Henry Cejudo is officially one of the best fighters in the world. The reigning UFC Men’s Flyweight Champion added the bantamweight title to his impressive trophy case. Cejudo scored a third-round TKO victory over Marlon Moraes in the main event at UFC 238 in Chicago. The Olympic Gold medalist proclaimed himself the greatest combat sports athlete of all time, and quite frankly, you can’t call him crazy.
You might have someone else like Jon Jones, Anderson Silva or another legend ahead of him, but Cejudo isn’t making baseless claims. No other combat sports athlete has ever won a gold medal and held two UFC world championships. His list of accomplishments is truly special, and he’s not done. When the fight was over, Cejudo called out Dominick Cruz, and even announced his intentions to add a featherweight title to his trophy case.
Here is a look at the results from the entire evening in Chicago from my Octagonside live blog.
Henry Cejudo def. Marlon Moraes via R3 TKO
Moraes looks faster and his strikes have a lot of snap on them. Cejudo had a couple failed attempts to take this fight to the ground as the Brazilian has proven to be too slippery and dangerous thus far. This was easily Moraes’ round.
Mazique Scores the Round for Moraes, 10-9
The second frame was a classic championship round. Just when it seemed Cejudo was simply outgunned, he began to fire back with hard right hands that visibly slowed Moraes. Cejudo also landed some hard knees from the clinch to take control of the round.
Mazique Scores the Round for Cejudo 10-9, 19-19 overall
Cejudo took over this fight and imposed his will. He earned the stoppage via ground and pound as he simply broke Moraes down en route to making history. This was a spectacular performance and he is now the third man in history to hold championships in two different weight classes.
The fact that he looked lost in the first round only makes his adjustments and win even better.
Valentina Shevchenko def. Jessica Eye R2 KO
The crowd wasn’t very patient with this matchup. Early on, Shevchenko took Eye down with a powerful trip and body lock, but she was unable to mount offense from the top, though she maintained position.
Fans began to boo until Eye made it to her feet. Shevchenko never released the body lock and quickly deposited Eye back to the mat. Quite simply, if Eye can’t find an answer for Shevchenko’s takedowns and top position, it’s going to be a long night. A few ground-and-pound elbows and a near-crucifix secured the round for Shevchenko.
Mazique Scores it 10-9 for Shevchenko
Wow. That was devastating and scary. Shevchenko destroyed Eye with a hellacious right head kick and the fight is over. Eye didn’t move for several minutes while on the mat, but she finally made it to a sit-up position and then with help, was sat on a stool. That was one of the scariest knockouts I’ve seen in over 30 years of combat sports consumption and coverage.
— Jason Floyd (@Jason_Floyd) June 9, 2019
Tony Ferguson def. Donald Cerrone via R2 TKO
It’s time for the fight that most fans in the building are waiting for, and if you had any doubts, the sound in the arena when Cerrone showed up on the big screen should answer all of those questions.
This place is deafening and for good reason. The first round was as advertised as the two men traded shots throughout. There was so much action on both sides, it’s hard to pick a winner. I give a slight edge to Ferguson. Honestly, it could have gone either way.
Mazique Scores it for Ferguson 10-9
Another absolutely stellar round and these two are predictably stealing the show. Ferguson is showing no rust from his layoff. His pressure is beginning to break Cerrone down. He’s landing laser-like straight punches and T-kicks to take the second round.
Mazique Scores it for Ferguson 10-9, 20-18 overall
Between the second and third round, Cerrone’s right eye swoll up almost instantly after he blew his nose. He had taken a ton of shots in the second round, and his eye was swollen shut. The Octagonside doctor stepped in to stop the fight and appointed Ferguson the winner.
It was a great fight and an anticlimactic ending. The fans booed vigorously as Ferguson tried to complete his post-fight interview and he gave way to Cerrone, who was clearly the crowd favorite. The doctor made the right call, and truthfully, Ferguson was well on his way to a win anyway.
The treatment from the fans was unfair
Clay Guida vs. Diego Sanchez is Inducted Into the Hall of Fame
I’d actually forgotten how great that fight was, but props go to the UFC’s production crew for bringing the bout back to life.
Petr Yan def. Jimmie Rivera via UD (30-27, 29-28×2)
Google isn’t helping me out with these two walkout songs, but Rivera’s sounds like effective aggression, so he wins.
