Ahead of their UFC 288 clash, Henry Cujedo and Aljamain Sterling were involved in a heated argument during a pre-fight press conference. Cujedo was caught taunting Sterling right from the start, even at the weigh-in but he did not respond then. This situation changed quickly as both began insulting each other and were involved in a long argument. Sterling gave some insults around Cujedo’s three-year layoff and Cujedo’s earlier retirement to which he reneged later. Cujedo fired back, referring to Sterling’s disqualification win over Petr Yan, which initially crowned the American the UFC Bantamweight champion after he was unable to continue following an illegal knee strike landed by the Russian.
The argument got particularly heated when they touched on the subject of countries of origin and the two fighters fired insults at each involving their root nations. The Funkmaster stated, "You're not even a Mexican, you're a fake a**-American." It did not end here as the Triple C responded stating, "Shut up. And you're not even a Jamaican, you're a wannabe American. I am born in America, I am an American. Sucker."
Henry Cujedo was born in Los Angeles in the US but has Mexican roots as his parents are both Mexican immigrants. Aljemain Sterling is also US-born and belongs to American-Jamaican ethnicity. The two will be seen going head-to-head at the UFC 288 on Sunday, May 7 (IST) at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.