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Aljamain Sterling is ready for a homecoming fight close to his neighborhood on May 6. The Long Island-born Sterling defends the UFC bantamweight title against Henry Cejudo inside the Prudential Center in New Jersey at UFC 288. The bout will air on ESPN+ PPV in the U.S.

Sterling joined the UFC in 2014 and is 14-3 with the promotion. Beating Petr Yan via DQ in 2021 to win the UFC bantamweight title, he also defeated Yan in a rematch to secure his status as champion. “Funk Master’s” last fight was a TKO win against an injured T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 280 in October. 

If he can beat Cejudo, Sterling believes that he might be the greatest bantamweight in MMA history.

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“I think if I stop Henry Cejudo or even just beat him, I think I’m in that conversation,” Sterling told Inside Fighting via Middle Easy.

Cejudo, an Olympic gold medalist, defeated Demetrious Johnson in 2018 for the UFC flyweight title and Marlon Moraes in 2019 for the UFC bantamweight title. He retired in May 2020 after beating Dominick Cruz. This will be his first bout in three years. 

Here’s all you need to know about UFC 288, from time, channel, and card. 

What time is UFC 288: Aljamain Sterling vs. Henry Cejudo today?

  • Date: Saturday, May 6 | Sunday, May 7
  • FIGHT PASS Prelims: 6 p.m. ET | 10 p.m. ET GMT | 9 a.m. AEDT
  • Prelims: 8 p.m. ET | 12 a.m. GMT | 11 a.m. AEDT
  • Main card: 10 p.m. ET | 2 a.m. GMT | 1 p.m. AEDT 
  • Main event: 12:15 a.m. ET | 4:15 a.m. GMT | 3:15 p.m. AEDT (approx.)

UFC 288 takes place on May 6. The early prelims start at 6 p.m. ET | 10 p.m. ET GMT | 9 a.m. AEDT, followed by the prelims at 8 p.m. ET | 12 a.m. GMT | 11 a.m. AEDT. The UFC 288 main card will begin at 10 p.m. ET | 2 a.m. GMT | 1 p.m. AEDT. 

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Sterling and Cejudo should make their way to the octagon around 12:15 a.m. ET | 4:15 a.m. GMT | 3:15 p.m. AEDT, depending on how long the undercard fights last. 

How to watch UFC 288: Aljamain Sterling vs. Henry Cejudo

Country Date Channel + Live Stream (main card)
United States Sat. May 6 ESPN+, ESPN PPV
Canada Sat. May 6 BELL, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel,  Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass
United Kingdom Sun. May 7 BT Sport
Australia Sun. May 7 Main Event, Kayo Sports, Fetch TV, UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass

The main card for UFC 288 is available in the U.S. and Mexico on the ESPN+ subscription streaming service for a pay-per-view cost. Earlier fights are viewable live on ESPN+. 

In Canada, the main card pay-per-view is available on BELL, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass

In the United Kingdom, the main card will be available on BT Sport, with the prelims available on UFC Fight Pass. 

In Australia, the main card will be on Main Event, Kayo Sports, Fetch TV, and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.

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Aljamain Sterling vs. Henry Cejudo PPV price: How much does UFC 288 cost? 

  • $79.99 (current ESPN+ subscribers)
  • $124.98 (new subscribers)

In the U.S., the UFC 288 main card is available via pay-per-view on ESPN+, which also requires a subscription. The PPV price for UFC 288 is $79.99 for current subscribers. New subscribers can pay a bundle price of $124.98 for the UFC 288 pay-per-view and an ESPN+ annual subscription, which offers savings of more than 30 percent.

MORE: Sign up to watch the UFC 288 PPV, exclusively on ESPN+

Product Prices
ESPN+ Monthly Subscription $9.99/month
ESPN+ Annual Subscription $99.99/year
The Disney Bundle w/Hulu Ad-Supported $12.99/month
The Disney Bundle w/Hulu No-Ads $19.99/month
UFC PPV Standalone $79.99 each
UFC PPV Package (UFC PPV & ESPN+ Annual) $124.98, then $99.99/year
UFC PPV & The Disney Bundle

$79.99, then $12.99/month

Click here to learn about the different pricing and bundling options with the ESPN+ platform.

UFC 288 fight card

Main card

  • Aljamain Sterling (c) vs. Henry Cejudo for the UFC bantamweight title
  • Belal Muhammad vs. Gilbert Burns; Welterweights
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Yan Xiaonan; Strawweights
  • Diego Lopes vs. Movsar Evloev; Featherweights
  • Kron Gracie vs. Charles Jourdain; Featherweights

Prelims

  • Drew Dober vs. Matt Frevola; Lightweights
  • Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Devin Clark; Light Heavyweights
  • Khaos Williams vs. Rolando Bedoya; Welterweights
  • Marina Rodriguez vs. Virna Jandiroba; Strawweights

FIGHT PASS Prelims

  • Braxton Smith vs. Parker Porter; Heavyweights
  • Phil Hawes vs. Ikram Aliskerov; Middleweights
  • Joseph Holmes vs. Claudio Ribiero; Middleweights

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