United Center will be a world fighting epicenter once again as the current flyweight champion Henry Cejudo (14-2-0) will be looking to follow the recent trend and become the “champ-champ” by stepping up the division to face always dangerous knockout artist, Marlon Moraes (22-5-1) for the UFC Bantamweight vacant title.
The co-main event will see the current Women’s flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko (16-3-0) putting her title on the line against the well-rounded contender, Jessica Eye (14-6-0).
We will also follow the fans dream matchup between one of the most exciting fighters in the history of MMA, Tony Ferguson (24-3-0) and Donald Cerrone (36-11-0), in a fight that will launch a winner into the title contender position.
LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY: Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone
Rd 1 – They meet in the center as Cerrone opens the fight with an inside leg kick. Ferguson forces Cerrone to the outside position and takes the center. Ferguson fires a kick to the body and lands. He starts walking Cerrone down. Both fighters exchange jabs. Ferguson goes to the body and lands a nice right hook. Both fighters are finding their rhythm. Ferguson stays in Cerrone’s face. He is looking confident and relaxed. Both fighters are exchanging jabs. Ferguson is switching his stances. Cerrone catches him with an inside leg kick. Cerrone explodes and lands a big two punch combo! Ferguson responds with the right! Both fighters are trading hard punches! Cerrone moves away and resets. This is a pure kickboxing match! Cerrone fires a hard leg kick and lands! Ferguson starts to be creative as he fires a step in elbow. Cerrone is more patient as he is working behind his jab. Big one-two lands for Cerrone! Ferguson counters with the left! Halfway in., Good left hand lands for Ferguson. Both fighters are very accurate with the punches. Ferguson steps in but eats a two-punch counter combo from Cerrone! Cerrone is looking sharp! He is more disciplined with the striking. Ferguson is taking a lot of damage coming in. Both fighters exchange straight punches. Nice kick to the body lands for Ferguson. He continues with the forward pressure. He is firing hard kicks to the body! Cerrone has a hard time defending them. He starts countering the kicks with the jab. The fight is going back and forth. Stiff jabs are landing for Ferguson. Cerrone immediately responds with a jab and follows with a hard left hook! Ferguson absorbs and continues with the pressure. Big left hook lands for Cerrone! Both fighters are swinging wildly and landing!
Rd 2 – Ferguson takes the center and immediately lands a kick to the body. Cerrone returns the kick and takes the center. A hard inside leg kick lands for Cerrone! He steps in once again and lands a big left hook! Ferguson felt that one for sure! Ferguson forces Cerrone to the outside and starts ripping the body with the kicks. Cerrone responds with a couple of hard leg kicks. Ferguson lands a nice leg kick. Both fighters are having a high output so far. Cerrone steps in but eats a hard right hand! He shakes the shot off and connects with a two-punch combo! Both fighters are exchanging jabs. Big straight left lands for Cerrone! He has a lot of success with the left hand so far. Cerrone charges forward but misses with most of the punches. Cerrone goes high with the kick and partially lands! Ferguson responds with a spinning elbow and connects! This is a wild fight! Halfway in, Cerrone explodes and connects with a 4 punch combo! He is very accurate with the punches in this round! Ferguson fires another spinning elbow. Cerrone ducks under and scores a takedown! Ferguson explodes back to his feet and they continue to trade in the center. A nice leg kick lands for Cerrone. Both fighters are using a lot of energy early. Ferguson is constantly popping Cerrone with the punches. Cerrone misses with the head kick and eats a hard left hand from Ferguson! He is doing a lot of damage in this round Piston jab lands for Ferguson. He is successfully backing Cerrone. Cerrone is looking for a dirty brawl. He connects with a hard inside leg kick! Ferguson continues pressing forward and connects with a big elbow and a right hand! Ferguson is looking more confident. He is picking Cerrone apart!
The right eye of Cerrone is completely closed. He is not clear to continue.