UFC 238 – Cejudo and Shevchenko Keep Their Titles
Held on June 8th, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) 238 featured the Bantamweight Championship bout between Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes. Cejudo defeated his opponent in the 3rd round with a TKO and won the vacant title (the belt having been vacated by the drug-suspended T.J. Dillashaw), already being the Flyweight Champion. The fight was stopped at 4:51 in the third round after a heavy barrage of punches and elbows put Moraes in a full survival mode. With a few seconds left in the round, Cejudo pounded even more furiously on his opponent, earning the TKO stoppage.
In the Women’s Flyweight Championship bout, the reigning champion and heavily favorite Valentina Shevchenko defeated Jessica Eye with a KO resulting from a stunning and massive head kick 26 seconds in the 2nd round, a first-time defense of her title. Eye was out cold on the canvas for several minutes while doctors attended to her. Without any remorse for the KO, Shevchenko came out to respond in kind to Eye’s pre-fight bravado about her chances of pulling off a historic upset. The champion just did what was necessary to keep her belt.
In the other fights, Tony Ferguson defeated Donald Cerrone via a TKO in round 2, Petr Yan defeated Jimmie Rivera via a unanimous decision, Blagoy Ivanov defeated Tai Tuivasa with a unanimous decision, Tatiana Suarez defeated Nina Ansaroff with a unanimous decision, Aljamain Sterling defeated Pedro Munhoz with a unanimous decision, Alexa Grasso defeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz with a unanimous decision, Calvin Kattar defeated Ricardo Lamas with a TKO, Yan Xiaonan defeated Angela Hill with a unanimous decision, Darren Stewart defeated Bevon Lewis with a unanimous decision, Eddie Wineland defeated Grigorii Popov with a KO, and Katlyn Chookagian defeated Joanne Calderwood with a unanimous decision.
With an attendance of 16,083, the main card aired on pay-per-view on ESPN and ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass. It earned a live gate of more than 2 million dollars.
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