The UFC has reserved the principal occasion for the upcoming UFC 238 card in addition to the main event for an upcoming Fight Night event. Below are my thoughts on both of these newly-announced bouts.
Marlon Moraes vs. Henry Cejudo, UFC 238 The vacant UFC bantamweight title will probably be up for grabs if Marlon Moraes takes on Henry Cejudo in the main event of UFC 238, which 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 has looked incredible since joining the UFC, going 4-1 overall from the Octagon including three successive first-round finishes over Raphael Assuncao, Jimmie Rivera and Aljamain Sterling in his last three fights. Most wanted to watch Moraes get a title shot against former winner TJ Dillashaw, however when the champ tested positive and gave his belt up it supposed the UFC must obtain a new opponent for him.
Cejudo (14-2) is the UFC flyweight champion and he got the call to struggle for 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 streak which includes back-end wins over Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson. He is obviously the best flyweight on the planet, and it will be intriguing to see whether he can proceed up to bantamweight and eventually become a rare double champion in his new division.
MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has released the starting line for this particular bout. Moraes opened as a -185 favorite, with Cejudo as a +145 underdog. Click on the link to see more of Kalikas’ rationale for why he opened the line the way he did.
Tyron Woodley vs. Robbie Lawler 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. The information broke. This is a rematch of this pair’s previous meeting at UFC 201 in July 2016, when Woodley took the belt from 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 drop 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 using a second triumph over Lawler. If he wants to have any chance of staying at the title picture at 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 since he has dropped three of his last four bouts, including a contentious submission loss to Ben Askren in her last struggle. 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 afterward he surely needs to win this battle.
The opening line for this particular bout has not been released 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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