Has Henry Cejudo reclaimed his top 5 bantamweight ranking after a close defeat in UFC 288?

Aljamain Sterling has continued to hold his position as the champion of the bantamweight division in the UFC. However, after the outcome of UFC 288, everyone is questioning where Henry Cejudo stands now.

The former two-division titleholder lost a very close split decision on his return to MMA after a break of three years. He was able to come close to grabbing the title from Sterling, but only one scorecard showed victory.

Consequently, Cejudo’s plans of winning the championship in three divisions has been paused for the time being. He refrained from making any commitments about his future plans after the fight. Despite this, he is now back in the bantamweight division. It is important to ask, where does he fall in the present 135-pound hierarchy?

Finally, Cejudo was placed at No. 6, right behind Merab Dvalishvili, Cory Sandhagen, Sean O’Malley, Petr Yan, and the champion Aljamain Sterling. He was ranked above Bellator’s Patchy Mix, the acclaimed bantamweight. However, is this appraisal of Cejudo’s position in the bantamweight division correct? Should he be placed higher or lower in the rankings?


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