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Who won Sterling vs Cejudo?
Aljamain Sterling beat Henry Cejudo by split decision in their 5 round contest during the main event of UFC 288, on Saturday 6th May 2023 at Prudential Center in Newark.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Aljamain Sterling.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
This contest was for the UFC bantamweight championship.
Sterling vs Cejudo stats
Aljamain Sterling stepped into the octagon with a record of 22 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, 3 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 8 by submission.
Henry Cejudo made his way to the cage with a record of 16 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 8 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Cejudo had a massive power advantage over Sterling, boosting at 50% knock out percentage over Sterling's 14%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Sterling had a massive advantage over Cejudo, boasting at 36% submission rate over Cejudo's 0%.
Aljamain Sterling was the younger man by 2 years, at 34 years old.
Sterling had a height advantage of 3 inches over Cejudo. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Sterling was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 7 more fights, and made his debut in 2011, 12 year and 4 months later than Cejudo, whose first professional fight was in . He had fought 26 more professional rounds, 73 to Cejudo's 47.
Sterling vs Cejudo form
Sterling had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 4 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 280 on 22nd October 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Previous to that, he had defeated Petr Yan at UFC 273 on 9th April 2022 by split decision in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, United States.
Going into that contest, he had beat Petr Yan at UFC 259 on 6th March 2021 by split decision in the 4th round in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had won against Cory Sandhagen at UFC 250 on 6th June 2020 by split decision in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had beat Brett Johns at UFC Fight Night 128 on 21st April 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City.
Cejudo had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 on 9th May 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Marlon Moraes at UFC 238 on 8th June 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at United Center, Chicago.
Going into that contest, he had won against T.J. Dillashaw at UFC on ESPN+ 1 on 19th January 2019 by knockout in the 1st round in their UFC Flyweight championship fight at Barclays Center, Brooklyn.
Before that, he had defeated Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227 on 4th August 2018 by split decision in their UFC Flyweight championship fight at Staples Center, Los Angeles.
He had beat Sergio Pettis at UFC 218 on 2nd December 2017 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Aljamain Sterling had been fighting more than Henry Cejudo.
Going to this contest, Aljamain Sterling had last fought 10 months and 30 days ago, while Henry Cejudo's last outing had been 3 years, 4 months and 12 days ago.
Sterling's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years and 5 months, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year and 30 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
Cejudo's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 9 months and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 1 month and 27 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Sterling vs Cejudo?
Aljamain Sterling was a 1/1 (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Henry Cejudo made his way into the ring at 83/100 (-120) with oddsmakers.