Dana “Blown Away” By Cejudo’s UFC 238 Win
When the dust settled on June 9th inside the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Henry Cejudo joined an exclusive club, when he would win the vacant UFC bantamweight title against Marlon Moraes in the third round of their UFC 238 main event.
“I’m blown away by his performance. I’m never gonna doubt that kid again,” White said of Cejudo, who started his year defending the flyweight title against then bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, knocking him out moments into the first round.
““Tonight, going into this fight, Moraes is bigger, stronger, explosive, has a ton of weapons, and he was busting his legs up. Cejudo, what he did tonight he did it with no legs too. That guy had no legs left. I thought this fight was 10-12 leg kicks away from being over and the way that he adapted in that second round and switched up the entire fight, running right into Marlon and trading with him, then he puts him in the clinch and hits him with, like, 10 knees to the face. The knees to the body that he was hitting him with, it was unbelievable. I am blown away.
“This guy has heard it all from, ‘You didn’t really beat Demetrious,’ ‘It was a fluke when you knocked out T.J.’ You can’t deny the guy anymore. He’s awesome.”
Cejudo marked his fifth-straight win, featuring his win over the now-suspended Dillashaw, and a decision win over Demetrious Johnson to win the title in 2018.
“I knew there was gonna be a huge size difference between these two, especially after weigh-ins and when they step into the Octagon, like we saw with (Max) Holloway and (Dustin) Poirier. So I knew that Henry was going to be much smaller than Moraes, and Moraes is so strong and like I said before, explosive and so many weapons. The way that he fought Marlon Moraes, I didn’t even know he had that in him by the way. He could bull-rush T.J. and he caught T.J. with a shot and he knocked him out. But when he got literally his ass whupped in that first round, his legs completely busted up, he went back to the corner and came out the second round with a completely different game plan that I didn’t know he was capable of. And it played out right there in front of all of us,” White said during Sunday’s post-fight presser.
“That guy can fight at both weights, 100 percent, for as long as he can make the lighter weight. He’s a wrestler and those guys can usually do it forever.”
While Cejudo is high on Dana’s list, don’t expect the former Olympic gold medalist to get his wish and gain fights with Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.
“Cruz is injured, Faber’s old,” White said of Cejudo’s callouts. “I don’t know, we’ll sit down with [Cejudo] and figure out what he’s talking about and see what we’ll do,” White said.
Initial Report: MMA Fighting