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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 of these bouts that are newly-announced.
UFC 238 vs. Henry Cejudo, marlon Moraes The empty UFC bantamweight title will be up for grabs when Marlon Moraes takes on Henry Cejudo in the primary event of UFC 238, which is set for June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The promotion has made the bout official.
Moraes (22-5-1) is the former WSOF bantamweight champion and he has looked incredible since linking the UFC, going 4-1 overall in the Octagon including three successive first-round finishes over Raphael Assuncao, Jimmie Rivera and Aljamain Sterling in his last 3 fights. Most desired to watch Moraes get a title shot against former winner TJ Dillashaw, but when the champ tested positive and gave up his belt it supposed the UFC must 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 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 is clearly the best flyweight in the world, and it will be interesting to see if he can proceed around bantamweight and become a rare double winner 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 link to read more of Kalikas’ reason for why he started the line how he did.
Tyron Woodley vs. Robbie Lawler UFC on ESPN 4, 2 Former UFC welterweight winners Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler will rematch in the main event of UFC on ESPN 4, which takes place June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The information broke. This is a rematch of the pair’s previous meeting at UFC 201 in July 2016, when Woodley took the belt from Lawler after viciously knocking him out in the first round.
Woodley (19-4-1) is 9-3-1 overall in the UFC and is coming from a decisive five-round decision reduction to Kamaru Usman that saw him fall his belt. Before the Usman struggle, Woodley was on a seven-fight unbeaten streak and he’ll look to get back on the horse using another triumph over Lawler. If he would like to have any chance of staying at the title picture in 170lbs, he absolutely must win this fight.
Lawler (28-13, 1 NC) is 13-8 all-time in the UFC but has fallen on hard times as of late as he’s dropped three of the last four bouts, such as a contentious submission loss to Ben Askren in her final fight. Most figured the UFC would book a rematch between Lawler and Askren, but they chose to book a rematch with Woodley instead. Much like Woodley, if Lawler has any hopes of ever getting his belt back afterward he surely must win this battle.
The opening lineup for this particular bout hasn’t been published yet, but it is safe to say that Woodley is going to 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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