The UFC has reserved the principal occasion for the upcoming UFC 238 card in addition to the primary event for an upcoming Fight Night event. Below are my thoughts on both of these bouts that are newly-announced.
Marlon Moraes vs. Henry Cejudo The vacant UFC bantamweight title will be up for grabs when Marlon Moraes takes on Henry Cejudo in the main event of UFC 238, that is set for June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The advertising has made the bout official.
Moraes (22-5-1) is the former WSOF bantamweight champion and he has looked incredible since linking the UFC, going 4-1 overall from the Octagon including three consecutive first-round finishes over Raphael Assuncao, Jimmie Rivera and Aljamain Sterling in his last three fights. Most wanted to watch Moraes receive a title shot against former champion TJ Dillashaw, however when the champ tested positive and gave up his belt it meant the UFC has to find a new competitor for him.
Cejudo (14-2) is your UFC flyweight champion and he got the call to struggle for the bantamweight belt against Moraes following the Dillashaw fight fell through. Cejudo is 8-2 overall in the UFC and is currently riding a four-fight win series that includes back-to-back wins over Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson. He is clearly the ideal flyweight in the world, and it will be interesting to see if he can proceed up to bantamweight and become a rare double champion in his new branch.
MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has already released the starting line with this particular bout. Moraes opened as a -185 favorite, with Cejudo as a +145 underdog. Click on the link to read more of Kalikas’ reason for why he started the line how he did.
Tyron Woodley vs. Robbie Lawler 2 Former UFC welterweight winners Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler will rematch in the primary event of UFC on ESPN 4, which takes place June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The news was broken by ESPN. That is a rematch of the pair’s previous meeting at UFC 201 in 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 total in the UFC and is coming from a decisive five-round decision reduction to Kamaru Usman that saw him fall his belt. Prior to this Usman fight, Woodley was on a seven-fight unbeaten streak and he’ll look to get back on the horse with a second triumph over Lawler. If he would like to have any chance of remaining in the title picture at 170lbs, he surely needs to win this fight.
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 the final four bouts, including a contentious submission loss to Ben Askren in her final struggle. Most figured the UFC would book a rematch between Lawler and Askren, but they chose to book a rematch with Woodley rather than Like Woodley, if Lawler has any hopes of getting his belt back then he surely needs to win this battle.
The opening lineup for this particular bout has not been released yet, but it is safe to say that Woodley will be the favorite this time around believing he pumped Lawler out in the first round the last time these two met inside the Octagon.
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