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UFC 288 is scheduled to go down this weekend (Sat., May 6, 2023) from inside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. “The Brick City” is just about 10 miles from New York City proper, which made it a popular destination for UFC events in the many years prior to the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) legalizing MMA in 2016.
The main event is Bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling vs. returning double champ Henry Cejudo. Sterling is a New York local and long time student of the premier New York City MMA squad, the Serra-Longo Fight Team. However, he’s never fought in New York state in all the years since it’s been legalized, and as it turns out, there’s a reason why.
“When I made my UFC debut, February 22, 2014, — I’m a vet man! — at UFC 170, the Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann card, I believe,” Sterling began to explain on The MMA Hour. “I had to get a CAT scan, first time ever getting a CAT scan. They found two spots on my brain, they were like a millimeter or something like that. But, it looked like there was trauma, and they weren’t sure what it was. I forget the exact term, aneurism or angioma or something like that.”
Sterling continued, “In order for me to be cleared, I would’ve had to like go take it out of my head. So, I wasn’t sure if I needed to get like drilled in my head to pull these things out. So they monitored it, they allowed me to fight in Nevada ... a couple years after they realized, nothing was happening. They were like, ‘Okay, you’re safe. You’re not bleeding out, you’re not going to die in the cage.’ Knock on wood!
So things were good, and I was allowed to compete in Nevada and all the other states except New York.”
This is not the first example of the NYSAC playing by its own rule book. They’ve cancelled fights for conditions ranging from chapped lips to fake boobs, making the promotion fairly notorious for inconsistency from a medical perspective. Speaking from my own experience of having brain surgery before fighting professionally again, I was able to fight in California and Florida without issue, but I was told outright that fighting in “The Empire State” would never, ever happen.
Joanderson Brito is seriously explosive, his fights feel like guaranteed fireworks already.
Joanderson Brito will fight Khusein Askhabov at #UFCVegas76 on July 1st. (first rep. @MMAFighting) #UFC #MMA #UFCESPN #UFC2023 pic.twitter.com/cMCsYxxjyC— Marcel Dorff (@BigMarcel24) April 22, 2023
Another great fight booked, but would anyone else like to see Joel Alvarez at Welterweight?
Joel Alvarez will take on Marc Diakiese at #UFCLondon on July 22nd.— MMA Orbit (@mma_orbit) April 30, 2023
[per @KOlmeneroMMA]#UFCLondon #UFC #MMA pic.twitter.com/m1swxh8yYK
Bella Mir is going to be one hell of a UFC fighter someday.
Bella Mir at the US Open pic.twitter.com/rbz5cwIsre— MMA Mania (@mmamania) April 29, 2023
This is a fun ad featuring Kevin Holland and Stephen Thompson. I look forward to watching it ad nauseam on UFC broadcasts until I absolutely despite it.
WONDERBOY AND KEVIN HOLLAND AD TOGETHER pic.twitter.com/M9jjUw0FnN— Sabatello and Poirier Stan (@SabatelloStan) April 30, 2023
I have nothing to add here, this is an awesome picture.
Gervonta Davis (2023)— Fight Pictures That Go Hard (@fightpicsgohard) May 1, 2023
Fabricio Werdum appears to be on the Alistair Overeem workout program.
Uber Werdum pic.twitter.com/3gdgDXOdKT— HELLO JAPAN (@HelloJapan01) April 28, 2023
Song Yadong ripping the body with punches and snap kicks was great to see, as well as his heavy calf kicks.
His body kicks were great, and particularly his front kicks, but unfortunately they few and far between. pic.twitter.com/4kbUZL44gH— Miguel Class (@MigClass) May 1, 2023
Slips, rips, and KO clips
For anyone else confused, this is in fact the same 46-year-old Marlon Sandro of Bellator and Sengoku fame!
Front kick off the break by Marlon Sandro. Damnnnnnn #ShootoBrazil117 pic.twitter.com/AWso92kLRu— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 29, 2023
Another OG picking up a vicious knockout win:
The ageless wonder Vener Galiev cracks Levan Makashvili with a right hand, potentially breaking his orbital and forcing the stoppage. The 2nd straight win for the 47-year-old. #ACA156 pic.twitter.com/U7DKadOphp— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 28, 2023
This man surely has gnarly mat burn after getting his face dragged continuously in a circle, and he was choked unconscious. Rough!
The first Bulldog choke in Cage Warriors history.— UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) April 29, 2023
The most groovy Bulldog choke in MMA history.#CW153 pic.twitter.com/PyRneapord
Confirmed: sprawling and front head lock works on animals.
Buenos reflejos #persona #vs #dog #respect #ataque #momento #extremo ¿Lo mordió?♬ The Search NF - Pato002
Midnight Music: Nobody told me beloved author William S. Burroughs of Naked Lunch fame has an experimental album of spoken word stories overtop funky No Wave instrumentals. Why didn’t anyone tell me?
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.