The UFC has reserved the main occasion for the upcoming UFC 238 card as well as 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 primary event of UFC 238, that can be set for June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The bout official has been made by the promotion.
Moraes (22-5-1) is the former WSOF bantamweight champion and he has appeared incredible since joining the UFC, going 4-1 overall from the Octagon including three successive first-round endings over Raphael Assuncao, Jimmie Rivera and Aljamain Sterling in his last three fights. Most wanted to see 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 the UFC flyweight champion and he got the call to fight for the bantamweight belt here against Moraes after the Dillashaw fight fell through. Cejudo is 8-2 overall from the UFC and is currently riding a four-fight win streak which includes back-end wins over Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson. He’s clearly the ideal flyweight in the world, and it will be intriguing to see if he can proceed up to bantamweight and become a rare double champion in his new division.
MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has released the starting line with this particular bout. Moraes opened as a -185 favored, with Cejudo as a +145 underdog. Click the link to read more of Kalikas’ rationale for why he opened the line how he did.
Tyron Woodley vs. Robbie Lawler UFC on ESPN 4, 2 Former UFC welterweight champions 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. ESPN broke the information. That is a rematch of the pair’s previous assembly at UFC 201 at July 2016, when Woodley took the belt out of Lawler after brutally knocking him out in the initial round.
Woodley (19-4-1) is 9-3-1 total in the UFC and is coming off of a critical five-round decision reduction to Kamaru Usman that saw him fall his belt. Prior to the Usman fight, Woodley was on a seven-fight unbeaten streak and he will look to get back to the horse with a second win over Lawler. If he wants to have any chance of staying in the title picture at 170lbs, he absolutely must win this battle.
Lawler (28-13, 1 NC) is 13-8 all time from the UFC but has fallen on hard times as of late since he’s dropped three of his final four bouts, such as a controversial submission loss to Ben Askren in her final struggle. Most guessed the UFC would reserve a rematch between Lawler and Askren, but they chose to reserve a rematch with Woodley instead. Like Woodley, if Lawler has any hopes of ever getting back his belt then he surely needs to win this battle.
The opening line for this particular bout hasn’t been published yet, but it’s safe to say that Woodley will be the favorite this time around considering he knocked Lawler out at the first round the last time these two met inside the Octagon.
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