- Opening UFC 288 odds are live and Aljamain Sterling is -120 against Henry Cejudo +100.
- Henry Cejudo’s first fight since May 2020 and is jumping straight back into the title picture.
- We give an early betting prediction & prop bets for Sterling vs Cejudo at UFC 288.
UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling will return to action to take on the former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo. Can “Triple C” defy the odds after a long layoff and defeat Aljo?
Sterling vs. Cejudo will headline UFC 288 on May 6 from inside Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. We review the latest Sterling vs Cejudo odds with a betting pick to follow.
Sterling vs Cejudo Odds
DraftKings Sportsbook has Aljamain Sterling as a -120 favorite against Henry Cejudo at +100. Giving “Triple C” plus money odds with the betting line is expected to sway in the favor of the former two-division champion. As always with Aljamain Sterling, online sportsbooks have the odds close. Bet $120, net $100 on “The Funkmaster”
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Sterling vs Cejudo Betting Props
- Sterling by KO/TKO: +1050
- Sterling by Submission: +430
- Sterling by Decision: +225
- Cejudo by KO/TKO: +360
- Cejudo by Submission: +1500
- Cejudo by Decision: +205
Cejudo by Decision has the highest implied probability at 32.79%, followed by Sterling by Decision at 30.77%, Cejudo by KO/TKO at 21.74%, Sterling by Submission at 18.87%, Cejudo by Submission at 6.25%, and Sterling by KO/TKO at 8.70%.
However, past wins from each fighter should also be taken into consideration when placing bets. Sterling has a record of 20 wins and 3 losses, with 1 win by KO/TKO, 10 wins by submission, and 9 wins by decision. Cejudo has a record of 16 wins and 2 losses, with 7 wins by KO/TKO, 1 win by submission, and 8 wins by decision.
Based on this information, Sterling by Submission or Sterling by Decision could be the best bets, as he has won more fights by submission and decision than Cejudo.
UFC 288 will make the UFC’s first time back in New Jersey since 2019, when Colby Covington and Robbie Lawler on an Aug. 20 event.
Aljamain Sterling vs Henry Cejudo Prediction
After his second-round TKO win over former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 280, Sterling, who is 33 years old, successfully defended his title.
However, Dillashaw sustained an injury during the fight, and many are expecting Sterling to deliver an unquestionable title defense in his next outing. Nevertheless, this could be challenging as “Funk Master” is scheduled to face Cejudo, who is making his return to the Octagon for the first time since May 2020.
After announcing his retirement from the sport, Cejudo, who is now 36 years old, has been out of action for almost three years. The last time he fought was at UFC 249, where he secured a TKO finish over Dominick Cruz to defend his UFC bantamweight title. Since then, Cejudo has been focusing on running his Fight Ready gym and training some of the biggest names in the sport, including Jon Jones.
Despite his time away from the Octagon, Cejudo has remained dedicated to training and has been vocal about his desire to return to the cage. Now, his wish is set to come true, as he prepares to step back into a title fight just two months from now.
Many are curious to see if Cejudo still has what it takes to compete at the highest level of the sport after such a long layoff. But, given his impressive track record and his continued involvement in the sport through training, there are those who believe he still has what it takes to be a top fighter.
Regardless of the outcome, Cejudo’s return to the Octagon is sure to be a highly anticipated event in the world of mixed martial arts, and fans are eagerly awaiting the chance to see “Triple C” back in action.
Sterling has improved his fighting style with more experience in championship-level fights. He has the movement and striking that could cause Cejudo some problems, especially if Cejudo has slowed down with the lengthy layoff.
Overall, the fight could go either way as the opening odds suggest, my early betting pick is for a motivated and hungry Henry Cejudo to return in style and aim to stop Sterling before the third round.
Betting Pick: Henry Cejudo by TKO/KO.
UFC 288 Card
- Aljamain Sterling vs. Henry Cejudo
- Charles Oliveira vs. Beneil Dariush
- Bryce Mitchell vs. Jonathan Pearce
- Jessica Andrade vs. Yan Xiaonan
- Kron Gracie vs. Charles Jourdain
- Marina Rodriguez vs. Virna Jandiroba
- Devin Clark vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu
- Andre Petroski vs. Armen Petrosyan
- Nate Maness vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
- Khaos Williams vs. Rolando Bedoya
- Johnny Muñoz Jr. vs. Daniel Santos
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