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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.“

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Chicago Red Stars come up short in first-ever NWSL final appearance

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Chicago Red Stars come up short in first-ever NWSL final appearance

For all the positive momentum and attention the Chicago Red Stars received for reaching the NWSL Championship, things unraveled quickly once the game kicked off.

The Red Stars’ first appearance in the NWSL final was not one to remember. The host North Carolina Courage won 4-0 to win their second straight NWSL title.

Vanessa DiBernardo had an early shot for the Red Stars in the second minute which required a solid save from Stephanie Labbe. After that, the Red Stars were under siege,

The top-seeded Courage got a goal in the fourth minute from Debinha and kept piling on the pressure. Two more goals put the game out of reach before the break. U.S. national teamer Sam Mewis added a fourth goal on a header in the second half.

Red Stars forward Sam Kerr, who broke her own single-season record with 18 goals this season and was named the league MVP just days before the final, was unable to get on the board. The Australian had a pair of solid chances, but couldn’t convert.

The Red Stars went 2-0-1 against the Courage in the regular season and Kerr scored in all three of those games. Neither of those trends continued.

The Red Stars’ season featured a fifth straight playoff appearance and a first-ever final appearance. They won a semifinal in front of a raucous home crowd the week before. They also had a record crowd of 17,388 in a July 21 match that was the first game back for the team’s returning World Cup winners. However, the final defeat, and especially the way it happened, will leave a bitter taste in their mouths.


Red Stars coach Rory Dames tweeted out some reaction to the final.