UFC 238: Henry Cejudo overcomes Marlon Moraes to become champ-champ

Cejudo joins Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes as champ-champs

Henry Cejudo (15-2-0) joined Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, and Amanda Nunes as the company’s only dual champions by defeating Marlon Moraes (22-6-1) to add the bantamweight title  to his flyweight crown at Chicago’s UFC 238 Saturday night.

Moraes attacked the legs of Cejudo early which game Cejudo trouble throughout the fight. But Cejudo attacked the body of Moraes, with knees and strikes that eventually opened up other opportunities by the third round. The end came when Moraes tried to roll out of a Cejudo takedown and choke attempt. Cejudo maneuvered to keep Moraes on the ground and unloaded elbows and punches with seconds to go in the third round that forced referee to call the bout at 4:51.

With the win, Cejudo is also the seventh UFC fighter to hold a belt in two different weight classes. He called out Urjah Faber, Dominick Cruz, and Cody Garbrandt after the fight as possible challenges. He also revealed that on Tuesday before the fight, he suffered a sprained ankle.

Tony Ferguson and Donald Cerrone secured Fight of the Night, while Valentina Shevchenko and Cejudo earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus, except for Cejudo who doubled up with $100,000 USD.

UFC 238 FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN VS. JESSICA CALDERWOOD

 

WINNER: KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JESSICA CALDERWOOD VIA SD

Andrews: Chookagian outstruck Calderwood, but Calderwood inflicted more damage. Good fight and tough call for the judges.

EDDIE WINELAND VS. GRIGORY POPOV

WINNER: EDDIE WINELAND VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 4:47

 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GRIGORY POPOV VIA TKO

Andrews: I thought Popov would get the bg upset, but it’s clear he needs more seasoning. Wineland was too much.

BEVON LEWIS VS. DARREN STEWART 

 

WINNER: DARREN STEWART (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) VIA UD 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BEVON LEWIS VIA TKO

Andrews: Not much of a barnburner of a fight, but credit to Stewart for nullifying the height and reach of Lewis.

XIAONAN YAN VS. ANGELA HILL

 

WINNER: XIOANAN YAN VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANGELA HILL VIA UD

Andrews: Yan’s striking is something to contend with.

RICARDO LAMAS VS. CALVIN KATTAR

 

WINNER: CALVIN KATTAR VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 4:06

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RICARDO LAMAS VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! That was impressive by Kattar.

KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ VS. ALEXA GRASSO

 

WINNER: ALEXA GRASSO VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEXA GRASSO VIA UD

Andrews: It’s time for Karolina to consider hanging them up.

ALJAMAIN STERLING VS. PEDRO MUNHOZ

 

WINNER: ALJAMAIN STERLING VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PEDRO MUNHOZ VIA TKO

Andrews: Good job by Sterling to shut down Munhoz and avoiding the big shots.

TATIANA SUAREZ VS. NINA ANSAROFF 

 

WINNER: TATIANA SUAREZ VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TATIANA SAUREZ VIA TKO

Andrews: Suarez as expected was too big and strong for Ansaroff even with a neck injury, but credit Nina for going the distance.

TAI TUIVASA VS. BLAGOY IVANOV

 

WINNER: BLAGOY IVANOV VIA UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TAI TUIVASA VIA TKO

Andrews: Good performance by Ivanov to outslug Tai.

JIMMIE RIVERA VS. PETR YAN

WINNER: PETR YAN VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PETR YAN VIA TKO

 

Andrews: Rivera tried his best, but Yan as too strong. Yan obviously is a beast.

TONY FERGUSON VS. DONALD CERRONE

 

WINNER: TONY FERGUSON VIA TKO (DOCTOR STOPPAGE) R2 5:00

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TONY FERGUSON VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! An old-school performance by both guys. Even if it went further, Ferguson would have still won. Hats off to Cowboy for his usual tough self.

VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VS. JESSICA EYE 

 

WINNER: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VIA TKO (HEAD KICK) R2 0:26

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Shevchenko used her toolbelt. Eye did as well as she could as she only had striking and ground defence.

Andrews Prediction: Valentina Shevchenko via UD

MAIN EVENT 

HENRY CEJUDO VS. MARLON MORAES

 

WINNER: HENRY CEJUDO VIA TKO R3 4:51 (PUNCHES)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: HENRY CEJUDO VIA UD

Andrews: Cejudo grinded out another win after a good start from Moraes. He still needs to rematch Benavidez and DJ before this GOAT conversation talk though. Good win.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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