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UFC 238: Cejudo vs. Moraes prelims live results, discussion, play by play

Live, blow-by-blow updates for today’s UFC 238 main card from Chicago, which features a top contenders bout at women’s strawweight as the featured prelim.

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Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC 238 goes down in Chicago.

The main event will see flyweight champ Henry Cejudo attempting to become the latest champ champ when he takes on Marlon Moraes for the vacant UFC bantamweight title. In the co-main event, women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will defend her title against Jessica Eye.

The featured preliminary bout comes at women’s strawweight, where Nina Ansaroff will meet Tatiana Suarez with a possible title shot on the line.

This post will cover the preliminary card.

The show kicks off on Fight Pass at approximately 6:15pm ET with four fights. The card then moves to ESPN at 8pm ET for four more bouts, then onto the main PPV card. Remember that you can only order UFC PPVs now through ESPN+, so you have to sign up for that service beforehand if you haven’t already.

The full lineup and schedule follows. The main PPV card will be covered in a separate post.

Tatiana Suarez vs. Nina Ansaroff

Round 1 - Suarez with a slapping leg kick. Suarez dives in on a double. Ansaroff fights it off but Suarez adjusts and gets her down. Ansaroff is trying to trap an arm, but no dice. Suarez got half briefly, but Ansaroff regained full guard. Ansaroff is up to her feet. Suarez is still on her. After a brief struggle, Ansaroff is dumped onto her back with her head against the cage. Ansaroff is doing good work keeping full guard and avoiding damage, but that’s it. Suarez backs out and eats an upkick. Few big punches from Suarez now. Suarez steps over and she’s in pseudo-side. She looks for a guillotine. 10-9 Suarez.

Round 2 - Body kick from Ansaroff. Low kick. Suarez with a left. Leg kick from Suarez. Another. Ansaroff with a short right as Suarez shoots. Suarez gets her against the fence. She gets the takedown, and is on Ansaroff’s back. Ansaroff is back up quick though. Back down to her butt, and now to her back. Suarez working in her full guard with a few punches. Suarez stands up to try to pass. Ansaroff attacks with a triangle, but Suarez easily avoids it. Two hammerfists from Suarez. Ansaroff looks for an armbar and an upkick. She’s back up, but Suarez is still on her against the cage. Low knee from Suarez. That’s the first female low blow I’ve seen in a UFC fight. Ansaroff taking her time, but not a ton. Leg kick from Suarez. Again. Body kick from Ansaroff. Again. 10-9 Suarez.

Round 3 - Leg kick from Suarez. Ansaroff with her own kick. Body kick from Ansaroff and she stuffs a shot. Side kicks from Suarez. Right hook scores for Ansaroff. Suarez pressing with kicks. Hard body shot from Ansaroff. Light leg kicks from Suarez. Left over the top from Saurez. Ansaroff with a right. Suarez shoots. She moves Ansaroff to the fence, but Ansaroff spins out. Suarez on her again. Halfway through the round. Ansaroff escapes again. Leg kicks from Suarez. Spinning wheel kick from Ansaroff connects. Suarez dives in but Ansaroff easily evades. Body kick and a right from Ansaroff. Right and a head kick from Ansaroff! Ansaroff misses with a spinning kick. Left from Ansaroff. Ansaroff presses with big shots to the horn. Unfortunately it was too late. 10-9 Ansaroff but 29-28 Suarez.

Tatiana Suarez defeated Nina Ansaroff via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Aljamain Sterling vs. Pedro Munhoz

Round 1 - Sterling starts out with a bunch of leg kicks. Munhoz kicks back. Sterling with a left. Sneaky right from Sterling as Munhoz misses. Sterling goes to the body. Quick left from Sterling. He’s talking to him now. Good head movement from Sterling. Body kick from Sterling. Munhoz with a left and he stuffs a shot. Munhoz lands again. Hard jabs from Sterling. Sterling with a counter right. Munhoz is still pressing though. Sterling pops him with a right. Munhoz stuffs another shot. Body kick from Sterling. Sterling with a weird, looping right hook that keeps connecting. Sterling with three rights. Head kick from Munhoz. Knee and a left from Munhoz. Hard knee from Munhoz. Another right from Sterling. 10-9 Sterling.

