The UFC has booked 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 these bouts that are newly-announced.
UFC 238 vs. Henry Cejudo, marlon Moraes The vacant UFC bantamweight title will be up for grabs if Marlon Moraes takes on Henry Cejudo at the main event of UFC 238, that can be 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’s looked incredible since linking the UFC, going 4-1 complete from the Octagon including three successive first-round finishes over Raphael Assuncao, Jimmie Rivera and Aljamain Sterling in his last 3 fights. Most wanted to watch Moraes get a title shot against former champion TJ Dillashaw, but when the champ tested positive and gave up his belt it meant the UFC must obtain a new competitor for him.
Cejudo (14-2) is the UFC flyweight champion and he got the call to struggle to 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 which includes back-end wins over Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson. He’s obviously the best flyweight in the world, and it’s going to be interesting to see whether he can move 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 started as a -185 favorite, with Cejudo as a +145 underdog. Click the hyperlink to read more of Kalikas’ reason for why he started the line the way he did.
Tyron Woodley vs. Robbie Lawler 2, UFC on ESPN 4 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. This is a rematch of this pair’s previous assembly at UFC 201 in 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 from a critical five-round decision reduction to Kamaru Usman that saw him drop his belt. Before this Usman struggle, Woodley was on a seven-fight unbeaten streak and he will look to get back on the horse using a second triumph over Lawler. If he would like to have any chance of remaining in the title picture in 170lbs, he absolutely needs to win this fight.
Lawler (28-13, 1 NC) is 13-8 all-time from the UFC but has fallen on hard times as of late as he’s dropped three of his last four bouts, including a contentious 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 rather than Much like Woodley, if Lawler has any hopes of ever getting back his belt then he absolutely needs to win this fight.
The opening line for this 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 at the first round the last time these two met inside the Octagon.
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