Chicago, IL – Henry Cejudo def. Marlon Moraes via TKO, Round 3 – 4:29 at UFC 238 on Saturday, June 8, 2019, live from the United Center in Chicago, IL.
Cejudo now holds a title in both flyweight and bantamweight and joins the ranks of Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes as champions who have held two titles at the same time.
They touch gloves to start the round. Moraes lands a leg kick to start the round. He follows it up with a head kick which lands on Cejudo. Moraes comes forward and lands another strike. They trade massive shots and Moraes stuns Cejudo briefly. Moraes lands a low leg kick with nearly topples Cejudo, but he recovers quickly and they remain on their feet. Moraes goes for a jab and Cejudo goes for Moraes’ legs but is unable to take him to the ground. The crowd begins to chant “Henry.” Moraes continues to poke at Cejudo’s legs the strikes are clearly hurting Cejudo as he pauses briefly after each strike. Cejudo comes forward and connects in the final 30 seconds of the round, but it’s too little, too late to secure the first round.
The round starts slowly, neither fighter wanting to be the first to engage and the crowd became restless. Cejudo finally comes in and lands a flurry of punches which nearly drop Moraes but he recovers and they move back to the center of the canvas. Cejudo goes for a takedown again but appears to slip and missed Moraes entirely. He answers the stumble with a flurry of punches and they trade and we finally have the fight we’d all been waiting for. Cejudo is landing massive strikes and Moraes is answering back with leg kicks. Now Cejudo unloads, landing a knee and massive combos. He gets Moraes into a clinch and nails him with knee after knee. Moraes briefly tries to take Cejudo down but gives up the attempt and they trade shots to end the round.
They touch gloves to start round three. Cejudo leads right into a massive head kick and then lands combos that send Moraes running. Cejudo gets Moraes into the clinch against the cage before they separate and head back to the center of the Octagon. Cejudo secures another beautiful knee but the referee steps in briefly to break up an eye poke to Moraes. Cejudo attempts a takedown but Moraes gets right back up. They stumble to the canvas again and they are back to their feet in the clinch. Cejudo gets Moraes to the canvas where it looks like he’ll secure a submission but Moraes escapes. The fight remains on the canvas where Cejudo begins to rain massive strikes on the ground. Moraes is being pummeled with elbows in the final minute. The referee waves off the final in the final seconds of the third round and Cejudo is overcome with emotion.
UFC 238 took place on Saturday, June 8, 2019, live from the United Center in Chicago, IL. Follow along with FanSided MMA, who is on site for the event, for all your live results and highlights throughout the week.
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