Rob Font has re-entered the bantamweight title picture following his recent knockout victory over Adrian Yanez. Looking ahead to the division’s next title fight between Aljamain Sterling and Henry Cejudo on May 6, Font recognises the challenge that awaits the reigning champ.
Font expressed his excitement for the upcoming fight and the unpredictability of the lead-up. However, he acknowledges Cejudo’s impressive career with Olympic medals and two belts to his name, making it difficult to bet against him.
Font notes the champ’s recent success and Sterling’s advantageous attributes as a bigger and longer fighter with a wrestling background. Sterling has been on a winning streak for the past five years, winning eight consecutive fights, including two successful title defences against Petr Yan and TJ Dillashaw.
Sterling is also the only fighter in MMA to finish leading contender Cory Sandhagen. Nevertheless, Cejudo presents a formidable challenge with a standout career, holding belts at both flyweight and bantamweight prior to retirement. He boasts an impressive six-fight win streak over high-profile names such as Demetrious Johnson, Dillashaw, Dominick Cruz, and current Bellator champion Sergio Pettis.
Many experts have predicted that Cejudo will defeat Sterling at UFC 288 and resume his dominant reign, but Font is unsure. While his money is on Cejudo, he would like to see the reigning champ continue to defend his belt against him. Ultimately, Font predicts Sterling will come out on top.
In summary, Font acknowledges Cejudo’s impressive record but recognises the champ’s recent success and Sterling’s advantageous physical attributes and wrestling background. He is excited about the upcoming fight and recognises the unpredictability of the lead-up but ultimately predicts Sterling will be victorious.