At the most recent UFC pay-per-view event, two of the most notable bantamweights in mixed martial arts collided under the headline spotlight.
Reigning titleholder Aljamain Sterling put his gold on the line for the third time, meeting the challenge of returning former two-division champ Henry Cejudo inside Newark’s Prudential Center.
The bout pitted two men widely branded as among the best grapplers in the promotion and the all-time greats at 135 pounds against each other. Their respective skillsets helped put on a competitive and close battle across 25 minutes.
But not everyone was impressed…
Loughran Provides Confident Assessment Of Sterling, Cejudo Matchups
During a recent appearance on Sherdog’s The Sheehan Show, Cage Warriors Bantamweight Champion Caolan Loughran discussed a possible move to the UFC.
When asked whether he believes he needs a few more fights under the European organization’s banner before joining the sport’s premier promotion, “The Don” put some context behind his self-belief by suggesting he already has what it takes to stop both the reigning champ and most recent title challenger.
“I just watched Aljamain Sterling versus Henry Cejudo. I think I could knock them out right now. I swear on my life, I swear to God,” Loughran said. “They both got so tired and they’re just so easy to hit. And I’m so hard to take down… I don’t know. I’m smart enough to know that if Aljo got my back, I’d be doing well to — end of the round is the best-case scenario.
“But lad, (Marlon) ‘Chito’ Vera’s number three in the world. You can’t tell me that ‘Chito’ Vera is good. He’s not good! He’s not good!” Loughran continued. “He’s got a big punch. I don’t know. I think it’s time for (me to go to) the UFC.”
Loughran currently boasts a perfect 8-0 professional record, with the latest win on that undefeated run earlier this month in Rome adding Cage Warriors gold to his trophy cabinet.
The Irishman has since made his intentions clear regarding a UFC switch, and even called to be added to the recently announced UFC 292 card in Boston this August. Should that come to fruition, perhaps he’ll have the chance to size up Sterling in person, with “Funk Master” expected to headline the event against Sean O’Malley.
Hi @UFCEurope if yous put me on this card I’ll paint the place green, call @SugaSeanMMA a skinny vegan Pube head smack head dweeb and take over the UFC bantamweight division in about 11 minutes 👍🇮🇪 https://t.co/PDAQ9FGzfJ
— Caolan Loughran (@DonCaolan135) May 16, 2023
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