Round 2 - Munhoz with a front kick. Sterling with a spinning elbow. Munhoz with a body ick and a a hard left. Sterling looked stunned for a second. They’re just exchanging inside now. Munhoz still trying to work the body. They trade front kicks to the body. Munhoz bringing pressure. Sterling is touching him with all sorts of strikes. Hard left, and a right from Sterling. Munhoz takes it. Sterling with a head kick. Spinning elbow again. Munhoz with a body kick. More kick from Munhoz. Solid right from Munhoz. Sterling strikes back. Munhoz hurt Sterling and he snatches up a guillotine! Sterling escapes right away though. Munhoz keeps chewing up the front leg. Spinning kick from Sterling. Munhoz with a big shot insode. Sterling with a combo. They both land some more. 10-9 Munhoz.

Round 3 - Front kick and high kick from Sterling. Munhoz closes the distance and lands to the body. Body kick from Munhoz. Another. Front kicks from both men. Good combo from Sterling. Munhoz with a right. They’re really scrapping. Body kick from Munhox. Sterling goes to the body. Sterling with a left hook to the chin. They trade jabs. Again. Muhnoz goes back to the legs. They trade lefts. Spinning back kick from Munhoz. Theyboth land leg kicks. Three lefts in a row from Sterling. Munhoz stuffs a shot. Sterling sticking his left in Munhoz’s face. Munhoz still kicking. Sterling kicking back at Munhoz’s legs now. They’re chirping. Great fight. 10-9 and 29-28 Sterling.

Aljamain Sterling defeated Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Alexa Grasso

Round 1 - Grasso with a quick right. They exchange. Grasso lands again. Kowalkiewicz with a lead right and a knee. Leg kick. Grasso with an inside leg kick of her own. Straight right from Grasso, and that was hard. Karolina is bleeding from the nose. They trade inside. Grasso with some kicks. Kowalkiewicz with a kick, but eats a counter jab. Double jab from Grasso. Grasso goes body-head. Kowalkiewicz with a combo and she spins. Grasso with a long right. Grasso throwing a ton. Kowalkiewicz with an outside leg kick. Another long right scores for Grasso. And again. Huge lead right from Grasso. They trade kicks. Grasso buillies her to the fence. Knees from Grasso, elbows from Kowalkiewicz. 10-9 Grasso.

Round 2 - Grasso with a double kick. Another hard body kick. Jab. Kowalkiewicz with a left. Right scores for Grasso. Kowalkiewicz with her own riht. Grasso with good movement. A left scores for her. They trade inside. Side kick from Kowalkiewicz. Kowalkiewicz spins and lands. Kowalkiewicz lands a knee to the body in the clinch. Grasso with some forearms. Grasso gets separation and breaks away. Inside leg kick from Grasso. Kowalkiewicz still pressing. Grasso lands a few shots in a row. Kowalkiewicz is advancing but eating punches. She lands a right. Grasso with a three-punch combo. 10-9 Grasso.

Round 3 - Kowalkiewicz checks a leg kick. Left scores for Grasso. Kowalkiewicz with a right. Grasso with that double kick, one to the inside of the leg and one to the body. Grasso turns her sideways in the clinch and lands three hard knees to the face. More knees the next time they get in close. Grasso with a lead right. Nice combo. Leg kick from Grasso. More damaging clinch work from Grasso. She’s just dominating, especially on the inside. Hard jab. Another. Grasso presses with three punches and a kick. Big combo draws some more blood from Karolina’s nose. Grasso with a right over the top. They brawl down the stretch. The crowd is into it! They both land very hard! Grasso jumps for a guillotine but time runs out! Great finish. 10-9 and 30-27 Grasso.

