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Henry Cejudo becomes 4th UFC fighter to hold 2 belts at once; Tony Ferguson gets TKO win vs. Donald Cerrone

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CHICAGO — Just when it looked like Marlon Moraes may have found Henry Cejudo’s Kryptonite, Cejudo turned the tide and made UFC history. Cejudo (15-2 MMA, 9…
CHICAGO — Just when it looked like Marlon Moraes may have found Henry Cejudo’s Kryptonite, Cejudo turned the tide and made UFC history.
Cejudo (15-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC), already the UFC’s flyweight champion, now is the bantamweight champ, as well, after a third-round TKO of Marlon Moraes (22-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in a fight for a belt vacated by the now drug-suspended T. J. Dillashaw.
Cejudo got the stoppage at the 4:51 mark of the middle frame after a barrage of punches and elbows on the canvas right in front of Moraes’ corner. Cejudo now is the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold two titles at the same time, joining Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes.
The vacant bantamweight title bout was the main event of Saturday’s UFC 238 show at United Center in Chicago. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.
Moraes kicked Cejudo’s left leg immediately, then went high with a kick moments later. Cejudo tried his own high kick, but Moraes easily slid out of the way. After a Cejudo kick, the two got into a brief firefight, then two more moments later. Moraes again went after Cejudo’s lead leg with a kick, but Cejudo stayed on his feet.
A little past two minutes in, Cejudo went for his first takedown and briefly had Moraes on the canvas. Back on the feet, Cejudo kicked high, then tried to follow it with several punches before Moraes countered. With a minute left, Moraes kicked to the body, then with 30 seconds left again attacked Cejudo’s down low.
The swinging continued from both fighters in the second. A spinning kick from Moraes was met with a right hand from Cejudo when he missed. But then Moraes went right back to attacking Cejudo’s legs. If Cejudo changed stances, Moraes just went after a different leg than the one he went after before.
Moraes briefly knocked Cejudo off his feet with two minutes left, and then the two started swinging again. They both landed and Cejudo tried to find some momentum with jabs. Moraes landed an uppercut, then ate a knee. But he answered with a head kick before backing up looking plenty wobbled.

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