The first frame was active, but technical, which is usually among the most underappreciated styles of fights you’ll see. To the credit of the Chicago fans, there were some appropriate cheers for solid action including a nice scramble toward the end of the round. Rivera had done great work early, but Yan snatched the round when he dropped Rivera with a flush right hand on the chin. Rivera wasn’t hurt terribly but definitely dazed.
Mazique Scored it for Yan, 10-9
Every time it appears Rivera might be finding some success, Yan asserts his superiority. At the close of a fairly close round, that Yan was already winning, he landed a left head kick that Rivera ate.
Moments later, and again just before the horn, Yan dropped him with a stiff right hand. Rivera needs a stoppage to win.
— UFC (@ufc) June 9, 2019
Mazique Scores it for Yan 10-9, and 20-18 overall
Rivera finally avoided the knockdown late in the round and he thoroughly outfought Yan in that frame. He was slick, fresh and his punches and kicks found their mark with regularity. If he had been able to duplicate this performance in one of the first two rounds, he would have gotten the nod on my card.
Mazique Scores it for Rivera 10-9, and 29-28 for Yan.
Blagoy Ivanov def. Tai Tuivasa via UD (29-28 and 30-27×2)
Google couldn’t make out Ivanov’s walkout song, but it didn’t matter because nothing would have been more impacting than Tuivasa’s choice of Bryan Adams’ Everything I Do. For a heavyweight wrecking machine like Tuivasa to choose that song is just the greatest thing ever.
Early on, it looks like Ivanov and Tuivasa want to give us the second coming of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Mark Hunt. Tuivasa was dropped early from a combination. He didn’t look badly hurt, but coupled with the other more impressive work done by Ivanov, the Bulgarian won the round.
Mazique Scores it For Ivanov 10-9
This is a war, but Ivanov is sharper and better conditioned. While Tuivasa is still dangerous because of his heavy hands, he’s not able to land with the same regularity. At the close of the round, Ivanov had a guillotine in and it appeared Tuivasa tapped, but it was well after the horn. Still, the round belongs to Ivanov.
Mazique Scores it For Ivanov 10-9, and 20-18 overall
There were moments in the third round and the entire fight that looked and felt like a dramatic sequence from a WWE championship match, and I mean that as a compliment. The two heavyweights traded some titanic shots and neither went down, but again, Ivanov did the better work and won the round.
Mazique Scores it For Ivanov 10-9, and 30-27 overall.
Tatiana Suarez def. Nina Ansaroff by UD (29-28×3)
Shakira’s Try Everything brings Nina Ansaroff to the Octagon. Suarez is out to Heads Will Roll by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Neither of these tracks resonates with me, but Heads Will Roll feels more like a fight song.
Suarez doesn’t play games; she sticks to her Plan A, and it is a dominant primary strategy. Within the first 30 seconds of the first round, she chased the takedown. Ansaroff initially stuffed it, but Suarez remained persistent and secured the manuever. Ansaroff was able to get back to her feet, but Suarez planted her back down moments after and remained on top to easily take the round.
Mazique Scores the Round for Suarez 10-9
Suarez is putting on a top control clinic. She gained another takedown and stayed on top through most of the round. We saw Suarez land a knee to the crotch that caused a pause. The crowd booed, but the shot was still landed in a restricted striking area. It was another easy round for Suarez.
Mazique Scores the Round for Suarez 10-9, and 20-18 overall.
Give Ansaroff a ton of credit. She was well prepared for this fight. She fought the takedowns well throughout and didn’t take a lot of damage even when she was on her back. She came on strong in the final round and won it on my scorecard. A flurry of strikes at the end of the fight were her best moments and enough to take the frame.
Mazique Scores the Round 10-9 for Ansaroff, and 29-28 for Suarez.
Official Result: Suarez wins 29-28×3
Ansaroff fought the best fight she could have and fell short. However, she might have helped to write the blueprint for beating Suarez. If an opponent is as prepared to fight the takedowns, a bit more athletic with more zip on their strikes, the outcome could be different.
Aljamain Sterling def. Pedro Munhoz (30-27×3)
Munhoz just made Lil Xan upset. He’s walking out to 2 Pac’s Ambitionz as a Ridah. It’ll be hard for Sterling to beat that one. He responds with Joyner Lucas’ I Love…and the winner is Munhoz. Ambitionz as a Ridah is about the most fight-ready song ever.
There have been some excellent rounds tonight, but the first frame between Sterling and Munhoz might have been the best yet. Sterling got the better of the exchanges, but Munhoz continued to walk forward eating shots. His chin is made of adamantium. Still, this was Sterling’s round.
