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UFC 238: Henry Cejudo defeats Marlon Moraes, becomes fourth simlutaneous two-weight champion in UFC history

UFC 238: Henry Cejudo defeats Marlon Moraes, becomes fourth simlutaneous two-weight champion in UFC history

Simultaneous two-weight champions are all the rage in the UFC right now, and Henry Cejudo joined the exclusive - and growing - group of fighters on Saturday night at UFC 238 in Chicago.

After Marlon Moraes controlled the first round, Cejudo fought back with heavy knees from the clinch in the second and third rounds. In the final seconds of the third round, Cejudo had Moraes on the mat and was dropping heavy punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight seconds before the final horn to win the vacant bantamweight championship.

Cejudo is the reigning flyweight champion and with the 135-pound strap in his possession, Cejudo becomes the fourth fighter to be a simultaneous two-weight champion, joining Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes. The list of fighters who have won belts in two different UFC weight classes has grown to seven, with Randy Couture, BJ Penn and Georges St. Pierre.

McGregor, the founding member of the simultaneous two-weight champion club, congratulated Cejudo on Twitter.

Nunes is currently the only other fighter to currently be holding two belts. Cormier vacated the light heavyweight title and remains the heavyweight champion.

Cejudo also took exception to being labeled a champ-champ, noting that he also is an Olympic gold medalist making him a triple champion and in his words, "the greatest combat sports athlete of all time."

“I’m not a double champion, I’m a triple champion: Olympic champion, flyweight champion and now bantamweight champion of the UFC, Cejudo said. "I’m the only person in the world who has all these titles, nobody else.

"Whether you hate me or you love me, I’m the pound-for-pound king." 

Now the focus turns to the flyweight division. Will Cejudo defend the flyweight belt? Will the UFC dissolve the flyweight division and Cejudo will just carry on as the bantamweight champion?

"I want to rest and I’ll be ready to fight in the end of the year, in 'Cejudo’s division,'" Cejudo said. "I can fight at 125, 135 or 145. I’m ready for any of those.“

‘The Book’ in Hammond brings sports betting to Chicago

‘The Book’ in Hammond brings sports betting to Chicago

Sports wagering is officially off and running in the Chicagoland area.

On Wednesday, former Bears running back Matt Forte was part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, as they officially opened their sportsbook for customers to place their bets.

‘The Book’ in Hammond is taking sports wagers for all professional sports, including those outside of MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL.

On May 8, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb officially signed a new law allowing 13 brick-and-mortar casinos to apply for licenses.

Two months later, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker followed suit.  But the two-month gap in-laws passing has allowed Indiana to get the first crack at the Chicago market, which is significant.

The goal for Indiana all along was to be open for business by Week 1 of the NFL season when the Bears host the Packers in the kickoff of the 100th season of the National Football League. 

What does it mean for Illinois? Well, for now, Illinois has to wait.

The positive? The bill has been signed into law.

The negative? Several hurdles remain before a brick-and-mortar casino will be good to go for customers to place sports wagers.

While Indiana offers a short commute to place a sports wager, it looks like Illinois may have to wait as long as Super Bowl Sunday before they can say the same.

Texas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. visits sister Diamond at Sky shootaround

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Texas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. visits sister Diamond at Sky shootaround

The Texas Rangers are in town for their three-game set with the White Sox, which kicked off on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field but that didn't stop outfielder Delino Deshields from making some time for family. 

DeShields' sister is none other than Chicago Sky wing scorer Diamond DeShields. 

Diamond is averaging a career-high 15.3 points per game and has helped lead the Sky back to the postseason for the first time since 2016. 

Delino (Jr.) was only able to stick around for the Sky's morning shootaround, as he obviously had to be back with the Rangers in time for Friday night's game. 

Delino may be a good luck charm for Diamond, as she chipped in 22 points and four rebounds in a win on the day of his visit. It was the first win the Sky has had over the Washington Mystics since they traded superstar Elena Delle Donne back in 2016.