The UFC returns with a pay-per-view this Saturday with a title fight atop the stacked card. The main event bout of UFC 288 will feature a clash between bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling and Henry ‘Triple C‘ Cejudo, who is coming back after a 3-year retirement. Henry has held belts in two weight divisions, while Sterling has defended his title against former champions such as Petr Yan and T.J. Dillashaw.
The co-main event will feature a critical welterweight bout between Gilbert Burns and Belal Muhammad. With a win, both gentlemen look to place themselves next in line for Leon Edwards’ welterweight title. Edwards will fight Colby Covington next. This contest came together on a little more than two weeks’ worth of notice.
A bout between Kron Gracie and Charles Jourdain will kick off the main card, as the former returns to the Octagon after almost 4 years. The card also features Braxton Smith (5-1 MMA record) making his promotional debut against Parker Porter. All 5 of Braxton’s wins have come by way of first-round KOs.
UFC 288: Streaming details
In America, fans can tune in for the main card on ESPN+, ESPN PPV. Whereas the early prelims and prelims will be free to watch through an existing UFC Fight Pass subscription.
The UK fans will be able to catch the prelims on UFC Fight Pass, while, the main card will be available on BT Sport 1 and will also be shown live on the broadcaster’s app.
Aljamain Sterling vs Henry Cejudo: Fight venue and watch time
UFC 288 is scheduled to take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday, May 6.
The Early FIGHT PASS Prelims will start taking place at 6 p.m. ET | 11 p.m. BST. Following will be the preliminary card which will begin at 8 p.m. ET | 1 a.m. BST (Sunday). Fans will witness the first fight opening the main card at 10 p.m. ET | 3 a.m. BST. Finally, Henry Cejudo and the reigning champion Aljamain Sterling will make their walk toward the Octagon at 12 a.m. ET | 5 a.m. BST (approx.)
However, it is worth mentioning that these timings are subject to change, depending on the duration of each of the bouts taking place on the undercards.
Aljamain Sterling (c) vs Henry Cejudo – Bantamweight Championship
Gilbert Burns vs. Belal Muhammad
Jessica Andrade vs. Yan Xiaonan
Movsar Evloev vs. Diego Lopes
Kron Gracie vs. Charles Jourdain
Drew Dober vs. Matt Frevola
Devin Clark vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu
Rolando Bedoya vs. Khaos Williams
Virna Jandiroba vs. Marina Rodriguez
Early preliminary card
Parker Porter vs. Braxton Smith
Ikram Aliskerov vs. Phil Hawes
Rafael Estevam vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
Joseph Holmes vs. Claudio Ribeiro
Johnny Munoz vs. Daniel Santos