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Cejudo Solidifies ‘Champ-Champ’ Status With Win Over Moraes

It just keeps getting better and better for Henry Cejudo. 

First, he took down long-reigning flyweight kingpin, Demetrius Johnson, to claim UFC gold before defending his title against the then-bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw.

With Dillashaw sidelined following a positive test for EPO, Cejudo was granted a shot at the bantamweight title against Marlon Moraes at UFC 238 and he delivered ten-fold thus becoming the UFC’s fourth ‘champ-champ’ after Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes.

However, the fight didn’t go all his own way as Moraes looked to have the upper hand in the early stages landing multiple leg kicks on the flyweight champion.

They went back and forth in the third round but Cejudo landed some vicious knees that hurt Moraes despite the fact they didn’t ground him. Eventually, Cejudo took his Brazilian opponent down and landed a series of punishing blows followed by a string of vicious elbows leaving Moraes in survival mode.

As the 10-second clapper went off, Cejudo upped the intensity of his strikes and eventually left the referee, Marc Goddard, with no option but to step in and stop the fight.

Following the win, Cejudo was pumped up and claimed to be above the status of ‘champ-champ’ due to his Olympic credentials.

“I’m not the champ-champ, my name is Triple C!

“I am the greatest combat athlete of all time!”

Cejudo also revealed that he suffered a sprained ankle the week of the fight which led to some of the difficulties he faced inside the Octagon before going on to call-out Dominick Cruz, Cody Garbrandt and Urijah Faber.

 

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