Henry Cejudo has made his intentions clear: “The King of Cringe” is making a comeback. The former two-division champion stepped onto the weigh-in scales first for UFC 288 and made the championship weight of 135 pounds. This marks his first weigh-in appearance in nearly three years since his fight in May 2020 against Dominick Cruz. Cejudo announced his retirement after that fight.
Cejudo’s opponent, the current bantamweight titleholder, Aljamain Sterling, stepped onto the scales shortly after Cejudo and weighed in a pound under the limit at 134 pounds. The co-main event features welterweight contenders, Belal Muhammad and Gilbert Burns, who both weighed in without issues, stepping onto the scales at 170 and 171 pounds respectively. However, one fighter missed weight, causing one bout to be cancelled and one to proceed as a catchweight.
Middleweight Joseph Holmes weighed in at 189 pounds, three pounds over the allowed limit, resulting in a forfeit of 20 percent of his purse. The highly anticipated UFC 288 will take place live at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and will see the former two-division champion, Henry Cejudo, make his comeback against the current bantamweight titleholder, Aljamain Sterling, in the main event.
The welterweight co-main event will feature Belal Muhammad and Gilbert Burns. The undercard also boasts an exciting lineup. Unfortunately, the event encountered weight management issues, with one fighter, Rafael Estevam, being pulled from the bout against Zhalgas Zhumagulov. Joseph Holmes also missed the weight limit, at 189 pounds, causing his bout with Claudio Ribeiro to proceed as a catchweight and him to forfeit 20 percent of his purse.
Overall, everyone is excited to see Henry Cejudo back in action, and the crowd is in for an action-packed night full of various weight classes.