Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes may be headlining UFC 238 this weekend at the United Center in Chicago, but most fans will be paying more attention to a fight further down the card. In what must surely be one of the most eagerly anticipated non-title fights of recent years, Tony Ferguson and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone meet for the first time in the Octagon.
At play is a chance to get to the front of the queue to challenge Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov when he returns from suspension. However, even without that tantalising prospect this is an extremely exciting matchup, pairing two fan-favourites beloved for their aggressive styles and indomnitable attitudes.
Fan Favourites Looking to Legacy
According to William Hill, Ferguson is marginally favoured to win at 4/6 with Cerrone at 6/5. Though Ferguson has been on an incredible run, notching up a UFC-record 11 consecutive wins, he has also considerable challenges to overcome in recent years, including a career-threatening injury sustained while conducting promotional activities.
Cerrone too has had a difficult path, including a partially successful venture into the Welterweight division. However, despite losses in 2017 and 2018, including a shocking upset against Darren Till, it seems that “Cowboy” is back on track, and will be entering the Octagon this weekend on a three fight win streak.
Elsewhere on the card, Cejudo is currently evens to win the vacant Bantamweight title, with Marlon Moraes at 4/5. Meanwhile, women’s Flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko is hugely fancied to retain her title against Jessica Eye: the odds on “Bullet” are now 1/12.