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Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight contender Marlon Moraes heads into this weekend’s title fight at UFC 238 in Chicago full of confidence when he challenges Henry Cejudo for the vacant 135-pound belt. Moraes has further fueled the fire by suggesting that Cejudo’s win over T.J. Dillashaw “was a fluke.”
The former World Series of Fighting bantamweight champion is riding a four-fight win streak which has propelled him into the No. 1 contender spot, earning him the opportunity to fight for the belt relinquished by Dillashaw after a positive drug test for his fight against Cejudo.
Cejudo successfully defended his 125-pound belt in January, beating Dillashaw via TKO in just 32 seconds. However, Moraes told MMA Junkie Radio that he believes the quick win over the former bantamweight kingpin was an anomaly.
“We all got holes and matchups make champions and I think Henry Cejudo is a great matchup for me,” Moraes said. “I’m very confident in all I see him doing in the cage. Of course, he beat a legend, Demetrious Johnson. He beat, in my opinion, another guy that can be a legend in the future – T.J. Dillashaw, he’s a great martial artist.
“But we didn’t get to see much his last fight,” Moraes added. “I think T.J. got what you need to beat Henry. I think it was a fluke, it was just a matter [of] day. That was Henry’s day. But I worked hard. I’m well prepared for this fight. And I don’t want no flukes. I’m going out there. Perform, perform well and win. And leave no doubt who’s the best 135-pounder now.”
UFC 238 takes place Saturday, June 8 at United Center in Chicago. The 13-fight card is topped by a title doubleheader, with Moraes and Cejudo to fight for the vacant bantamweight belt in the main event and Valentina Shevchenko defending her flyweight title against Jessica Eye in the co-main. The main card will be available on pay-per-view through ESPN+, with four prelim bouts to be broadcast via ESPN and four early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.