We’ve only had a handful of double champs in the UFC. Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes, and Henry Cejudo are the only four to do it.
However, one current champion has his eyes set on becoming the fifth double champ in organization history. Additionally, it sounds like he’s making retirement plans too.
During a discussion with Megan Olivi, bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling provided a list of fighters he wants to take on next. On top of that, he makes it sound like he plans to retire once he becomes the double champ.
Here is Sterling’s plan, shared by ESPN MMA.
Aljo eyes double-champ status 💪 #UFC288 pic.twitter.com/UEVi9L44Wj
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 30, 2023
Truth be told, he has a real shot at achieving this goal. Sterling is set to take on Henry Cejudo at UFC 288. Additionally, many consider Sean O’Malley the next fighter in line for the bantamweight belt.
Where it might be difficult though is Aljamain Sterling’s desire to become the next double champ in the UFC. Especially considering he’ll have to move up a weight class to face off against Alexander Volkanovski or Yair Rodriguez.
Volkanovski is arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Even so, Aljamain Sterling has been on an impressive streak.
If he can beat both Henry Cejudo and Sean O’Malley, then he very well could get his shot at being the next double champ.
We’ll see if Sterling can do it. There’s a reason only four fighters in UFC history have become double champs.
With that said, make sure to tune into UFC 288 on May 6 to see if Sterling can keep Cejudo at bay.