While Henry Cejudo’s immediate future as UFC flyweight champion is up in the air, the former Olympic gold medalist will have peace of mind after picking up the vacant bantamweight championship.
Following a tricky first-round against Moraes where the Brazilian’s size and kicking ability caused problem after problem, Cejudo adjusted in the second and third to get inside and punish his opponent.
With little left of the third round however, Cejudo jumped on an anaconda choke attempt that grounded an increasingly dejected Moraes. From there, Cejudo bailed out of the submission attempt and a barrage of elbows and punches on the ground gave referee Marc Goddard no choice but to stop the bout and cement Cejudo as the latest ‘double champ’ in the UFC.
Meanwhile in the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko scored a knockout of the year contender against Jessica Eye with a brutal head kick while Tony Ferguson continued to make history as he extended his win streak to 12 after forcing a doctor’s stoppage against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.
Henry Cejudo def. Marlon Moraes via TKO (Round 3, 4:51)
Valentina Shevchenko def. Jessica Eye via KO (Round 2, 0:26)
Tony Ferguson def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) (Round 2, 5:00)
Petr Yan def. Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Blagoy Ivanov def. Tai Tuivasa via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Tatiana Suarez def. Nina Ansaroff via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Aljamain Sterling def. Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alexa Grasso def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Calvin Kattar def. Ricardo Lamas via TKO (Round 1, 4:06)
Early Preliminary Card
Yan Xiaonan def. Angela Hill via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Darren Stewart def. Bevon Lewis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Eddie Wineland def. Grigorii Popov via KO (Round 2, 4:47)
Katlyn Chookagian def. Joanne Calderwood via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)