With Henry Cejudo’s win at UFC 238 over Marlon Moraes, he became a champ-champ in his own right. Now, the expectation is that Aljamain Sterling will be the first one to get the title shot against Cejudo, and he is rather confident in his skills for that bout.
“I think I possess all the talent in the world to compete with Henry,” Sterling said on The MMA Hour. “Henry is a tough dude, man. I think he is the pound-for-pound greatest combat athlete today. No one has done what he’s been able to accomplish. But, I will say this, when I beat him ‘Henry Cedoodo,’ what does that make me? The pound-for-pound king. So that’s what I’m looking to get for my next title. So go out there, beat up Henry and I think I’ll be able to take that title.
“I’m too long, I’m too rangy, I can box, I can kick, I can wrestle, I can do jiu-jitsu. So where does he win? I like my chances in that one.”
However, the question of what belt Cejudo will defend first is up in the air. But, Aljamain Sterling believes he deserves the shot and thinks Cejudo will defend the bantamweight title first.
“For some reason I always thought he’d have to defend his 135 title because he wouldn’t have to cut so much weight,” Sterling said. “But right now, I don’t there’s a clear number contender at 125. Maybe Joseph Benavidez? They fought already and he has a win over Henry. Maybe Jussier Formiga? But those guys are fighting each other. So, depending on the results of that, it’s going to be diced on what’s the more intriguing matchup. Hopefully it’s me. Hopefully they have a boring fight. That’s what I’m hoping for. I’m hoping I did enough to impress the UFC brass.”