UFC 238 Live Results
Two title fights, one of which could determine another simultaneous two-division UFC champion, and a lightweight clash featuring two highly popular lightweight contenders, top a packed night of action at UFC 238, which takes place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
In the main event, UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes will square off with the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship on the line. With a win, Cejudo will become the seventh fighter in UFC history to win championships in two weight classes and the fourth to hold two divisions’ championships at the same time.
Cejudo has won four straight since his undefeated record was ended in 2016 with two losses — one of which was to then-UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson. Cejudo upset Johnson in a rematch at UFC 227 to win the 125-pound title and retained it with a 32-second knockout of T.J. Dillashaw at UFC Brooklyn in January.
Original plans were for Cejudo to rematch with Dillashaw, who was the UFC 135-pound champ, but Dillashaw was forced to vacate the title and was suspended until 2021 after testing positive for EPO.
Moraes, a former WSOF bantamweight champ, has won four straight and has lost just once December 2011. His current win streak includes vicious first-round knockouts of Aljamain Sterling and Jimmie Rivera, as well as a first-round submission of Raphael Assuncao in February at UFC Fortaleza.
The UFC 238 co-main event will see Valentina Shevchenko make her first defense of the UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship, as she takes on Jessica Eye. Shevchenko made her way to the 125-pound weight class after losing a bantamweight title fight to Amanda Nunes at UFC 215. After obliterating Priscila Cachoeira in February 2018, Shevchenko defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the then-vacant title at UFC 231 in December.
Eye struggled at women’s bantamweight, losing four straight and five of six (plus one win overturned to a No Contest). After not competing in 2017, Eye returned to the UFC with the opening of a women’s 125-pound division and she has won three straight en route to this title shot.
UFC 238 will also see fan favorites Tony Ferguson and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone go at it. Ferguson has won 11 straight, last competing at UFC 229, where he defeated Anthony Pettis. Ferguson defeated Kevin Lee for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 216 but was stripped of the title after getting injured prior to a scheduled fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed title at UFC 223. Ferguson previously rejected a spot in an interim title fight held at UFC 236, which saw Dustin Poirier defeat Max Holloway.
Ferguson has been dealing with several personal issues over the last few months, including domestic disputes with his wife that led to a restraining order.
Cerrone has won his last three straight, dropping back to lightweight from welterweight earlier this year. Cerrone, the winningest fighter in UFC history, defeated Alexander Hernandez at UFC Brooklyn before scoring a win over Al Iaquinta in the main event of UFC Ottawa last month.
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UFC 238 Main Card (ESPN+ PPV, 10 p.m. ET):
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 (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET):
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 (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET):
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)