UFC 238 preview and betting tips

All eyes in the mixed martial arts world will be on Chicago this weekend when UFC 238 will take place in the early hours of Sunday.

The headline event is the bantamweight showdown between Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes and we have studied the latest odds to produce UFC 238 predictions for three fights on the main card.

UFC 238 betting tips

Here are our picks from the UFC 238 odds and we also have a range of other UFC betting markets available.

If you want to combine all our UFC 238 tips, the odds are just under 19/1 for a winning treble.

Henry Cejudo vs Marlon Moraes

Cejudo is aiming to become the seventh person to become a two-weight titlist when the Californian takes on Moraes.

Cejudo successfully defended his flyweight belt in January with a 32-second demolition job of TJ Dillashaw, who subsequently vacated his bantamweight crown after it emerged he had failed a drugs test following the loss.

And Cejudo will look to follow in the footsteps of BJ Penn, Randy Couture, Conor McGregor, Georges St-Pierre, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes when he steps up to the 135 division to take on Moraes for the vacant belt.

A place in the history books beckons for Cejudo but the 2008 Olympic gold medallist is the slight underdog in the UFC 238 odds at evens, with his Brazilian foe priced up as the 5/6 favourite in Chicago on Saturday night.

Moraes has won four fights in a row since losing on his UFC bow to Raphael Assuncao, a defeat that was subsequently avenged.

A guillotine choke submission saw Moraes earn revenge over Assuncao and he is 9/2 to make Cejudo tap inside the distance.

Cejudo is 11/1 to claim a second successive first-round knockout and 5/2 to triumph on points, which gets the nod as the first of our UFC 238 predictions for a fight which could be good value at 27/20 to go the distance.

Valentina Shevchenko vs Jessica Eye

On a packed undercard, Shevchenko makes the first defence of the women’s flyweight title when she takes on Eye.

Shevchenko out hustled Joanna Jedrzejczyk to claim the vacant strap in December and is an overwhelming 1/12 favourite to retain her title.

Eye has emerged victorious in her last three bouts but has been taken the distance on each occasion – with two of her wins coming via split decision – and she is 15/2 in the UFC 238 betting for an upset this weekend.

Two of Shevchenko’s last three wins have been by submission and the same outcome is added to our UFC 238 predictions at 5/2.

Tony Ferguson vs Donald Cerrone

The likeable Ferguson has been controversially overlooked for a lightweight title shot despite an 11-fight winning run and will be looking to take out his frustrations on ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.

‘El Cucuy’ is the 8/13 favourite to prevail and further his claims for a shot at the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier, which was recently announced for UFC 242.

Cerrone faces a quick return to action after beating Al Iaquinta last month and Ferguson is our pick as the last of our UFC 238 betting tips.

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