Ian Heinisch
The Hurricane


Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 12/1/2019
Not fighting at Singapore
October 1, 2019
Heinisch won't fight Brad Tavares at UFC Singapore on Oct. 26, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Scheduled opponent Brad Tavares will shift to UFC 244 to fight Edmen Shahbazyan on Nov. 2. It's unclear if Heinisch simply lost his opponent for the bout or if there's an issue preventing him from fighting.
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Lands on Singapore card
August 29, 2019
Heinisch has been booked to take on Brad Tavares in a middleweight bout at UFC Singapore on October 26, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Heinisch's last bout just took place about two weeks ago at UFC 241 in Anaheim, where he lost to Derek Brunson via unanimous decision. That put an end to what was a five-fight winning streak for the America and was his first lost since 2017. His opponent, Tavares, enters on a similar note, with his last fight in July of 2018 being his first loss since 2015.
Falls to Derek Brunson at UFC 241
August 17, 2019
Heinisch lost to Derek Brunson via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 241 on Saturday in Anaheim.
Outside of a high-kick about 10 seconds into the fight that almost knocked out Brunson, it was a rough night at the office for Heinisch. He got progressively more exhausted as the fight went on and his wrestling -- which was viewed as highly suspect coming in -- appeared to be just that. Heinisch failed on all eight of his takedown attempts and he allowed Brunson to score on a pair of his own. Heinisch is athletic and has some pop in his hands, but he has very little experience against high-level competition for a 31-year-old, and this was a clear setback for him. He will need to rebound in his next fight in order to remain relevant at 185 pounds.
Bonded to UFC Anaheim
May 31, 2019
Heinisch will take on Derek Brunson in a middleweight matchup at UFC Anaheim on Aug. 17, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Heinisch gives up seven inches of reach to Brunson, so he will likely look to get in close to prevent Brunson from taking advantage of that. The 30-year-old is coming off an upset victory over Antonio Carlos Jr. at UFC Fight Night 152, which has landed him the opportunity to take on another veteran. The pair both specialize in boxing, so a KO/TKO wouldn't be shocking.
Upsets Antonio Carlos Junior
May 18, 2019
Heinisch defeated Antonio Carlos Junior via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Rochester, New York.
Heinisch deserves a bunch of credit. This was a bout in which he easily could have packed his bag and gone home after a very slow start, but he stuck with it and was eventually able to tire out the Brazilian and win on points. After being credited with just eight total strikes landed in Round 1, Heinisch upped that total to 61 total strikes in Rounds 2 and 3 (unofficially). He effectively limited the space of his fading opponent and was able to reverse position on Carlos Junior on multiple occasions. This was a big test for Heinisch is his second official UFC bout, and he passed with flying colors.
Second UFC bout booked
April 30, 2019
Heinisch will take on Antonio Carlos Junior in a middleweight matchup at UFC Rochester on May 18, Fernanda Prates and Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie.com report.
Heinisch is a perfect 1-0 in the UFC after getting his opportunity via Dana White's Contender Series. He was looking to fill in on short notice in London last February, but those plans ultimately fell through. Heinisch will now be dealt an even tougher challenge in Carlos Junior, who is 8-2 (1 NC) under the UFC banner dating back to 2014. Carlos has been out of the cage for over a year due to various injury issues that cancelled multiple bouts, so he's likely viewing this as a bounce-back opportunity. Heinisch will presumably enter as a sizable betting underdog, though it's a great opportunity to pick up the biggest win of his career.