UFC 238 ref Marc Goddard says Cejudo-Moraes had fastest exchanges he's ever seen
History was made by Henry Cejudo this past Saturday in the UFC 238 main event.
And the fight was an historic one for the third man in the cage, too – veteran referee Marc Goddard. Goddard said the flurries in the opening moments of the fight between Cejudo and Marlon Moraes were the fastest he’s ever seen as an official.
“The opening exchanges between Henry Cejudo & Marlon Moraes were the fastest that I’ve ever encountered in 15 years as a ref,” Goddard posted on Twitter. “Two WORLD CLASS fighters at the absolute pinnacle of this sport – human chess unfolding 6 feet in front of me. Truly amazing, truly grateful.”
UFC 238 took place Saturday at United Center in Chicago. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass.
In the headliner, Cejudo (15-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) stopped Moraes (22-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) with a third-round TKO to win the UFC’s vacant bantamweight title. Going into the fight, Cejudo already was the flyweight champion. And when he became that division’s titleholder in August 2018, he became the first Olympic gold medalist to win a UFC belt.
By winning the 135-pound title that T.J. Dillashaw vacated ahead of the current two-year suspension he’s serving for a United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation, Cejudo became the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold two belts at the same time.
He joined Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes with the distinction. Only Nunes still holds both belts. McGregor was stripped of both the featherweight and lightweight titles, and Cormier vacated the light heavyweight belt and remains the heavyweight champion.
Cejudo won the flyweight title with a split decision against Demetrious Johnson, avenging a loss in a previous title fight.