The ordering process for Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-views has changed: UFC 238 is only available on ESPN+ in the U.S.
Marlon Moraes and Henry Cejudo will compete for the vacant bantamweight title. Both are looking to stretch their respective winning runs to five and leave UFC 238 with the belt around their waist. Here are some numbers that may just define their title showdown on June 8.
Octagon appearancesCejudo started his Ultimate Fighting Championship career in 2014 with a victory over Dustin Kimura at UFC on Fox 13. The Olympic gold medalist carried with him a ton of hype, having affirmed his wrestling credentials with a perfect mixed martial arts record. He won his next three outings to set the stage for a flyweight title showdown with Demetrious Johnson, which he eventually lost via first-round TKO.
Cejudo then dropped a split decision to Joseph Benavidez before winning two straight against ranked opponents Wilson Reis and Sergio Pettis to secure a rematch with Johnson. This time, he defeated the pound-for-pound great to win the flyweight title before defending it with a knockout of TJ Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night 143. His UFC record stands at 8-2.
Like Cejudo, Moraes was heavily advertised coming into the UFC. And why not -- the then 29-year-old Brazilian had just defended the World Series of Fighting bantamweight title a record five times. He, however, dropped a split decision to Raphael Assuncao in his 2017 Octagon debut at UFC 212. It was a loss that did nothing to hurt his career, though. Moraes followed it up with a decision over John Dodson before first-round stoppages of Aljamain Sterling, Jimmie Rivera, and the man who dealt him his first and only UFC loss, Assuncao.
Championship experienceBefore achieving UFC gold, Cejudo had earlier captured the World Fighting Federation bantamweight championship by knocking out Anthony Sessions. In all, he has engaged in a championship match four times, having won over Sessions, going 1-1 with Johnson, and beating Dillashaw for his first title defense.
It turns out that Moraes has more championship experience, having won the Ring of Combat featherweight title in his 10th professional fight. As aforementioned, he took the inaugural WSOF bantamweight belt (by beating Josh Rettinghouse) and successfully defended it against Sheymon Moraes, Joseph Barajas, Josenaldo Silva and Josh Hill twice. All that accounts for seven championship bouts.