Islam Makhachev continued his climb in the lightweight division with a submission victory over Thiago Moises at UFC on ESPN 26.
Makhachev (20-1-0) used superior clinching to set up the takedown and wear down the defences of Moises (15-5-0) and get the fight to the ground in the fourth round, using the rear-naked choke to get the tap at 2:38.
Currently ranked No. 9 in the division, Makhachev is expected to climb after the No. 14 Moises was finished fr the first time in his career.
Billy Quarantino and Gabriel Benitez earned Fight of the Night while Miesha Tate, Rodolfo Vieira, Mateusz Gamrot, and Rodrigo Nascimento earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 bonus.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.
In case you missed the prelims.
RODRIGO NASCIMENTO DEF. ALAN BAUDOT VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 1:29
MALCOLM GORDON DEF. FRANCISCO FIGUEIREDO VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
SERGEY MOROZOV DEF. KHALID TAHA VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
AMANDA LEMOS DEF. MONTSERRAT RUIZ VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 0:35
DANIEL RODRIGUEZ DEF. PRESTON PARSONS VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 3:47
GABRIEL BENITEZ VS. BILLY QUARANTINO
WINNER: BILLY QUARANTINO VIA TKO R3 3:40
ANDREWS PREDICTION: GABRIEL BENITEZ VIA UD
Andrews: Good scrap as expected and credit to Billy for bouncing back.
RODOLFO VIERA VS. DUSTIN STOLTZFUS
WINNER: RODOLFO VIEIRA VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R3 1:54
ANDREWS PREDICTION: RODOLFO VIEIRA VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: Vieira was an animal, particularly in the third round.
JEREMY STEPHENS VS. MATEUSZ GAMROT
WINNER: MATEUSZ GAMROT VIA SUBMISSION (KIMURA)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: MATEUSZ GAMROT VIA UD
Andrews: Wow. Everybody is taking Stephens name and he is on the bubble. Will Dana cut him?
#12 MARION RENEAU VS. MIESHA TATE
WINNER: MIESHA TATE VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 1:53
ANDREWS PREDICTION: MIESHA TATE VIA UD
Andrews: Disappointing performance for Reneau to get finished in her last fight by a fighter, albeit a former world champion who hasn’t fought in five years.
#9 ISLAM MAKHACHEV VS. #14 THIAGO MOISES
WINNER: ISLAM MAKHACHEV VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R4 2:38
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ISLAM MAKHACHEV VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: Islam is looking like Khabib. Slowly grind out the opponent and then lock in the submission. Great win.
Enjoy the fights, everyone.