Cejudo vs Moraes : The UFC hosts its fifth pay-per-view event of the year on Saturday with UFC 238. The card takes place at United Center in Chicago with a five-fight main card that follows prelims on ESPN and ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing mixed martial arts (MMA) fans a championship doubleheader this Sat. night (June 8, 2019) with its UFC 238 pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza, set for United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Leading the charge will be the bantamweight title fight contested between Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes, a bout to claim a new 135-pound king after TJ Dillashaw was overthrown by the “demons of self doubt.”
In the UFC 238 co-headliner, reigning women’s flyweight titleholder, Valentina Shevchenko, will try to defend her 125-pound strap against longtime veteran, Jessica Eye. Both fights make sense on paper and feature the top-ranked combatants from each division.
And yet it all seems so … meh.
That’s probably why the promotion hastily cobbled together a lightweight showdown between Tony Ferguson and Donald Cerrone, who are not only a pair of Top 5 lightweights, but two combatants accustomed to headlining their own events.
In addition to a loaded undercard that features multiple former title challengers, the main card offers two title fights as well as one of the most anticipated matchups of the year. In the main event, flyweight champ Henry Cejudo (14-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) moves up to face Marlon Moraes (22-5-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) for the vacant bantamweight belt.
And in the co-headliner, Valentina Shevchenko (16-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) goes for her first women’s flyweight title defense against Jessica Eye (14-6 MMA, 4-5 UFC).For more on the numbers behind the UFC 238 main card, check below for 60 pre-event facts.
Cejudo is the only MMA fighter to win an Olympic gold medal and a UFC championship.
Cejudo is one of three Olympic gold medalists to fight in the UFC, along with Kevin Jackson and Mark Schultz. He earned gold in freestyle wrestling at the 2008 summer Olympics.
Cejudo is the only Olympic gold medalist to fight in the UFC since the organization was purchased by parent company Zuffa.
Cejudo is one of two flyweight champions in UFC history. Demetrious Johnson was the other.
Cejudo can become the seventh fighter in UFC history to win titles in two weight classes. B.J. Penn, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, Daniel Cormier, Georges St-Pierre and Randy Couture also accomplished the feat.
Cejudo can become the fourth simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history. McGregor, Nunes and Cormier also accomplished the feat.
Cejudo returns to the bantamweight division for the first time since December 2014. He’s 5-0 in the weight class during his career.
Cejudo has landed at least one takedown against all but one of his UFC fights where he’s attempted a takedown.
Cejudo’s 32-second victory over T.J. Dillashaw at UFC on ESPN+ 1 is the fifth fastest knockout in a UFC championship fight.
Moraes is a former WSOF (now PFL) bantamweight champion. He defended his title a record six times.
Moraes is 17-1 in his past 18 fights dating back to December 2011. The only defeat in that stretch came against Raphael Assuncao at UFC 212, a loss he avenged at UFC on ESPN+ 2 in February.
Moraes’ average fight time of 6:59 in UFC bantamweight fights is the shortest in among active fighters in the division.
Moraes’ four-fight UFC winning streak in UFC bantamweight competition is tied with Petr Yan for the longest active streak in the weight class.
Moraes has earned 16 of his 22 career victories by stoppage. That includes seven of his past eight wins.
Moraes’ three-fight UFC stoppage streak in bantamweight competition is tied for the longest active streak in the division.
Moraes’ 33-second knockout of Jimmie Rivera at UFC Fight Night 131 is the sixth fastest in UFC bantamweight history.
Shevchenko is one of two women’s flyweight champions in UFC history. Nicco Montano also accomplished the feat.
Shevchenko is 2-0 since she dropped to the UFC women’s flyweight division in February 2018.
Shevchenko has completed at least one takedown against six of her seven UFC opponents.
Shevchenko outlanded Priscila Cachoeira 230-3 in total strikes at UFC Fight Night 125, the largest disparity in UFC women’s history.
Shevchenko has suffered both of her UFC losses to women’s bantamweight champ Nunes.
Eye becomes the second female fighter in UFC history to challenge for a title with a sub.-500 record with the promotion. Miesha Tate also accomplished the feat.
Eye is 3-0 since she dropped to the UFC women’s flyweight division in January 2018.
Eye’s three victories in UFC women’s flyweight competition are tied for most in divisional history.
Eye’s three-fight UFC winning streak in women’s flyweight competition is tied for the longest active streak in the division.
Eye has earned all three of her UFC women’s flyweight victories by decision.
Eye’s five losses in UFC competition are second most of any female in company history behind Kailin Curran (six).
Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC) is 17-1 in his past 18 fights. The lone defeat in that stretch came to Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 3 in May 2012.
Ferguson’s 14-1 record after 15 UFC appearances is the best of any fighter to come from “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series.
Ferguson’s 11-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is the longest in active streak in the division.
Ferguson’s 11-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is the longest in divisional history.
Ferguson’s 11-fight winning streak in UFC competition is tied with Khabib Nurmagomedov for the longest active streak in the company.
Ferguson has earned 20 of his 24 career victories by stoppage. That includes 10 of his 14 UFC wins.
Ferguson’s three D’Arce-choke victories in UFC competition are the most in company history.
Ferguson is one of two fighters in UFC history to win a title fight by triangle choked. He did so against Kevin Lee at UFC 216. Anderson Silva also accomplished the feat against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117.
Ferguson has been awarded a fight-night bonus in six of his past seven UFC appearances.