The UFC has booked the main occasion for the upcoming UFC 238 card in addition to the primary event for an upcoming Fight Night occasion. Below are my thoughts on both these bouts.
UFC 238 vs. Henry Cejudo, marlon Moraes The vacant UFC bantamweight title will be up for grabs if Marlon Moraes takes on Henry Cejudo in the primary event of UFC 238, that is set for June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The promotion has made the bout official.
Moraes (22-5-1) is the prior WSOF bantamweight champion and he’s appeared incredible since linking the UFC, going 4-1 complete from the Octagon including three consecutive first-round endings over Raphael Assuncao, Jimmie Rivera and Aljamain Sterling in his last 3 fights. Most desired to see Moraes get a title shot against former champion TJ Dillashaw, but if the champ examined positive and gave his belt up it meant the UFC has to obtain a new opponent for him.
Cejudo (14-2) is the UFC flyweight champion and he got the call to fight for the bantamweight belt against Moraes after the Dillashaw fight fell through. Cejudo is 8-2 overall from the UFC and is now riding a four-fight win streak that includes back-to-back wins over Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson. He is obviously the best flyweight on the planet, and it will be interesting to see if he can move around bantamweight and become a rare double winner in his new branch.
MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has released the starting line with this bout. Moraes started as a -185 favored, with Cejudo as a +145 underdog. Click on the link to see more of Kalikas’ rationale for why he started the line how he did.
Tyron Woodley vs. Robbie Lawler UFC on ESPN 4, 2 Former UFC welterweight winners Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler will rematch at the main event of UFC on ESPN 4, which takes place June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ESPN broke the information. This is a rematch of this pair’s previous meeting at UFC 201 at July 2016, when Woodley took the belt from Lawler after viciously knocking him out in the initial round.
Woodley (19-4-1) is 9-3-1 overall in the UFC and is coming off of a decisive five-round decision loss to Kamaru Usman that saw him drop his belt. Prior to the Usman fight, Woodley was on a seven-fight unbeaten streak and he will look to get back on the horse using another win over Lawler. If he would like to have any chance of remaining at the title picture at 170lbs, he surely needs to win this battle.
Lawler (28-13, 1 NC) is 13-8 all time in the UFC but has fallen on hard times as of late since he has dropped three of his last four bouts, including a controversial submission loss to Ben Askren in her last fight. Most figured the UFC would reserve a rematch between Lawler and Askren, but they decided to reserve a rematch with Woodley instead. Much like Woodley, if Lawler has any hopes of ever getting his belt back then he absolutely must win this fight.
The opening line for this particular bout has not been published yet, but it is safe to say Woodley is going to be the favorite this time around considering he knocked Lawler out in the first round the last time these two met inside the Octagon.
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