Ian Heinisch
The Hurricane
Match cancelled at UFC London
MiddleweightUFC
March 16, 2019
Heinisch will not fight at UFC London due to his opponent Tom Breese pulling out due to health issues, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It was announced on Feb. 7 that Heinisch would fill in for Cezar Ferreira (knee) in the middleweight bout versus Tom Breese. However, now on the day of the fight, Breese has also pulled out due to an undisclosed issue. UFC London will carry on with 12 bouts instead of 13, and Heinisch will have to set his sights on his next opportunity.
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Filling in at UFC London
MiddleweightUFC
February 7, 2019
Heinisch will fight Tom Breese at UFC London on March 16, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Heinisch will be a replacement for Cezar Ferreira, who was forced to withdraw due to a right knee injury. Heinisch boasts a 12-1 record overall in MMA and just recently made his UFC debut in November when he defeated Ferreira via unanimous decision in Buenos Aires.
Pulls off upset win in Argentina
MiddleweightUFC
November 17, 2018
Heinisch defeated Cezar Ferreira via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 140 on Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
ANALYSIS
Heinisch made his name on the regional scene as a wild-striking wrestler but showed a bit more composure Saturday, continually walking Ferreira down and landing shots, including a knockdown at the end of Round 2. Mutante landed several takedowns in the fight but Heinisch was able to scramble to his feet on each occasion. It's always tricky judging a debuting fighter in The Octagon but Heinisch brings a skill set that combines cardio with power striking and wrestling , which could make him someone to watch going forward. He moves to 12-1 in his professional MMA career as a result of the victory.
Earns UFC contract after early KO victory
MiddleweightUFC
August 1, 2018
Heinisch defeated Justin Sumter via KO (elbows) at 3:37 of Round 1 on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. He was the second of four total fighters to be awarded a UFC contract.
ANALYSIS
Heinisch was taken down early and even gave up his back, but was eventually able to reverse that position and gain control. He certainly looked the part of a (-440) betting favorite, as "The Hurricane" finished the fight with vicious ground-and-pound elbows. The Colorado native is 11-1 as a pro, with his only defeat being a 2017 title fight to current UFC middleweight Markus Perez under the Legacy Fighting Alliance banner, but Heinisch was eventually able to secure that belt in May of this year. He'll now have the opportunity to set his sights on much more lucrative goals.