Henry Cejudo Becomes UFC Two-Division Champion
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, June 9, 2019
UFC 238 delivered an exciting night of fights for MMA fans Saturday night and was capped off with UFC Flyweight Champion, Henry "The Messenger" Cejudo adding his name to the short list of fighters to win a championship in two weight-classes, when he defeated Marlon Moraes by TKO at the end of the thrid round.
The first round wasn't looking good for Cejudo; Moraes had more success with his strikes and was the much bigger fighter. Moraes landed a flurry of leg kicks that left noticeable damage to both Cejudo's legs and forced the Flyweight Champion out of his comfort zone.
After the first round, it looked as though it'd be a matter of time before Moraes would connect with a strike that stops Cejudo, but "The Messenger" regrouped and used the break in-between rounds to get advice from his coach and cornermen.
Cejudo then came out in the second round with a completely different gameplan; he began pushing the pace and turned the fight into a slugfest, which saw him land combinations and connecting with strong knees from the Muay Thai clinch that looked to have stunned Moraes.
In the third round, Cejudo continued his onslaught of knee strikes from the Muay Thai clinch and then took advantage of Moraes on the ground; he landed many elbows and strikes while he had a favorable position before the referee stepped in to stop the fight, giving Cejudo the win by TKO.
With the win, Cejudo now becomes the first Olympic Gold medalist to hold a UFC championship in two different weight-classes simultaneously.
After the fight, Cejudo used the post-fight interview to call-out fomer UFC Bantamweight Champions Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt as well as UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber, who'll be making his UFC return next month. In addition to calling-out Bantamweight fighters, Cejudo added that he'd also like to move up to Featherweight and add a third title.
Hypothetically, if Frankie Edgar were to defeat Max Holloway to become the new UFC Feathweight Champion, a fight between Cejudo and Edgar could be a massive fight for the promotion.
Here is some of the reactions to Cejudo's victory:
Congratulations Henry Cejudo! Welcome to the club 🥃 https://t.co/xF2BHGfr9n— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 9, 2019
We need to update this photo @HenryCejudo. Congratulations my friend! The sky is the limit! I'm proud of you. Overcoming adversity once again and making history like no other. Looks like I need to go get myself an Olympic gold medal. #TheChampChamps #ChampChamp pic.twitter.com/gzuhGWdaMi— Patricio Freire (@PatricioPitbull) June 9, 2019
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