UFC Struggle Night time stay updates and outcomes: Moraes vs. Sandhagen

The UFC bantamweight contender image will achieve some readability Saturday night time.

Marlon Moraes meets Cory Sandhagen in the principle occasion of UFC Struggle Night time in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The cardboard will happen on the Flash Discussion board on Yas Island, which the UFC has dubbed “Struggle Island,” the promotion’s worldwide house in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coming in, ESPN has Moraes ranked No. 2 on the earth at bantamweight and Sandhagen at No. 6. The winner may very well be a future title contender.

Moraes (23-6-1) has gained 5 of his previous six fights, with the one loss in that point coming to Henry Cejudo in a bout for the then-vacant bantamweight title. Moraes, a 32-year-old Brazilian, is coming off a split-decision win over former featherweight champ Jose Aldo at UFC 245 final December. Moraes is the previous World Sequence of Preventing bantamweight champion, and he already owns wins over UFC bantamweight contenders Aljamain Sterling and Jimmie Rivera.

Sandhagen (12-2) misplaced for the primary time throughout his UFC run at UFC 250 in June, a submission defeat to Sterling. Sandhagen, a Colorado resident, was on a seven-fight profitable streak previous to that. The 28-year-old is regarded as a future star within the division, with precision putting and unorthodox footwork considerably harking back to former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.

Within the co-main occasion Saturday, Edson Barboza and Makwan Amirkhani meet in a conflict of featherweights. Barboza (20-9), a 34-year-old Brazilian, has misplaced 5 of six. Amirkhani (16-4), a 31-year-old from Finland, has gained three of 4.

Additionally on the cardboard, Ben Rothwell meets Marcin Tybura in a heavyweight battle; Markus Perez faces South African prospect Dricus Du Plessis at middleweight; and Youssef Zalal tries to win his fourth UFC combat of the 12 months, in opposition to Ilia Topuria in a featherweight bout.


Struggle in progress: Males’s bantamweight: Ali AlQaisi (8-4, 0-1 UFC, +185) vs. Tony Kelley (6-2, 0-1 UFC, -220)


Outcomes:

Males’s featherweight: Giga Chikadze (11-2, 4-0 UFC) def. Omar Morales (10-1, 2-1 UFC) by unanimous determination

Recap to return.

Ladies’s bantamweight: Tracy Cortez (8-1, 2-0 UFC) def. Stephanie Egger (5-2, 0-1 UFC) by unanimous determination (Watch this fight on ESPN+)

Cortez continued her roll in her second UFC bout. She gained her eighth straight with a powerful efficiency over Egger, beating her to the punch within the combat’s uncommon putting exchanges and controlling her on the canvas for almost your entire time.

The 26-year-old from Scottsdale, Arizona, had almost 10 minutes of management time on the canvas throughout her quarter-hour within the cage with Eggers, who was making her UFC debut.

All three judges scored the bout 30-27 for Cortez.

Egger, who’s 32 and from Switzerland, had gained three fights in a row.

Males’s flyweight: Tagir Ulanbekov (11-1, 1-0 UFC) def. Bruno Silva (10-5-2, 0-3 UFC) by unanimous determination (Watch this fight on ESPN+)

Silva, the considerably shorter man, needed to make it a brawl. He succeeded in doing so, but it surely nonetheless wasn’t sufficient.

Ulanbekov stored Silva at bay in a unanimous-decision win (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) to open UFC Struggle Night time: Moraes vs. Sandhagen. Silva made issues ugly. He closed the gap, created scrambles and roped Ulanbekov into wild exchanges.

However Ulanbekov nonetheless did extra harm, opening up a minimize to the facet of Silva’s proper eye within the second spherical. Ulanbekov was additionally in a position to outwrestle Silva in spots, although Silva refused to go away. The combat completed with Silva pushing forward throwing haphazard hooks. He landed two laborious left ones and Ulanbekov landed a tough proper. It was a enjoyable option to finish an entertaining, back-and-forth battle.

Ulanbekov, 29, has now gained 4 straight. This was the Russia native’s UFC debut. Silva, a 30-year-old Brazil native, has dropped all three of his UFC fights since debuting in 2019.


Nonetheless to return:

Males’s bantamweight: Marlon Moraes (23-6-1, 5-2 UFC, +120) vs. Cory Sandhagen (12-2, 5-1 UFC, -140)

Males’s featherweight: Edson Barboza (20-9, 14-9 UFC, -260) vs. Makwan Amirkhani (16-4, 6-2 UFC, +220)

Heavyweight: Ben Rothwell (38-12, 8-6 UFC, -150) vs. Marcin Tybura (19-6, 6-5 UFC, +130)

Middleweight: Markus Perez (12-3, 2-3 UFC, +140) vs. Dricus Du Plessis (14-2, 0-0 UFC, -160)

Heavyweight: Tom Aspinall (8-2, 1-0 UFC, -625) vs. Alan Baudot (8-1, 0-0 UFC, +450)

Males’s featherweight: Youssef Zalal (10-2, 3-0 UFC, -160) vs. llia Topuria (8-0, 0-0 UFC, +130)

Middleweight: Tom Breese (11-2, 4-2 UFC, -250) vs. KB Bhullar (8-0, 0-0 UFC, +210)

Heavyweight: Chris Daukaus (9-3, 1-0 UFC, +230) vs. Rodrigo Nascimento (8-0, 1-0 UFC, -270)

Middleweight: Impa Kasanganay (8-0, 1-0 UFC, -240) vs. Joaquin Buckley (10-3, 0-1 UFC, +200)

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