Mazique Scores it For Sterling, 10-9.
OK, the second round was even better than the first. Sterling hit Munhoz with some crazy shots and wobbled him once, but the latter mostly ate them and kept coming. He even dropped Sterling momentarily with a calf kick and went for his vaunted guillotine, but couldn’t get it as Sterling scrambled to his feet.
The round goes to Sterling, but the constant pressure is wearing on him.
Mazique Scores it For Sterling 10-9, 20-18 overall.
What a fight. It will be hard to beat that one for Fight of the Night, but then again, Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone is still to come. I scored the last round for Sterling. He moved effectively, continued to land, though he was a bit more elusive as he likely felt he was up on the cards.
Mazique Scores it For Sterling 10-9, 30-27 overall.
Official Result: Sterling wins 30-27×3
Alexa Grasso def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz by UD (30-27×3)
Grasso gets the crowd hyped with M.I.A’s Paper Planes, and Kowalkiewicz follows her to the Octagon with Iggy Pop’s The Passenger. Both are solid choices, but we have to go with the boom bap of Paper Planes to give Grasso the walkout edge.
The first frame was action-packed. Kowalkiewicz looked to be sitting lower in her stance expecting a shot from Grasso, but it never came. Grasso wanted to stand and her maturation in that area is apparent. She did fantastic on her feet and landed the more effective strikes to take the first round.
Mazique Scores it 10-9 for Grasso.
Again, Grasso insisted on keeping the fight standing and she mostly punished the advancing Kowalkiewicz with well-placed counter right hands and left hooks that also found the mark. This round also goes to Grasso.
Mazique Scores it 10-9 for Grasso, and 20-18 overall.
The third round might have been the most dominant for Grasso. She repeatedly got the better of Kowalkiewicz in the clinch, which is an accomplishment considering the latter’s base is Muay Thai. Grasso had an answer for everything Kowalkiewicz tried including a late takedown attempt where the former tried to pull guard and nearly had a guillotine locked up as the horn sounded.
Grasso’s game has grown by leaps and bounds and she looks like a real contender. She takes the final round on my card.
Mazique Scores it 10-9 for Grasso and 30-27 overall.
Official Result: 30-27×3 for Grasso
Calvin Kattar def. Ricardo Lamas R1 KO
Kattar chose Tom Petty’s Won’t Back Down as his walkout song. Has there ever been a soft rock song packed with more testosterone? Lamas walks out to the epic Cuba Isla Bella by Orishas. I’d never heard it, and I don’t speak Spanish, but it’s pretty awesome. I was ready to give the walkout song edge to Kattar, but Lamas comes in with the steal.
So much for winning the walkout song battle. Kattar looked to be the quicker and more effective puncher from the beginning. Honestly, within the first 30 seconds of the bout, it looked like only a matter time before Kattar dropped Lamas. That’s exactly what happened and in destructive fashion.
— UFC (@ufc) June 9, 2019
A vicious combination put Lamas down face first and referee Dan Miragliotta was forced to call a halt to the bout. Kattar looks like he is back from an April 2018 loss to Renato Carneiro and ready to seriously challenge at featherweight.
WHAT A FINISH!!!! CALVIN KATTAR!!!! #UFC238
— Cageside Press (@Cagesidepress) June 9, 2019
— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) June 9, 2019
Xiaonan Yan def. Angela Hill (UD 29-28×3)
Hill is out to Skulls by The Misfits, and Google didn’t recognize Yan’s walkout track, but as I listen to it, I immediately feel like a warrior.
Hill broke open an even round when she landed a Superwoman Punch that led to a brief ground sequence with her on top. Yan got to her feet but would wind up going back to the ground later in the round. From her back, Hill threatened a triangle choke as the round expired. Hill wins 10-9.
Mazique Has it For Hill 10-9
There were some tense moments early in the second frame for Hill. She was dropped after a couple of strikes from Yan, partially because she was off balance, but also because of the strikes and some possible fatigue. Hill seemed to have lost some steam after chasing the submission.
She would get some of her wind back and have some moments, but this was still Yan’s round, 10-9.
Mazique Has it Even 19-19
This final round was extremely close. While Yan looked to be the fresher fighter, Hill’s constant pressure and counter punching were enough to snag a razor-thin decision and this third round in my eyes. Hill wins it 10-9 on my card.
Mazique Has it For Hill 29-28
Official Result: Yan 29-28×3
I can’t argue with the decision. The rounds were close and Hill’s body language in the third looked like that of a fighter who hadn’t gotten the better of the three-round battle. That’s an important factor.
