It was a spectacular night of UFC Mixed Martial Arts in Chicago with a double main event and 2 titles on the line. Ultimate Fight Championship fans traveled from all over the world to be in the United Center for UFC 238 and the results were as follows:
Kattar def. Lamas (KO)
Grasso def. Kowalkiewicz (Decision)
Sterling def. Munhoz (Decision)
Suarez def. Ansaroff (Decision)
Ivanov def. Tuivasa (Decision)
Yan def. Rivera (Decision)
Ferguson def. Cerrone (TKO – Doctor stoppage)
Shevchenko def. Eye (KO) to retain UFC Women’s World Flyweight Championship
Cejudo def. Moraes (KO) to win UFC World Bantamweight Championship. Cejudo is now the unified UFC Bantamweight and Flyweight World Champion
In the opening bout of the Prelims, Calvin Kattar won by knockout improving his record to 20-3 vs. Ricardo Lamas Next we saw a featured prelims matchup, former UFC world championship challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz was surprisingly dominated by Alexa Grasso who won on all score card so 30-27 and improved her record to 11-2. Next, Aljamain Sterling defeated Pedro Munhoz in a batamweight showdown where likely Sterling will now be in line for a title opportunity. In the UFC 238 prelims main event, it was a heated contest between undefeated Tatiana Suarez squared off against Nina Ansaroff, and Tatiana would remain undefeated with a strong decision victory furthering her campaign for a women’s strawweight title fight she hopes to have in the near future.
The main card action started at 10pm eastern time and would be a stellar event in front of a capacity Chicago audience. Blagoy Ivanov would begin the main card festivities with an impressive decision victory over Tai Tuivasa. The win would raise Ivanov’s record to 18-2. Next, Petr Yan would remain “once defeated” with a decision win against Jimmie Rivera. Yan now stands with an impressive record of 13-1. The final fight before gold would be on the line would be between Tony Ferguson and Donald Cerrone, and it would be the main card’s first fight that did not go the distance as Ferguson stopped Cerrone in the 2nd round improving his record to 25-3. This fight would end in a bit of controversy as the official decision was a doctor’s stoppage seemingly brought on by what looked to be a strike from Ferguson to Cerrone after the round had come to an end.
The co-main event for the UFC Women’s Flyweight championship of the world would be next as Valentina Shevchenko put her title on the line against Jessica Eye. From the outset, Shevchenko showed the world why she is one of the best female MMA stars in the entire world, and would dominate throughout the fight, eventually improving her record to 17-3 with a 2nd round KO.
In the main event of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s 238th mega-event, UFC Flyweight Champion of the World Henry Cejudo would attempt to gain legendary status as a UFC ‘Champ Champ’ as he went one on one against Marlon Moraes for the vacant UFC World Bantamweight Championship. The fight looked to be controlled by Moraes in the first round as he controlled the pace in the fight’s initial five minutes, however Cejudo would have an epic comeback. He would dominate round 2, and just before round 3 ended, the referee stepped in to stop the fight as Henry grounded, pounded, and hand strikes smashed his way to a TKO victory and the UFC World Bantamweight Championship. After the fight, Cejudo claimed to be “pound for pound king and the best in the world”.
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