to find out who his next challenger might be. 

Cejudo, who has been retired since May 2020, has not fought for two years but is in the USADA testing pool and ready to come back. 

TJ Dillashaw (bottom) was injured and beaten by Aljamain Sterling at UFC 280

Henry Cejudo is back in the USADA testing pool with grand ambitions to make history

According to Ariel Helwani, the UFC are hoping to make a huge bantamweight clash between the former two-weight champion and Sterling. 

The card in Australia will take place on February 12 next year and could feature Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski.

Cejudo had talked up a comeback to go for a belt in a third different weight class against Volkanovski but featherweight is now on hold given the Australian’s own ambitions. 

So a return to bantamweight is entirely plausible, although there will be other competitors who resent Cejudo jumping straight in with an opportunity at gold. 

Sterling craves a title defence with some more credibility than his previous two. 

Dillashaw had a severe shoulder issue and it popped out at UFC 280, meaning the result was a foregone conclusion. 

And the split decision over Petr Yan the fight before was not exactly clear cut. 

Sterling will be desperate for a clean, statement win and one over Cejudo would certainly enhance his reputation. 

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