The UFC has reserved the main 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.
Marlon Moraes vs. Henry Cejudo, UFC 238 The empty UFC bantamweight title will probably be up for grabs if 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 advertising.
Moraes (22-5-1) is the former WSOF bantamweight champion and he has appeared incredible since linking the UFC, going 4-1 complete 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 winner TJ Dillashaw, but if the champ tested positive and gave his belt up it meant the UFC must find a new competitor for him.
Cejudo (14-2) is your UFC flyweight champion and he got the call to fight to the bantamweight belt here against Moraes after the Dillashaw fight fell through. Cejudo is 8-2 overall from the UFC and is now riding a four-fight win streak that includes back-to-back wins over Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson. He’s obviously the best flyweight on the planet, and it’s going to be intriguing to see if he can move around bantamweight and eventually become a rare double champion in his new branch.
MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has released the starting line with this bout. Moraes started as a -185 favorite, with Cejudo as a +145 underdog. Click on the hyperlink to see more of Kalikas’ reason for why he opened the line how he did.
Tyron Woodley vs. Robbie Lawler 2, UFC on ESPN 4 Former UFC welterweight winners Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler will rematch at 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 this pair’s previous meeting at UFC 201 in July 2016, when Woodley took the belt out of Lawler after brutally knocking him out in the first round.
Woodley (19-4-1) is 9-3-1 overall in the UFC and is coming from a critical five-round decision reduction to Kamaru Usman that watched him fall his belt. Before this Usman struggle, Woodley was on a seven-fight unbeaten streak and he’ll look to get back to the horse with a second triumph over Lawler. If he would like to have any chance of staying in the title picture in 170lbs, he surely must 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 since he’s dropped three of his final four bouts, including a controversial submission loss to Ben Askren in her final fight. Most guessed the UFC would reserve a rematch between Lawler and Askren, but they chose to reserve a rematch with Woodley instead. Much like Woodley, if Lawler has any hopes of ever getting back his belt then he surely needs to win this fight.
The opening lineup for this particular bout has not been published yet, but it is safe to say Woodley is going to be the favorite this time around considering he knocked Lawler out in the first round the last time these two met inside the Octagon.
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