Henry Cejudo doesn’t look like offered on his UFC Bantamweight Championship match in opposition to Aljamain Sterling really going down on Could 6.
Cejudo is ready to problem Sterling for the highest prize within the UFC’s male bantamweight division within the main event of UFC 288. The motion will likely be held contained in the Prudential Heart in Newark, New Jersey. Cejudo took to his Twitter account to recommend to the UFC brass that Sterling’s teammate and shut good friend Merab Dvalishvili function a backup opponent in case Sterling pulls out of the battle (h/t MMAFighting).
Pricey @danawhite I need @MerabDvalishvil as a again up. Let me present you what I can do. #andnew pic.twitter.com/PJPjRXfOee
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) March 12, 2023
“Pricey Dana White, I’m over right here watching the No. 2 and three contenders and I’ve bought a sense that [Aljamain] is extra more likely to again out of this battle,” Cejudo mentioned on Twitter. “In order that being mentioned, why don’t you give me Merab? Give me Merab since Sean O’Malley desires to attend. He desires to take his time.
“Why we don’t make Merab the backup at UFC 288. Why don’t we do it that method? That method it’s each of those coaching companions as a result of I’ve a sense Aljamain goes to ultimately again out so I need to be sure.”
Dvalishvili is contemporary off what most are calling essentially the most spectacular efficiency of his professional MMA profession up to now. He turned in a one-sided displaying in opposition to Petr Yan to brush the scorecards 50-45 for the unanimous determination victory.
Whereas Dvalishvili has seemingly cemented himself as the following 135-pound challenger for the winner of Aljamain Sterling vs. Henry Cejudo, there’s a main holdup. Dvalishvili and Sterling have vowed to by no means face one another contained in the Octagon. It’s a path that UFC President Dana White believes will ultimately harm Dvalishvili’s career.
Time will inform if UFC officers will take Cejudo’s suggestion into consideration. Within the meantime, the battle world anticipates a title conflict between the “Funk Grasp” and the person generally known as “Triple C.”