In the co-main event of UFC 280, Aljamain Sterling defeated a crippled T.J. Dillashaw via submission in the second round. Following his victory, Henry Cejudo, who has long been campaigning for a title opportunity, reaffirmed his desires.
Even though Sean O'Malley defeated Petr Yan on the same card in what was described as the number one contender match, Dana White unexpectedly selected Henry Cejudo for the next title opportunity. Since becoming a potential candidate for the next title defense for the Funkmaster, 'Triple C' has now attacked Sterling once more, calling into question all of his championship victories, and hyping up the potential matchup which has not been announced yet by the promotion.
At UFC 259, Sterling defeated Petr Yan via a technical knockout to win the title. At UFC 273, "Funk Master" successfully defended his title with a hard-fought battle by split decision. Cejudo said that Sterling's first triumph stemmed from his acting prowess and that he was given a decision in the rematch. "Triple C" disregarded Sterling's most recent victory over Dillashaw as a hate crime committed against a combatant with a disability.
Cejudo’s bitter rival, Demetrious Johnson recently appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast (JRE). During the podcast, Henry Cejudo recently received a game plan from Demetrious Johnson for a possible matchup with Aljamain Sterling. Johnson advises Cejudo to throw the ball up the center to take advantage of Sterling's stand-up, which Johnson claims is still lacking in rhythm.
"What he [Cejudo] needs to do is just go out there, control the distance, throw body kicks. Well, he probably f***ing won't, cause he doesn't like getting taken down. But throw things up the middle, because Aljo, the thing is, backpack, big, he's coming on his own but his stand up is not rhythm. He has no rhythm on his feet."
Johnson went on to give a display after being prompted to go into more detail about what he meant by rhythm. In conclusion, 'Mighty Mouse' stated that Henry Cejudo's striking appears to be dancing on his feet, in contrast to Sterling's striking, which has not yet reached the flow condition.
"It's not flow, it's not smooth like a kickboxer. So it's kind of unorthodox. You watch Henry, Henry's moving like he's dancing a little bit."