How much are Aljamain Sterling and Henry Cejudo making for their bantamweight championship main event at UFC 288?
Cejudo retired in 2020, following a successful defense of the title against Dominick Cruz at UFC 249. It was Cejudo's only defense of the belt after winning it against Marlon Moraes at UFC 238. Prior to that, Cejudo won the flyweight title from Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson at UFC 227 before defending the title against T.J. Dillashaw in the main event of the UFC's first-ever ESPN+ card.
Sterling made dubious history when he won the bantamweight title at UFC 259, becoming the only fighter in UFC to ever win a championship via a disqualification. Sterling, however, did retain the title against Yan at UFC 273 and against Dillashaw at UFC 280.
Purse information for Aljamain Sterling and Henry Cejudo at UFC 288
Unfortunately, there's little to no official information available on the fight purses for both Sterling and Cejudo. Fight purse information has been hard to come by since the Nevada State Athletic Commission started restricting information on fight purses back in 2020. Other states have followed suit since.
Sterling previously claimed he earned about $400,000 for his UFC 273 fight. Remember these totals add locker room bonuses, sponsorships, etc., and don't solely include base pay and win bonus. Total Sportal reported he earned $670,000 for his UFC 280 bout with Dillashaw.
Cejudo, who last fought prior to the information restrictions, made about $350,000 in his last fight at UFC 249.
A complete list of fight purse estimations for all UFC 288 fighters can be found here. But remember, these numbers are only assumed, and should not be taken as gospel.