Alexa Grasso defeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ricardo Lamas vs. Calvin Kattar

Round 1 - Lamas moving forward early. High kick blocked. Side kick from Lamas to the thigh. Outside leg kick from Lamas. Kattar with a front kick. Lamas with a short kick and comes up short on a shot. Kattar jabs to the body. Lamas with a slapping body kick. Kattar lands to the body again. Hard jab from Kattar staggers Lamas. Kattar flurries but doesn’t land. Head kick from Lamas is blocked. Kattar to the body again. Hard body kick from Lamas. Kattar with a jab. Body kick from LAmas. Kattar with a huge combo that drops Lamas! He jumps on him and it’s all over just like that!

Calvin Kattar defeated Ricardo Lamas via KO (strikes), 4:06 of round 1

Xiaonan Yan vs. Angela Hill

Round 1 - Yan active early with kicks. Yan with a body kick. Big right from Yan scores. Hill with a knee inside. Sweeping leg kick and a right from Yan. Yan working the jab. Hill still trying to get going. Hill jumps in with a Superwoman punch and gets a takedown. Yan working rubber guard. Hill’s arms are trapped. She gets one free but she backs out and lands a couple of kicks. Yan is up. Hill with a hard right and went for a hip toss takedown but ends up on her back. Hill looking to attack an armbar or triangle. Hill secures the triangle! Yan gets saved by the horn! 10-9 Hill.

Round 2 - Yan with a high kick that drops Hill! She’s up right away but they’re brawling. They reset in the middle. Yan with an inside leg kick. Another high kick at the end of an exchange. Yan with a big combo. Yan with a right. Yan really pressing, and Hill isn’t firing back much. Yan with a left and a hard leg kick. Right from Hill. Lead left from Hill. Yan with a side kick. Hill looks for a takedown but can’t get it. Body kick from Hill, but she eats a counter right over the top. They brawl inside. Hill isn’t backing off at all. They trade again. Yan with a right. Side kick from Yan. Hill jumps in with a knee but gets taken down. Hard elbow from Yan but Hill gets up immediately. Spinning elbow from Hill but she got clipped going through. 10-9 Yan.

Round 3 - Yan with a leg kick. Inside leg kick now, and another from Yan. They trade inside. Yan gets the better of it. Hill clips her with a right. Yan comes back with a combo. Side kick to the head from Yan, and she misses with a spinning attack. Hill with a jab and an inside leg kick. Oblique kick from Yan. Big right from Hill gets Yan’s attention. Hill with another right. Hill with a knee, Yan with an uppercut inside. Jab from Yan, and a couple of outside leg kicks. Hill with an inside leg kick and a right. Side kick from Hill. Hill with an elbow. Yan with two big shots. They both land big. Front kicks from both. 10-9 and 29-28 Hill.

Xiaonan Yan defeated Angela Hill via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Bevon Lewis vs. Darren Stewart

Round 1 - Stewart with two leg kicks, both of which stagger Lewis. Knee from Lewis in the clinch. He spins Stewart around. Extended battle here. Neither of them is letting go, no matter what happens. Lewis with a few knees. We’re halfway through the round. Finally they separate. Stewart with a right, Lewis clinches again. Stewart brawls his way out of the clinch. Lewis gets a hold of him again. They separate. The pace has slowed. Stewart chops him down with a leg kick yet again. Lewis and Stewart both landed after the horn it looked like. 10-9 Stewart.

Round 2 - Another leg kick stuns Lewis right off the bat. Lewis is finally checking them, and he throws one of his own. Stewart spins. Yet another leg kick from Stewart, and Lewis changes stances. They both land punches. Lewis gets in behind Stewart with a body lock but gets shaken off. Big knee up the middle from Lewis. Pretty tepid pace now. They trade rights. Right lands for Stewart off a Lewis kick. Low leg kick from Stewart. The crowd is restless. 10-9 Stewart.

