UFC 238: Can Henry Cejudo Become a Two-Division Champion?
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, June 8, 2019
The UFC are bringing a stacked card to the United Center in Chicago, Illinois tonight with two championship fights headlining UFC 238 and a lightweight fight between two fan favorites, Tony Ferguson and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, that many are calling the people’s main event. The winner of the fight between Ferguson and Cerrone is expected to get a title shot against the winner of the Lightweight Championship between the undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim-champion Dustin Poirier.
UFC Bantamweight Championship: Henry Cejudo (C-FLW) vs Marlon Moraes
The main event will see UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo move up to 135lbs and challenge Marlon Moraes for the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship, which had been vacated by T.J. Dillashaw after he received a two-year suspension by USADA for failed drug tests.
Henry Cejudo is coming into this fight with plenty of momentum; he defeated Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse” Johnson, one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world, to become the UFC Flyweight Champion at UFC 227 and then in his first title defense, defeated then-UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw by TKO at 32 seconds of the first round.
Cejudo could become an all-time great if he’s able to a double champion. If successful, Cejudo’s long list of accolades and accomplishments would include an Olympic Gold medal, UFC Flyweight Championship, UFC Bantamweight Championship, and wins over two of the greatest fighters to compete in their respective weight-classes (Johnson and Dillashaw).
Marlon Moraes is no stranger to title fights; he was the first-ever WSOF Bantamweight champion and successfully defended his title five-times before signing with the UFC in 2017.
Even though Moraes was defeated by Raphael Assuncao in his UFC debut, he would go on to win four-straight fights, which included a submission win over Assuncao that his UFC debut loss and earned him an opportunity to fight Cejudo for the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship.
During the UFC’s seasonal press conference in April, Moraes and Cejudo had an entertaining war of words and went back and forth with Moraes stating “I’m going to silence the messenger my friend. No more gold medal…no more every fight with a belt…that’s it man…that’s all. You’ll see, June 8th I’m gonna knock you out.”
Cejudo then fired back stating “Like I told you, Demetrious Johnson on my left, T.J. on my right, Marlon Moraes, you’re on my waist baby.” And then added that he won’t allow Moraes to represent the division “I am not going to allow this company Dana White to have somebody that look like Mr.Clean and talks like Michael Jackson.”
With all the controversy surrounding the Bantamweight division following Dillashaw’s suspension and the uncertainty on the future of the Flyweight division, the buildup to this main event and the fight itself could be the perfect fight that helps both divisions become viable for the UFC.
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