UFC 238: Cejudo vs. Moraes Handicapping Tips and Betting Picks
The UFC heads to Chicago, Illinois this week for UFC 238, from the United Center with a 13 fight event.
This fight card is scheduled with 13 bouts, highlighted by the Main Event for the Bantamweight Division Championship as Henry Cejudo takes on Marlon Moraes in a 5-round battle. In the Co-Main Event, Valentina Shevchenko will look to defend her UFC Flyweight Crown against Jessica Eye.
This fight card will be split up between UFC Fight Pass for the Early Prelims, ESPN for the Prelims and ESPN+ for the Pay-Per-View portion of the event.
UFC 238 Fight Card
UFC 238 Main Card (Pay Per View on ESPN+)
135 lbs.: UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo (134) vs. Marlon Moraes (134)
125 lbs.: UFC Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko (124) vs. Jessica Eye (125)
155 lbs.: Tony Ferguson (155) vs. Donald Cerrone (155.5)
135 lbs.: Jimmie Rivera (136) vs. Petr Yan (136)
265 lbs.: Blagoy Ivanov (251) vs. Tai Tuivasa (259)
UFC 238 Preliminary Card (ESPN)
115 lbs.: Nina Ansaroff (115) vs. Tatiana Suarez (114)
135 lbs.: Pedro Munhoz (135.5) vs. Aljamain Sterling (134)
125 lbs.: Alexa Grasso (115) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (116)
145 lbs.: Calvin Kattar (146) vs. Ricardo Lamas (145)
UFC 238 Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
115 lbs.: Angela Hill (116) vs. Yan Xiaonan (116)
185 lbs.: Bevon Lewis (186) vs. Darren Stewart (185.5)
135 lbs.: Katlyn Chookagian (126) vs. Joanne Calderwood (125)
135 lbs.: Eddie Wineland (136) vs. Grigory Pipov (136)
UFC 238 Handicapping
The feature fight of UFC 238 is going to be from the Co-Main Event between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Tony Ferguson in the Lightweight Division. This fight is slated to take place for 3 rounds of 5-minutes per round.
Tony Ferguson enters this fight riding an 11-fight win streak. The last time he lost a fight, was in 2012, when he dropped a bout against Michael Johnson. Most recently, Ferguson has battled injuries that have sort of sidelined him and limited him to just 4 fights over the past 3 years.
In his last fight, Ferguson won via 2nd round stoppage over Anthony Pettis, when Pettis broke his hand and his corner was forced to stop the fight. Ferguson is considered one of the best strikers in the lightweight division and his length make him a matchup nightmare for most smaller lightweights.
That will NOT be the case when it comes to his opponent on Saturday, Donald Cerrone. Cerrone is 36-11 overall and has not lost a fight since the birth of his son. Cerrone seems more level headed and concentrated on each fight and seems to be taking his career more serious, knowing that he has a child to provide for and a family that relies on him.
Cerrone is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Al Iaquinta in the Main Event at UFC on ESPN+9. Cerrone looked phenomenal in that fight and really dictated the pace of the fight against a tough Iaquinta. Cerrone has now fought 3 straight lightweight strikers and Ferguson will make it 4 in a row.
I've said it for many years now that when Cerrone takes fighting serious, he is one of the top caliber talents in the UFC. We have seen it recently that he is poised and if he gets out of the 1st round without any issues, he is a tough fighter to beat. This time, he doesn't have to pace himself for 5-rounds and can let it go early in the fight. I expect Cowboy will take Ferguson to the ground, and eventually get a submission over the striker in Ferguson.