UFC 238 Bonuses: Despite Early Ending, Cowboy vs. Ferguson Gets Fight of the Night

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Despite a loss to Tony Ferguson after a doctor’s stoppage, Cowboy Cerrone picked up yet another post-fight bonus at UFC 238.

UFC 238 wound up in a race to the finish line, with the last three fights getting crazier and crazier. It started with Cowboy Cerrone vs. Tony Ferguson, which was a two-round war that was cut short due to a doctor’s stoppage.

Unfortunately, that ending came about when Cerrone tried to clear out some blood from a broken nose, which made matters worse. His eye had already been swelling. The move seemed to cause it to blimp up. Following the event, UFC President Dana White confirmed Cerrone, who had been taken to hospital, had suffered a fractured orbital.

The end left Ferguson with the win, though no one was truly happy. Still, it was enough to win Fight of the Night honors for the pair, White announced post-fight. That makes it a record 18th post-fight bonus for Cerrone.

The night’s other bonuses went to Valentina Shevchenko and Henry Cejudo, the winners of the co-main and main event, respectively. Shevchenko frankly stoke the show with a head kick knockout of Jessica Eye that left the challenger lying prone in the canvas.

Cejudo, meanwhile, finished Marlon Moraes in the third round to claim a second title, in a performance that will certainly shoot ‘The Messenger’ up the pound-for-pound list. Following the bout, Cejudo event expressed an interest in moving up to featherweight.

Attendence for UFC 238 at the United Center in Chicago was 16,083 for a gate of $2.03 million USD.

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