First, Olympic Gold second, flyweight title and now, a bantamweight title! Henry Cejudo is the self-proclaimed ‘triple champ,’ after an epic third-round TKO win versus Marlon Moraes at UFC 238.
Third round TKO win
Despite an early onslaught from Marlon Moraes in the opening round, Henry Cejudo made an impressive comeback with a barrage of ground and pound strikes that saw the Brazilian fighter exhausted, forcing referee Marc Goddard to stop the fight with nine seconds of the third round remaining.
UFC 238 victory despite a sprained left ankle
Surprising, isn’t it? The combat athlete pulled off a historic win despite a sprained left ankle before the fight. He said, “I was fighting adversity. I sprained my left ankle. I couldn’t do much, but I still wanted to fight. I taped it up and stuck to it.” He also talked about losing the opening round to Moraes. He said, “It was all desire. I knew Marlon was throwing a lot of power. And I knew that when you throw that much power, you’re going to get burned.”
Henry Cejudo joins an elite list of ‘champ champs’
Emerging victorious at UFC 238, Henry Cejudo joins Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes as the fourth fighter to hold two titles simultaneously. Not to mention his wrestling career, he also won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in freestyle wrestling.
Valentina Shevchenko dominates women’s UFC with a devastating head kick
Flyweight world champion Valentina Shevchenko retained her title with a devasting head kick to Jessica Eye. The Kyrgyzstani-Peruvian fighter hit a slew of forceful body kicks in the first round, followed by what’s now regarded as ‘one of the most brutal head kick knockouts of all time’ to defeat Jessica. Check out the highlights.
Controversy strikes Donald Cerrone vs Tony Ferguson fight
Tony Ferguson and Donald Cerrone put on an epic show, looking like they were going into the third 1 round a piece. The final round fraught with controversy after Ferguson landed an illegal shot that damaged Cerrone’s nose. After several replays, the bout got ruled a TKO victory for Ferguson.
UFC 242 coming to Abu Dhabi this September
The adrenaline-filled MMA organization will be coming to the capital this September after five years. Earlier this month, UFC’s reigning Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was confirmed for the fight night, facing Dustin Poirier.