Reigning UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo made history last night (Sat., June 8, 2019) at UFC 238 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside United Center in Chicago, Ill., when he put a brutal stop to Marlon Moraes via third-round TKO to claim the vacant bantamweight title and become the promotion’s newest double champ (or triple champ if you ask the Olympic gold medalist).
Moraes lead the dance in the early going as he peppered Cejudo with hard leg kicks and pressured with powerful right hooks. Cejudo struggled to get inside and land his own shots, but remained confident in his attacks. More kicks landed for Moraes to begin the second as he mixed in strikes to the head as well. Cejudo’s inside leg started to swell and force him to lean back in his stance. After Moraes knocked Cejudo down with a heavy leg kick Cejudo pounced back up with a fire under his ass. He hurt Moraes bad with hard right hands and then moved inside for powerful knees and dirty boxing. Moraes survived, but Cejudo stole the round.
Cejudo went back to his straight right hand to begin the third round. Moraes kept trying to sneak in a head kick off exchanges but Cejudo avoided it every time. Cejudo returned favor with more knees inside the clinch. During a grappling exchange Cejudo was able to grab a hold of a choke and nearly ended the fight. Moraes defended nicely but Cejudo gained top control and landed heavy hammer fists, forearms, and elbows. The flyweight king added even more punishment as Moraes’ head slammed off the canvas. The damage piled up and Cejudo’s vicious attack eventually forced the referee stoppage.
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