Zane Simon & Eddie Mercado are here to breakdown tonight’s event with hot takes, possible next fights, as well as reactions to the overall event.
On the 8th of June, 2019, the UFC put on their UFC 238 PPV (Pay-Per-View) event brought to us from Chicago, Illinois through ESPN+ at 10PM/7PM ETPT. The main event featured a Bantamweight title fight between Flyweight champion, Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo, against contender, “Magic” Marlon Moraes, for the vacant UFC Bantamweight belt. UFC 238’s co-main event also had a belt on the line — UFC women’s Flyweight champion, Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko, put her strap on the line against Jessica “Evil” Eye.
Henry ‘The Messenger’ Cejudo, the 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in freestyle wrestling, battled for the vacant Bantamweight Title with a 14-2-0 record, on a four-fight winning streak. His last victory was against T.J. Dillashaw, who he notoriously defeated in the main event via KO/TKO-Punches at 0:32 seconds into Round 1 at UFC on ESPN+ 1, back in January. Tapology.com had him ranked as the #1 MMA Fighter of the year and #2 Current Best MMA Fighter in his division heading into this Main Event Title Fight.
Meanwhile, Title Contender Marlon ‘Magic’ Moraes, came into this bantamweight war with a longer 22-5-1 professional record, also on a four-fight winning streak. His most recent victory being a main event win via Guillotine Choke at 3:17 in Round 1 against Raphael Assunção at UFC on ESPN+ 2, back in February. Moraes was listed via Tapology.com as the #1 Current Best MMA Bantamweight Fighter heading into the event.
Here’s a look at the UFC 238 PPV ‘Cejudo vs Moraes’, ‘Shevchenko vs Eye’ results for the five main card bouts, straight out of Chicago, Illinois, via Tapology.com:
ESPN+ PPV MAIN CARD | 10PM/7PM ETPT
Henry Cejudo DEF. vs. Marlon Moraes, KO/TKO-Ground & Pound, 4:51 R3/5, 14:51 Total
Valentina Shevchenko DEF. Jessica Eye, KO/TKO, HEAD KICK, Round 2 of 5
Tony Ferguson DEF. Donald Cerrone, KO/TKO, DOCTOR STOPPAGE (EYE INJURY), 5:00 Round 2 of 3, 10:00 Total
Petr Yan DEF. Jimmie Rivera, DEC-Unanimous, 3Rds-15:00 Total
Blagoy Ivanov DEF. Tai Tuivasa, DEC-Unanimous, 3Rds-15:00 Total
POTN: Henry Cejudo and Valentina Shevchenko, $50K each
FOTN: Tony Ferguson vs Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone
Gate: US $2,034,387.49
ESPN PRELIMS | 8PM/5PM ETPT
Tatiana Suarez DEF. Nina Ansaroff, DEC-Unanimous, 3Rds-15:00 Total
Aljamain Sterling DEF. Pedro Munhoz, DEC-Unanimous, 3Rds-15:00 Total
Alexa Grasso DEF. Karolina Kowalkiewicz, DEC-Unanimous, 3Rds-15:00 Total
Calvin Kattar DEF. Ricardo Lamas, KO/TKO-Punches, 4:06 R1/3
FIGHTPASS/ESPN+ EARLY PRELIMS | 6:15PM/3:15PM ETPT
Xiaonan Yan DEF. Angela Hill, DEC-Unanimous, 3Rds-15:00 Total
Darren Stewart DEF. Bevon Lewis, DEC-Unanimous, 3Rds-15:00 Total
Eddie Wineland DEF. Grigorii Popov, KO/TKO-Right Cross, 4:47 R2/3-9:47 Total
Katlyn Chookagian DEF. Joanne Calderwood, DEC-Unanimous, 3Rds-15:00 Total
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