Results of UFC 288 on September 28, 2023, at Prudential Center in Newark

Prepare yourselves for an electrifying evening at the prestigious Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, as UFC 288 unfolds its epic saga within the confines of the octagon. Anticipation reaches a fever pitch as fans gear up to witness a spectacle that promises unparalleled excitement, drama, and unforgettable moments.

Main Event: Sterling vs. Cejudo – A Showdown for the Ages

In the highly anticipated main event, the bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling (22-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC), squares off against the former two-division champion, Henry Cejudo (16-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC). Cejudo, making a spectacular return to the octagon after nearly three years of retirement, sets the stage for a battle that will go down in history as one of the greatest clashes ever witnessed in UFC.

Co-Feature Bout: Burns vs. Muhammad – Pivotal Welterweight Showdown

The co-feature bout showcases the incredible talents of Gilbert Burns (22-5 MMA, 15-5 UFC), who steps into the cage for the third time in 2023, facing off against the formidable Belal Muhammad (22-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) in a pivotal welterweight contest. This match guarantees to keep fans on the edge of their seats, delivering intense action and skillful maneuvers.

Live Round-by-Round Updates and Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Coverage

Join us for live round-by-round updates and official results, commencing at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET for the early prelims on ESPN+, followed by the gripping prelims on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET. The culmination of the night’s events will be the main card, broadcast exclusively on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.

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An Evening of Exhilarating Fights Awaits: UFC 288

Get ready for an unforgettable evening filled with exhilarating fights, unmatched skill, and breathtaking moments. UFC 288 promises to deliver an experience that transcends the ordinary, leaving fight fans in awe. Brace yourselves for a night that will be etched in the annals of MMA history. Enjoy the show, fight fans!

Claudio Ribeiro vs. Joseph Holmes

The opening bout saw Claudio Ribeiro and Joseph Holmes engage in a grueling battle for control. Ribeiro’s precise strikes and ground control ultimately led to a TKO victory in the second round, showcasing his resilience and technique.

Ikram Aliskerov vs. Phil Hawes

Ikram Aliskerov stunned the audience with a devastating right hand that ended Phil Hawes’ night in the first round. The KO victory showcased Aliskerov’s striking prowess and left a lasting impression on fight fans.

Parker Porter vs. Braxton Smith

Parker Porter demonstrated his ground-and-pound expertise, overpowering Braxton Smith in the opening round. Smith’s inability to escape Porter’s mount position led to a TKO victory, highlighting Porter’s relentless determination and skill on the ground.

Virna Jandiroba vs. Marina Rodrigue

Virna Jandiroba’s strategic ground game was on full display as she controlled Marina Rodriguez throughout the bout. Jandiroba’s takedowns and ground control earned her a unanimous decision victory, showcasing her mastery of grappling techniques.

Khaos Williams vs. Rolando Bedoya

In a highly competitive striking battle, Khaos Williams and Rolando Bedoya exchanged heavy shots throughout all three rounds. Williams’ powerful strikes and defensive skills earned him a hard-fought split decision victory, highlighting his resilience and determination in the face of a skilled opponent.

Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Devin Clark

In a high-octane battle, Kennedy Nzechukwu’s guillotine choke proved to be the game-changer. Despite a fierce exchange of strikes, Clark fell victim to Nzechukwu’s relentless pressure. Nzechukwu secured the submission in the second round, rendering Clark unconscious and claiming victory in a dramatic fashion.

Drew Dober vs. Matt Frevola

Matt Frevola made a statement with his powerful strikes, dominating Drew Dober right from the start. Frevola’s relentless aggression paid off when he landed a massive right hand that sent Dober crashing to the canvas. Frevola wasted no time, sealing the victory with ground-and-pound strikes, securing a memorable TKO win in the first round.

Kron Gracie vs. Charles Jourdain

Charles Jourdain displayed exceptional striking prowess against the renowned grappler Kron Gracie. With precision jabs and calculated footwork, Jourdain kept Gracie at bay, frustrating his attempts to take the fight to the ground. Gracie’s ground game was neutralized, resulting in a unanimous decision victory for Jourdain, proving that technical brilliance can triumph over grappling expertise.

Movsar Evloev vs. Diego Lopes

Movsar Evloev and Diego Lopes engaged in a strategic battle, combining striking exchanges with ground control. Evloev’s ground-and-pound and Lopes’s submission attempts kept the fight intense. Despite Lopes’s resilience, Evloev’s dominance on the ground earned him a unanimous decision victory, showcasing his superior grappling skills and tactical acumen.

Jessica Andrade vs. Yan Xiaonan

In a bout characterized by precision and power, Yan Xiaonan’s accurate striking took center stage. Andrade, known for her aggressiveness, found herself outmaneuvered. Xiaonan’s devastating right hand found its mark, leading to a swift TKO victory. The fight highlighted Xiaonan’s technical prowess and marked a spectacular finish to the night.

Gilbert Burns vs. Belal Muhammad

In a slow-paced opening, Gilbert Burns and Belal Muhammad exchanged leg kicks and jabs, with Muhammad briefly stunning Burns. Rounds 2 and 3 saw both fighters trading strikes, but Burns appeared hampered by a left arm injury. Muhammad’s constant pressure paid off, leading to a unanimous decision victory (50-45, 49-46, 49-46) due to careful striking and Burns’ limited offensive abilities caused by his injury.

Aljamain Sterling vs. Henry Cejudo

In a closely contested match, Aljamain Sterling and Henry Cejudo battled fiercely for five rounds. Sterling started aggressively, securing takedowns and landing strikes. Cejudo responded with resilience, defending takedowns and landing significant blows. The fight showcased high-level wrestling and striking from both sides. Ultimately, Sterling won by split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47) in a fight that highlighted the skill and determination of both fighters.