The second of two weeks in a row with an event from the Ultimate Fighting Championship is this Saturday night from Chicago’s United Center. UFC 238 (main card Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT, 7 p.m. PDT on pay-per-view through ESPN+) features two title fights to headline the show.Coverage begins at 6:15 p.m. EDT, 3:15 p.m. PDT on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ with the early prelims, followed by the late prelims at 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT on ESPN proper.
In the co-main event of the evening, the UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship is at stake, as incumbent champion Valentina Shevchenko (16-3) battles No. 1 contender Jessica Eye (14-6, one no-contest).
The main event of the evening sees the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship for the taking, with No. 4 contender Henry Cejudo (14-2) matching with No. 1 contender Marlon Moraes (22-5-1).
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Co-main event: Women’s Flyweight Championship: Shevchenko vs. Eye
Both fighters enter this contest coming off wins in their last fights.
Heading into this title fight, Jessica Eye is the taller combatant, standing 5-foot-6, one inch taller than Valentina Shevchenko’s 5-foot-5 frame.
Shevchenko has posted a 4-1 record in her last five UFC appearances and enters this contest on a two-fight winning streak. Last time out, she scored a unanimous decision victory against Joanna Jedrzejczyk during UFC 231 in December on pay-per-view during the co-main event in Toronto.
In the other corner, Jessica Eye has posted a 3-2 record during her last five UFC fights and enters this fight on a three-fight winning streak. Most recently, she defeated Katlyn Chookagian during the UFC 231 undercard on FS1 back in December in Toronto.
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UFC.com shows that Valentina Shevchenko holds a one-inch reach advantage (67 inches to 66 inches)over Jessica Eye, with the leg reach level at 38 inches apiece.
Prediction: Valentina Shevchenko by first-round knockout.
Main event: Cejudo vs. Moraes
Both fighters in this fight are 4-1 in their last five fights. Both won last time out.
Entering the main event, Marlon Moraes stands 5-foot-6, two inches taller than Henry Cejudo’s 5-foot-4 frame.
For Henry Cejudo, his last win occurred during UFC on ESPN+ 1 in Brooklyn by first-round knockout vs. TJ Dillashaw in the Flyweight title fight in January. Moraes’ last win occurred during UFC on ESPN+ 2 in Fortaleza vs. Raphael Assuncao by first-round submission in the main event in February.
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UFC.com shows that Moraes owns a three-inch reach advantage (67 inches to 64 inches) over Cejudo, with the leg reach level at 37 inches apiece.
Prediction: Henry Cejudo by second-round knockout.
Three other fights make up Saturday’s main card
No. 2 contender Tony Ferguson (25-3) vs. No. 4 contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (35-11, one-no contest) [Lightweight]
No. 7 contender Jimmie Rivera (22-3) vs. No. 9 contender Petr Yan (12-1) [Bantamweight]
No. 11 contender Tai Tuivasa (10-1) vs. No. 13 contender Blagoy Ivanov (17-2, one no-contest) [Heavyweight]
UFC 238 at a Glance
Early Prelims: Saturday, 6:15 p.m. EDT, 3:15 p.m. PDT, UFC Fight Pass & ESPN+
Late Prelims: Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT, ESPN
Main Card: Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT, 7 p.m. PDT, PPV through ESPN+ (order at espnplus.com/ppv today)
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