Preview: UFC Fight Night: Islam Makhachev vs. Thiago Moises
Pride of Dagestan, and one of the continuators of Khabib’s legacy, Islam Makhachev (19-1-0), will be headlining the main event of UFC Fight Night on July 17th, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is facing 26 years-old Brazilian fighters, Coming out from American Top Team, Thiago Moises (15-4-0).
The last time Islam fought in the UFC was at UFC 259. He defeated Drew Dober via Submission Arm-Triangle Choke in round 3. Former lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov says that Makhachev will ruin the division by the end of the year.
“Now, everybody talks about Dustin, Conor, Chandler, Justin, Oliveira. But by the end of the year, it’s gonna be changed. I don’t think anyone can beat (Islam Makachev) right now. He will ruin (The division)”- Said Khabib.
Thiago Moises is on a three-fight winning streak. He managed to defeat Alexandre Hernandez, Bobby Green, and Michael Johnson. He is training in the American Top Team, where his sparring partners are the #1 contender of the lightweight division, Dustin Poirier and BMF belt owner Jorge Masvidal.
The co-main event is the women’s bantamweight clash, between former champion Miesha Tate and Marion Reneau. Miesha has not graced the octagon from inside, since 2016, after losing 2 fights in a row. Marion is on her 4 losing streak. This is one of the last opportunities for a 44-years-old fighter to make a statement and keep her place in the UFC.
One of the most intriguing match-ups on this card is another lightweight clash between Jeremy Stephens (28-18-0) and Mateusz “Gamer” Gamrot (18-1-0). Jeremy Stephens is having some trouble with losing weight, so he changed his weight class. He has lost 4 out of the last 5 fights and 1 NC, so he needs to make a statement.
In his debut, 30 years-old Polish fighters, suffered a defeat via split decision in a very close fight with Georgian Viking, Guram Kutateladze. Many people still think that it was a robbery. After that, he managed to earn his first UFC victory against Scott Holtzman via Second-round KO. Mateusz was a double champion in his previous promotion to KSW. He owned lightweight and featherweight titles simultaneously. Many experts predict a great future for Gamrot.
Fans can watch these fights at ESPN and ESPN+.
Prelims starting at 7 P.M and the main card at 10 P.M in American time.
Full Fight Card:
ESPN/ESPN+, 10 p.m. (Main Card)
• Islam Makhachev vs. Thiago Moises | Lightweight
• Marion Reneau vs. Miesha Tate | Women’s bantamweight
• Jeremy Stephens vs. Mateusz Gamrot | Lightweight
• Rodolfo Vieira vs. Dustin Stoltzfus | Middleweight
• Gabriel Benitez vs. Billy Quarantillo | Men’s featherweight
ESPN/ESPN+, 7 p.m. (Prelims)
• Daniel Rodriguez vs. Preston Parsons | Welterweight
• Amanda Lemos vs. Montserrat Conejo | Strawweight
• Khalid Taha vs. Sergey Morozov | Men’s bantamweight
• Miles Johns vs. Anderson Dos Santos | Men’s bantamweight
• Francisco Figueiredo vs. Malcolm Gordon | Men’s flyweight
• Alan Baudot vs. Rodrigo Nascimento | Heavyweight