Henry Cejudo added to his account on Saturday evening at UFC 238, as the 2008 Olympic gold medalist etched his title in the history books. Cejudo entered the United Heart in Chicago as the reigning flyweight champion and already one of the most revered competitors in the sport, and he exited as the fourth simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history.
Cejudo (15-2), a native of Los Angeles, rebounded from a disastrous first round to outwork and build top contender Marlon Moraes via third-round TKO to take hold of the vacant bantamweight championship in the well-known occasion.
“I’m the best fight athlete of all time, and I accurate stole the title of easiest pound-for-pound fighter too,” Cejudo acknowledged.
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The 32-One year-extinct Cejudo made an improbable adjustment after arduous leg kicks from the highly fantastic Moraes (22-6-1) left him wobbling. On the opposite hand it became Cejudo’s cardio that began to flip the tide. At closing, his boxing took over in a wild Round 2 sooner than a sequence of brutal knees to the face from the clinch visibly weakened Moraes.
“It became all need. I knew Marlon became throwing a good deal of vitality, and whenever you happen to establish all the pieces into your vitality, you salvage burned,” Cejudo acknowledged. “His demeanor confirmed all the pieces. Right here’s a recreation of poker, and when I saw his demeanor exchange and he began to drop his fingers, it became time to exhaust.”
Cejudo, who provides UFC an opportunity at a first dazzling crossover Mexican-American huge title, scored a key takedown on an exhausted Moraes in Round Three. A sequence of immediate elbows and vitality shots ended in an eventual stoppage when referee Marc Goddard jumped in at 4:Fifty one.
“Where is Dana White at? I are seeking to originate getting paid,” Cejudo acknowledged. “I are seeking to originate making heavyweight money. I will offer you guys that listing now because I’m a prize fighter; Dominick Cruz, Cody Garbrandt, Uriah Faber. At a hundred forty 5 pounds, I’d at closing enjoy to head up and solidify yet every other weight class as champion too.
“I became combating adversity, as you guys heard. The media had requested me and I had sprained my left ankle, but I restful desired to fight. It became very severely a rotten sprain and I taped it up. I caught to it and I believed in my team.”
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UFC 238 outcomes
Henry Cejudo def. Marlon Moraes via third-round TKO (strikes)
Valentina Shevchenko (c) def. Jessica Opinion via 2d-round KO (head kick)
Tony Ferguson def. Donald Cerrone via 2d-round TKO (doctor stoppage)
Petr Yan def. Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Blagoy Ivanov def. Tai Tuivasa via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Tatiana Suarez def. Nina Ansaroff via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Aljamain Safe def. Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alexa Grasso def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Calvin Kattar def. Ricardo Lamas via first-round TKO (strikes)
UFC 238 highlights
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