Morning Report: Henry Cejudo: Aljamain Sterling is ‘afraid of fighting a competitor like me’


Henry Cejudo suddenly appears closer than ever to the title shot he’s been asking for since announcing his comeback.

UFC 280 has come and gone, but what has remained the same is Aljamain Sterling as the UFC bantamweight titleholder. Sterling defeated T.J. Dillashaw in a second round TKO using ground-and-pound strikes. He successfully defended his throne the second time.

Before the fight was even completed, there were many speculations about who Sterling might face next. Along with Dillashaw’s name in the mix was former champion Henry Cejudo who revealed he’d be returning to action later in the year. While that has yet to happen, Cejudo has re-entered the USADA testing pool and is all good to officially come back, it’s just a matter of getting a fight.

“Triple C” has been vocal about his dream of capturing a third UFC title at featherweight, but with the champion Alexander Volkanovski seemingly set to challenge for lightweight gold, Cejudo is now back to targeting his old bantamweight strap.

“It shouldn’t be me honestly,” Cejudo stated on his YouTube Channel about Sterling’s next opponent. “If Sean [O’Malley] had beat this guy (Petr Yan), I’m sure I would have lost my title shot.

“If Aljamain really does want to fight me, let’s go, dude. Personally, I think that he is afraid of me. He’s scared of me, I believe. My opinion is that I am too skilled. He thinks I’m too great for me, so I don’t consider his wrestling a threat .”

Also at UFC 280 this past weekend, the “Sugar Show” delivered, proving many a doubter wrong whether or not he rightfully deserved his split decision nod over the former champion Yan. UFC President Dana White mentioned that Sterling’s winner would be next. O’Malley’s win propels him to the top on the list.

White immediately addressed media after the event and mentioned Cejudo’s identity as an option. Therefore, creating even more intrigue in an already loaded 135-pound weight class.

“Dana White believes this man (O’Malley), won, and he’s going to get the next title shot,” Cejudo stated. “So, with that being said, I’m sitting here licking my fingers because I see a lot of opportunities for myself. “I am the greatest in the world, and I will continue to be so. Those are my two cents.”

Cejudo isn’t worried about Sterling, who is also one of the most highly-credentialed grapplers MMA has seen. Against Dillashaw, Sterling did what he does best, imposing his will on the former two-time champion and dominating him on the ground in all areas.

Unfortunately, Sterling is losing credit to his community because Dillashaw was aware that he had a serious shoulder injury and went into the fight with it. Cejudo believes the win was valid, while also feeling that there is still much to be desired of the champion.

” “It wasn’t really a struggle,” Cejudo stated. “T.J.’s shoulder kept going out, Aljamain got the job done, but I’m still not impressed with this guy. You can hate me, or what you want.

“He beat T.J. but T.J. had his shoulder pulled out, and he was still unable to win. I believe the biggest problem was Aljamain’s inability to see that this guy suffered a shoulder injury. You have to see things as they are. He didn’t even see it. He literally gets tired. It took him that long to beat a dude up that has a dislocated shoulder. He got the job done, he got the stoppage, he got the TKO, but was T.J. healthy? It’s not realistic to say that.”


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Stylistically, Cejudo is an infinitely more intriguing matchup for Sterling than O’Malley. O’Malley’s victory was not as easy as it should have been. There are a couple of different directions bantamweight can go, but I think I like Sterling vs. Cejudo and O’Malley vs. Marlon Vera 2 the best.

If we are being completely honest, these two options would be the best if the UFC was looking at the UFC from both a business perspective and a story perspective.

Thank you for reading!


Last Week’s Results:

Friday: 62% of 546 total votes answered “Dominick Reyes” when asked, “Who did you score the first fight for?” Jon Jones defeated Reyes via unanimous decision in UFC 247’s main event in Feb. 2020.

Thursday: 54% of 509 total votes answered “Aljamain Sterling” when asked, “Who wins?” Sterling defeated T.J. Dillashaw via second-round TKO in UFC 280’s co-main event.

Wednesday: 68% of 654 total votes answered “Charles Oliveira” when asked, “Who wins this weekend?” Islam Makhachev defeated Oliveira via second-round submission (arm triangle) in UFC 280’s main event.

Tuesday: 55% of 505 total votes answered “No” when asked, “Is Deontay Wilder the most impressive knockout artist in boxing history?”

Monday: 57% of 664 total votes answered “Yes” when asked, “If Charles Oliveira wins at UFC 280, is he the lightweight GOAT?”

Today’s exit poll:

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