UFC returns to Chicago with an incredible fight card for UFC 238 at the United Center. It's headlined by two title fights.
In the main event, UFC flyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo moves up in weight to challenge Marlon Moraes for the vacant bantamweight title. The belt was vacated after champion TJ Dillashaw failed a drug test for banned substances. In Dillashaw's first title reign, he successfully defended the belt against Renan Barão at a UFC on FOX card in July 2015. It was Dillashaw's final successful title defense before losing the belt to Dominick Cruz.
In the co-main event women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko put her belt on the line against Jessica Eye, a Cleveland, Ohio native.
Shevchenko has fought in Chicago before, famously beating former women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm at a UFC on FOX card in 2016. It was Holm's first fight after dropping the bantamweight title to Miesha Tate at UFC 196.
Eye has also previously fought in Chicago, losing to Tate via unanimous decision at a UFC on FOX card in July of 2015.
The card also features a couple local fighters.
Ricardo Lamas grew up in Hinsdale, attended college in Elmhurst and owns a UFC Cym in Naperville. Eddie Wineland grew up in norhtwest Indiana.
Crystal Lake's Felice Herrig was scheduled to fight on the card but was forced to withdraw after suffering a torn ACL.
Here is everything you need to know about UFC 238 in Chicago.
Time: 5:15 p.m. CT
Date: Sat., June 8, 2019
Where: United Center, Chicago
Where to watch?
UFC 238 PPV Main Events:
135 lbs: UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes
125 lbs: UFC Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Eye
UFC 238 PPV Main Card on ESPN+ (9 p.m. CT):
155 lbs: Donald Cerrone vs. Tony Ferguson
135 lbs: Jimmie Rivera vs. Petr Yan
265 lbs: Blagoy Ivanov vs. Tai Tuivasa
UFC 238 Prelims on ESPN (7 p.m. CT):
115 lbs: Nina Ansaroff vs. Tatiana Suarez
135 lbs: Pedro Munhoz vs. Aljamain Sterling
125 lbs: Alexa Grasso vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
145 lbs: Calvin Kattar vs. Ricardo Lamas
UFC 238 Prelims on UFC Fight Pass (5:15 p.m. CT)
115 lbs: Angela Hill vs. Yan Xiaonan
185 lbs: Bevon Lewis vs. Darren Stewart
135 lbs: Katlyn Chookagian vs. Joanne Calderwood
135 lbs: Eddie Wineland vs. Grigory Pipov
*Fight card, bout order and the amount of matches subject to change.