Cejudo battles Moraes as underdog on UFC 238 odds


Henry Cejudo of the USA celebrates his win. (Jason Franson/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

The UFC bantamweight championship will be on the line on Saturday when Henry Cejudo takes on Marlon Moraes in the main event of UFC 238 as a small -105 underdog on the UFC odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Cejudo retained his UFC flyweight title in stunning fashion last time out at UFC Fight Night 143, knocking out TJ Dillashaw in just 32 seconds to pay out on +200 odds and extend his current win streak to four fights going into Saturday night’s matchup at the United Center.

The 32-year-old American’s current win streak started with a second-round TKO victory over Wilson Reis at UFC 215 that earned him his first of two career Performance of the Night bonuses, followed by a three-round unanimous decision win over Sergio Pettis as a -340 favourite at UFC 218. That win set the stage for a long-awaited rematch with Demetrious Johnson for the UFC flyweight title, with Cejudo earning the victory by a controversial split decision, ending Mighty Mouse’s six-year reign as champion.

While Cejudo has competed as a flyweight in all but one of his 10 fights since joining the UFC in 2015, he also enjoys previous experience as a bantamweight, going undefeated in five previous outings at 135 pounds, and earning the WFF bantamweight title.

However, following three straight dominating wins inside five minutes, it is Moraes who will enter the octagon on Saturday night as the favourite, sporting -125 odds at betting sites. Following impressive knockout wins over Aljamain Sterling and Jimmie Rivera, the 31-year-old Brazilian continued the strongest stretch of his career in his last outing.

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.

Earlier in the evening, Valentina Shevchenko will look to defend her UFC women’s flyweight title as she takes on Jessica Eye in the co-main event of the evening as a massive -1100 favourite. As well, Tony Ferguson will try to make a case for a shot at the UFC lightweight crown with a 12th straight victory as he takes on veteran Donald Cerrone as -155 chalk.

Ferguson briefly held the interim UFC lightweight title after submitting Kevin Lee at UFC 216 as a -280 favourite, but faces a reinvigorated Cowboy, who is set as a +125 wager after claiming bonuses in each of the three victories on his longest win streak since 2016.

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