Published: Sun, June 09, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

UFC 238, Cejudo vs. Moraes: Full results and highlights

UFC 238, Cejudo vs. Moraes: Full results and highlights

It is a status known to fight fans as being a "champ champ", but Cejudo gave himself a different label after his historic victory.

"I want to start getting paid", he said.

Ferguson says he is happy to run that fight back but he also called out Conor McGregor and declared he wanted the victor of the undisputed lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier. "I want to start making heavyweight money".

Cejudo (15-2) said he had a severely sprained ankle heading into the fight but overcame it despite the pain.

Cody Garbrandt made his response to Henry Cejudo on Twitter, assuring he'll be back at the top of division soon and welcoming a fight with the champ at that point.

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Cejudo picked up where he left off in the third, immediately going after Moraes's head with jab after jab.

American Cejudo, 32, battled back after a torrid opening round to dramatically turn the contest in his favour, as he closed the distance on his opponent and found success with his close-range boxing and Muay Thai knees. From there, Cejudo snapped Moraes to the mat and locked in an arm-in choke, which Moraes defended. Unable to get back to his feet, Moraes faced a barrage of strikes from underneath Cejudo. Posturing up one last time, Cejudo unloaded with more elbows and punches to the head of the downed Moraes, prompting the referee to step in and stop the contest with nine seconds left in the round.

Valentina Shevchenko's first title defense ended in highlight-reel fashion.

Moraes avenged a split decision loss to Raphael Assunção in his UFC debut at UFC 212 that marks his only defeat at 135 pounds by submitting the No. 2 contender in just 3:17 at UFC Fight Night 144, rewarding bettors as -160 chalk and earning a third straight Performance of the Night bonus.

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