Ian Heinisch
The Hurricane

USA

Bonded to UFC Anaheim
MiddleweightUFC
May 31, 2019
Heinisch will take on Derek Brunson at UFC Anaheim on Aug. 17, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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 at KO/TKO wouldn't be shocking.
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Upsets Antonio Carlos Junior
MiddleweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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
MiddleweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
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.
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.