Aljamain Sterling challenges Demetrious Johnson to a bantamweight showdown after his return to the Octagon at UFC 292. Will Johnson accept the offer for a revenge match against Henry Cejudo?
Ahead of his highly anticipated return to the Octagon at UFC 292 in Boston, Massachusetts, Aljamain Sterling has surprised fans with an unexpected offer. The current undisputed bantamweight champion is willing to welcome Demetrious Johnson, the reigning ONE Championship kingpin, back to the promotion for a potential revenge match against Henry Cejudo.
Sterling is set to headline UFC 292 at the TD Garden, where he will face off against title chaser Sean O’Malley in a main event championship bout. Meanwhile, Johnson, the former UFC flyweight champion, currently holds the ONE Championship flyweight title. He recently secured a trilogy rubber match win over his Brazilian rival, Adriano Moraes, in a closely contested decision victory.
Despite contemplating retirement from combat sports, Johnson has expressed uncertainty about his future in mixed martial arts. However, Sterling has made it clear that he is open to facing Johnson if he wants to challenge for the bantamweight spoils.
During a Q&A session before UFC 292, Sterling stated, ‘He’s (Demetrious Johnson) too little, man. ‘Mighty Mouse’ is great, but he’s too little. There’s a reason he lost to Dominick Cruz—it wasn’t a skill deficiency, it’s size.’
Sterling continued, ‘He’s skilled, but I think father time has passed him a little bit. If he wants this work and wants to seek revenge for Henry (Cejudo), I can beat your boy, too. So, ‘Mighty Mouse’, where you at?’
Johnson, who holds the record for the most consecutive successful title defenses in the Octagon with 11 straight championship victories, suffered a close decision loss to Cejudo in their rematch in 2018.
|Aljamain Sterling vs. Sean O’Malley|
- Aljamain Sterling offers Demetrious Johnson a revenge match
- Sterling is the current undisputed bantamweight champion
- Johnson holds the ONE Championship flyweight title
- Sterling challenges Johnson to prove himself in the bantamweight division
- Johnson lost to Henry Cejudo in a close decision rematch
- Aljamain Sterling
- Demetrious Johnson
- Henry Cejudo
- UFC 292
- Bantamweight division
- Demetrious Johnson