You know how some fight cards that look pretty “meh” on paper turn out to be unexpectedly great? Yeah, UFC 288 wasn’t really one of those. Headlined by an important but perhaps not best-selling men’s bantamweight title fight between Aljamain Sterling and Henry Cejudo, this one didn’t really appear to live up to the high standards set by some of the UFC’s other PPVs this year. There was nothing wrong with Sterling’s unanimous decision win over Cejudo and there was nothing wrong with Belal Muhammad’s UD over Gilbert Burns. But this card didn’t blow our hair back and these wins probably aren’t going to get Sterling and Muhammad the respect they deserve.
Speaking of not getting the respect he deserves, Demetrious Johnson looked as good as ever in (yet another kinda nondescript) unanimous decision win over Adriano Moraes in One Championship. Johnson took the trilogy and was noncommittal on retirement, but is he forever destined to be MMA’s lost GOAT?