Cejudo Claims Second Title at UFC 238

Henry Cejudo asks to be called “Triple C” now as he continues to make history, defeating Marlon Moraes via third-round TKO to win the UFC Bantamweight Championship in the main event of UFC 238 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

With the win, Cejudo became the seventh fighter in UFC history to win UFC titles in two weight classes, as well as the fourth in history to hold two UFC championships simultaneously. He now is also the first UFC fighter to have won an Olympic gold medal and two UFC titles, thus asking to be called “Triple C” in his post-fight interview.

Cejudo seemed troubled on in the opening round, as Moraes landed several kicks throughout the round and continuing to come forward. Cejudo was slow in his striking, but he answered back in the second by landing hard in the clinch, including several knees. Moraes, while slowed, still flashed his power with a big head kick.

With an advantage now in his grasp, Cejudo continued to clinch and land in the third. Cejudo dropped down and nearly scored a choke in the round, and while Moraes barely escaped, it only delayed the inevitable. Cejudo landed several strikes late in the round until the referee waved off the fight.

Cejudo called out Cody Garbrandt, Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber in his post-fight interview before teasing going up to featherweight to win that division’s title as well.

The co-main event saw Valentina Shevchenko pull off a dominant performance, successfully retaining the UFC Women’s Flyweight Title against Jessica Eye. Shevchenko came out aggressive with strikes before landing two big takedowns in the first round, keeping Eye on the ground for a majority of the five minutes. She then put things away seconds into the second round with a body kick followed by a nasty head kick.

Before the title fights, Tony Ferguson and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone squared off in a battle of popular lightweight contenders, both seeking a title shot. After plenty of back-and-forth action in the first round, Ferguson dominated the second, tagging Cerrone and busting up his face, especially the nose.

The ending, however, was anticlimactic and disappointing. After a punch from Ferguson after the bell, which resulted in a hard warning, Cerrone’s right eye was swollen shut and the fight was waved off. Replay showed that the late punch landed on the nose and Cerrone’s eye swelling came from him blowing his nose immediately after. The result was a TKO win via doctor’s stoppage for Ferguson, giving the former interim lightweight champ 12 straight wins now.

UFC 238 Main Card Results:
For the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship: (Flyweight champion) Henry Cejudo def. Marlon Moraes via TKO (Rd. 3, 4:51)
UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship: (c.) Valentina Shevchenko def. Jessica Eye via KO (Rd. 2, 0:26)
Lightweight: Tony Ferguson def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) (Rd. 2, 5:00)
Bantamweight: Petr Yan def. Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Heavyweight: Blagoy Ivanov def. Tai Tuivasa via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

UFC 238 Preliminary Card Results:
Women’s Strawweight: Tatiana Suarez def. Nina Ansaroff via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling def. Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Women’s Strawweight: Alexa Grasso def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Featherweight: Calvin Kattar def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (Rd. 1, 4:06)

UFC 238 Early Prelim Card Results:
Women’s Strawweight: Yan Xiaonan def. Angela Hill via unanimous decision (29-28,  29-28, 29-28)
Middleweight: Darren Stewart def. Bevon Lewis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Bantamweight: Eddie Wineland def. Grigory Popov via KO (Rd. 2, 4:47)
Women’s Flyweight: Katlyn Chookagian def. Joanne Calderwood via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

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