Round 3 - Lewis with a left. Stewart stuffs a takedown and they clinch. They don’t stay there long. Stewart is pressing but neither man is doing much of anything. Leg kick from Stewart. Another. They engage in another long clinch battle. Nothing happening. They get back to the center, still clinching, but Lewis pushes him back against the fence. Elbow from Lewis. Stewart with a right on the break. 10-9 and 30-27 Stewart. Awful fight.

Darren Stewart defeated Bevon Lewis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Eddie Wineland vs. Grigory Popov

Round 1 - Wineland pressuring immediately. Popov trying to keep him at bay with front kicks. Body kick from Wineland. Body shot. Wineland cracks him in the chest with two punches. Right hook to the chin now. Left now. Popov with a leg kick. He has a cut beside his eye. Wineland with a body shot. Inside leg kick from Popov. Another. Body kick now. Step-in knee. He’s back in in now. Side elbow from Popov. Another. Nice right from Wineland. Wineland lands a right, and a counter. Popov with a knee. Two big rights from Wineland, and another. Popov takes them. 10-9 Wineland.

Round 2 - Popov with a right and Wineland is stunned. Another and he goes down! He’s up right away though and firing back. Knees from Popov. Wineland shoots. Popov stays upright. Hard leg kick from Popov. Front kicks from Popov. Right hook from Wineland. Wineland with a couple of low kicks. Wineland with a combo inside. Popov with a hard body kick. Wineland goes to the body. Wineland with a beautiful counter combo. Hard leg kicks from Popov, but Wineland is countering. Wineland looks for a takedown but Popov rolls through. Popov tries to throw Wineland to the mat, without success. Wineland with three huge rights and Popov goes down! Front choke from Wineland but he let it go. Popov is up and throwing, but he’s still very hurt. Wineland firing away Another uge right and he’s down again! It’s over!

Eddie Wineland defeated Grigory Popov via KO (strikes), 4:47 of round 2

Katlyn Chookagian vs. Joanne Calderwood

Round 1 - Calderwood with a quick kick. Inside leg kick from Jojo. Again. Body kick from Chookagian. Calderwood with a lead right and she’s kicking the front leg a lot, both inside and outside. Jojo catches a kick. Chookagian with a right. Body shot from Chookagian. Chookagian misses with a head kick. She scores with a combo though. They’re both beating the crap out of each other’s legs with low kicks. No one has really got their hands going yet though. Front kick from Chookagian. Lead right too. Calderwood briefly buckles Chookagian’s front leg, and it’s red. Nice right from Chookagian. Close round. I’ll go 10-9 Chookagian.

Round 2 - Calderwood is checking outside kicks now. Jojo catches a kick and slams Chookagian to the mat. She’s not down long though, and they work in the clinch. They break. Two rights from Chookagian. Calderwood responds with her own. Solid two-punch combo from Chookagian and another lead right. Another. Front kick from Chookagian gets caught. Nothing happens though. Another lead right from Chookagian. Calderwood shoots but can’t get her down. Another front kick gets caught and Calderwood takes her down this time. Chookagian immediately trying to get her legs high in her guard. Calderwood is all tied up and can’t get anything going. She sets up an armbar but it’s too late. 10- Chookagian.

Round 3 - They come out firing right away. Inside leg kick from Chookagian. Jojo kicking the front leg again. Lead right from Jojo. Left hook from Calderwood, hard body kick from Chookagian. Lead right hook from Chookagian. Calderwood with one of her own. Jojo caught a front kick yet again and gets a takedown off of it. She lets Chookagian up right away though. Right hook from Chookagian. Calderwood with an inside leg kick. Calderwood with some hard low kicks that seem to be affecting Chookagian. Chookagian with a counter left. Jojo with her hands down. She wants to scrap. Jump kick from Chookagian misses. Chookagian connects. 10-9 and 30-27 Chookagian.

Katlyn Chookagian defeated Joanne Calderwood via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)