UFC MAKES OFFICIAL MARLON MORAES VS. HENRY CEJUDO, TYRON WOODLEY VS. ROBBIE LAWLER
The UFC has booked the main event 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 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 promotion.
Moraes (22-5-1) is the prior 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 three fights. Most desired 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 obtain a new opponent 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 now riding a four-fight win series that includes back-to-back wins over Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson. He is obviously the ideal flyweight on the planet, and it’s going to be intriguing to see whether he can move up to bantamweight and become a rare double champion in his new division.
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 the link to see more of Kalikas’ rationale 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 at the main event of UFC on ESPN 4, which takes place June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The news broke. This 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 initial round.
Woodley (19-4-1) is 9-3-1 overall at the UFC and is coming off of a decisive 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’ll look to get back to the horse using another win over Lawler. If he would like to have any chance of staying at 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 the final four bouts, including a controversial submission loss to Ben Askren in her final fight. Most figured the UFC would reserve a rematch between Lawler and Askren, but they decided to reserve a rematch with Woodley instead. Much like Woodley, if Lawler has any hopes of getting his belt back afterward he surely needs to win this battle.
The opening line for this particular bout has not been published yet, but it’s safe to say that Woodley will be the favorite this time around believing he pumped Lawler out in the first round the last time these two met inside the Octagon.
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