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UFC on ESPN 26: Islam Makhachev takes out Thiago Moises

Shots fired to the lightweight division

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.

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1416629404243877888?s=20

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.

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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

MAIN CARD

GABRIEL BENITEZ VS. BILLY QUARANTINO

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1416586220847706119?s=20

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 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1416594837688696836?s=20

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 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1416599082500513792?s=20

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 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1416608406950010881?s=20

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.

MAIN EVENT

#9 ISLAM MAKHACHEV VS. #14 THIAGO MOISES 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1416618678443970563?s=20

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.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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