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Sean O’Malley thinks Henry Cejudo beat Aljamain Sterling at UFC 288

"Sugar" believes Henry Cejudo won the controversial decision in UFC 288’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event.

Bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling, spoiled Cejudo's return to active competition via razor-thin split decision last night (Sat., May 6, 2023) at UFC 288 from inside Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. After the 135-pound bout, Sterling faced off with his next opponent, Sean O'Malley, in the cage to give fight fans a tease of what's to come (watch); however, “Suga” didn't think Sterling defended his title against Cejudo.

“I thought Henry won three to two [rounds], maybe four to one [rounds],” O’Malley told UFC reporter Megan Olivi backstage after the main event. “I was actually pretty surprised they gave it to Aljo. But, Henry just lucked out because I was going to put his lights out for good. He got lucky.”

Sterling and O'Malley will fight for the Bantamweight title next; however, there is no timetable for the fight at this moment.

"Sugar" hasn't been in action since he defeated Petr Yan at UFC 280 in Oct. 2021 and has been patiently waiting for his first title shot. His future opponent, Sterling, is currently on a nine-fight win streak and became the winningest UFC Bantamweight champion by defending his title three times.

For complete UFC 288 results, coverage and highlights click HERE.

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