The opening odds for UFC 288 will be available soon, and Aljamain Sterling is favored by -120 to win against Henry Cejudo, who is favored by +100. This will be Henry Cejudo’s first fight since May of 2020, and he is immediately moving back into contention for the belt.

An early betting prediction is provided for the UFC 288 bout between Cejudo and Sterling.

Aljamain Sterling, the current champion of the UFC bantamweight division, will make his return to the Octagon to defend his title against Henry Cejudo, a past champion of two different UFC weight classes. After such a lengthy break, does “Triple C” still have what it takes to beat Aljo?

The main event of UFC 288, which will take place on May 6 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, will be Sterling vs. Cejudo. We take a look at the most recent odds for the Sterling vs. Cejudo fight, then provide our betting pick.

Sterling vs Cejudo UFC 288 Odds

Fighter Odds
Aljamain Sterling -120
Henry Cejudo +100

*UFC 288 Odds subject to change

The sportsbook has Aljamain Sterling listed as a -120 favorite to win against Henry Cejudo, who is listed as a +100 underdog. It is anticipated that the “Triple C” plus money odds included in the betting line will tilt the scales in favor of the boxer who previously won two other divisions. The odds at online sportsbooks are relatively even once again with regard to Aljamain Sterling. Bet $120, net $100 on “The Funkmaster”

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Aljamain Sterling vs Henry Cejudo Prediction

Sterling, who is 33 years old, successfully defended his championship at UFC 280 after he won via technical knockout in the second round against T.J. Dillashaw, a former champion of the UFC bantamweight division.

However, Dillashaw suffered an injury as the battle was going on, and many people are anticipating that Sterling will deliver an unambiguous championship defense in his subsequent bout. However, this could prove to be difficult given that “Funk Master” is slated to face Cejudo, who will be competing in the Octagon for the first time since May of 2020.

Cejudo, who is now 36 years old and has announced his retirement from the sport, has not competed in hardly any matches since he made the announcement nearly three years ago. His most recent bout took place at UFC 249. There, he successfully defended his UFC bantamweight title with a first-round technical knockout victory over Dominick Cruz. Since then, Cejudo has placed the majority of his attention on the management of his Fight Ready facility and on providing instruction to some of the most well-known athletes in the sport, including Jon Jones.

In spite of the fact that he has been away from the cage for some time, Cejudo has maintained his commitment to training and has been quite vocal about his desire to compete again. Now, just two months from now, his wish is about to come true as he prepares to walk back into a title fight.

After such a lengthy absence from competition, a lot of people are wondering whether or not Cejudo still has what it takes to compete at the highest level of the sport. Some people believe that he still has what it takes to be a top fighter despite the fact that he does not now compete professionally but has an amazing track record and is actively involved in the sport by training.

Cejudo’s return to the Octagon is sure to be a highly anticipated event in the world of mixed martial arts, and fans are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to see “Triple C” back in action. Regardless of the outcome of the fight, fans are looking forward to seeing Cejudo compete again.

As he has gained more experience competing at championship levels, Sterling’s fighting style has evolved to become more effective. He has the movement and striking that might cause Cejudo some problems, particularly if Cejudo has slowed down as a result of the lengthy break from competition.

The beginning odds imply that the fight might go any way, but my early betting pick is for a motivated and hungry Henry Cejudo to return in style and seek to stop Sterling before the third round. Although the fight could go either way, the opening odds suggest that it could.

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