Darren Stewart vs. Bevon Lewis
Lewis won the walkout song battle. He’s out to Naughty by Nature’s Uptown Anthem (a personal favorite). Stewart walked out to a British hip-hop track that Google didn’t recognize.
Two early leg kicks from Stewart took Lewis off balance. The latter immediately went looking for a takedown. That attempt was stuffed and Stewart landed a knee to the midsection in the clinch. Lewis spent most of the round trying to get the fight to the ground, but he was unsuccessful with Stewart seemingly damaging his front leg with kicks.
Meanwhile, there is a very loud and profane Stewart supporter 30 feet behind me who is rather entertaining. Round goes to Stewart, 10-9.
Mazique Has it For Stewart 10-9
This was a pretty ho-hum round with Stewart chasing most of the time. However, better strikes seemed to be landed by Lewis. Still, it was a quiet round and that can go either way with the judges. Stewart still landed leg kicks and seemed to be the boss in the cage. The lack of action is drawing some boos and I scored it 10-9 for Lewis.
Mazique Has it Even 19-19
Another slow round had fans giving it to both fighters, but Stewart did enough to take it with more effective pressure and leg kicks. Quite honestly, if he had been more persistent with that attack, he might have gotten the stoppage. I scored it 10-9 for Stewart.
Official Result – Stewart by UD (29-28×2, 30-27)
Eddie Wineland def. Grigory Popov – R2 KO
We’re set for a second scrap of the night. Popov is taking on Wineland, a local favorite. According to Google, Popov walked out to Legend of the Ancient Fight. Wineland, who received a huge pop, came out to Big Iron by Johnny Cash.
Strong first frame for Wineland. He opened up a cut on the left side of Popov’s face early on. Wineland landed a number of hard punches that forced his opponent backward. Popov tried to slow the assault with some hard inside leg kicks, but this round belonged to Wineland, 10-9.
Mazique Has it For Wineland 10-9
Popov seemed determined to stand in the pocket. He was willing to take two shots to give one back that might have turned the fight around. Instead, he ate some killer combinations and the final series of shots led to a vicious stoppage victory for Wineland.
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— UFC (@ufc) June 8, 2019
Popov showed some toughness, but this was a nasty beatdown in the second round. During the post-fight interview, the 35-year-old Wineland expressed his desire to continue to fight but didn’t call out an opponent. On the losing side, Popov just walked past me in the media area, and his face is pretty battered. The texture looked like partially melted leather. He’s a tough guy, but this was a beating.
Katlyn Chookagian def. Joanne Calderwood – UD (30-27, 29-28×2)
We’re underway in Chicago. Calderwood is the first to the Octagon and she’s out to Michael Sembello’s “Maniac.” The crowd seems to love it, and Calderwood. Chookagian follows with DMX’s “Where The Hood At?” We are minutes away from our first fight of the night.
In a very competitive and even first round, it was difficult to determine a clear winner. However, Calderwood seemed to provide the volume largely on the strength of an assault on Chookagian’s lead leg. Calderwood’s inside leg kick had Chookagian’s front leg beet red midway through the round. However, Chookagian landed the biggest combination with a straight punch followed by a well-placed knee to the face.
I scored the round for Calderwood 10-9.
Mazique Has it For Calderwood 10-9
Calderwood took some hard shots from Chookagian who seemed to be sitting on her punches a bit more in that round, but the former continued her assault on the lead leg, and also landed two hard takedowns. It was enough to win her the round on my card, 10-9.
Mazique Has it For Calderwood 20-18
Chookagian continued to show the faster hands in the final round, although Calderwood landed another hard takedown. In the final frame, I thought Chookagian landed too many hard combinations to ignore, and she earned this round on my card. Chookagian was also the fresher fighter in the final seconds as Calderwood began to clown a bit to hide the fatigue.
— UFC (@ufc) June 8, 2019
Mazique Scored it For Calderwood 29-28 on my card
Chookagian got the nod from the judges 30-27, 29-28×2. The crowd here at the United Center booed that decision loudly. Depending on how you scored the first round, it’s possible to score it for Chookagian 29-28, but I have no idea how anybody scores that one 30-27.
I had it 30-27 Chookagian, probably the closest 30-27 I can remember. I wouldn’t be surprised if Calderwood walked away with a 29-28 either #UFC238
— Anthony Walker (@AntWalkerMMA) June 8, 2019