UFC flyweight world champion Henry Cejudo produced a brilliant performance to claim a come-from-behind stoppage victory over Brazilian contender Marlon Moraes and add the UFC bantamweight world title at UFC 238 in Chicago.
Cejudo was up against it after a tough opening round that saw him dominated by Moraes, who appeared to be completely controlling the action.
But after some adjustments between rounds, Cejudo came back in the second round by closing the distance, forcing himself into boxing range and connecting consistently with Moraes.
And, as Cejudo piled on the pressure in the third round, Moraes visibly began to wilt as the momentum of the bout shifted dramatically in the American's favor.
And with the final seconds counting down in the third round, Cejudo rained down a barrage of ground strikes on an exhausted Moraes, forcing referee Marc Goddard to stop the action with nine seconds of the round remaining.
Henry Cejudo broke Marlon Moraes!
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"I am the greatest combat athlete of all time!" roared Cejudo after his thrilling victory.
"I was fighting adversity. I sprained my left ankle [earlier in the week]. I couldn't do much, but I still wanted to fight. I taped it up and stuck to it.
"It was all desire. I knew Marlon was throwing a lot of power. And I knew that when you throw that much power, you're going to get burned.Read More – Source