Thiago Moises


Booked against Turner in September
August 4, 2020
Moises will take on Jalin Turner in a lightweight matchup set for September 5, Raphael Marinho of reports.
Moises is coming off an upset victory in May when he submitted Michael Johnson via ankle lock in the second round, moving his UFC record to 2-2. He'll now take on another 2-2 fighter in Turner, who is coming off a TKO victory against Josh Culibao in February. Moises will give up a tremendous six inches in height and eight inches in reach against Turner, who is a striker by trade, averaging more than double the significant strikes landed per minute of Moises. The Brazilian poses a much bigger grappling threat if things get to the mat, however.
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Storms back for submission win
May 13, 2020
Moises defeated Michael Johnson via submission (heel hook) at 0:25 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Wednesday in Jacksonville.
Credit Moises and his team for adapting on the fly. After being thoroughly dominated on the feet by Johnson in Round 1, Moises shot across the Octagon to attempt a takedown the second the bell rang for Round 2. Johnson fought it, but Moises transitioned to a beautiful heel hook, and Johnson was tapping out just moments later. A win over Johnson means shockingly little here in 2020, but Moises deserved credit for pulling out a victory in a tough spot. The Brazilian has now alternated wins and losses in his first four UFC bouts.
Lined up to face Johnson
April 29, 2020
Moises has verbally agreed to face Michael Johnson in a lightweight matchup May 13 in Jacksonville, Raphael Marinho of Combate reports.
Moises will be looking to even his UFC record at 2-2 after dropping a bout to Damir Ismagulov last August. He'll be lined up across a long-time veteran in Johnson that is currently riding a two-fight losing streak. Johnson has edges in height, reach and striking volume, while Moises has executed takedowns more consistently during a smaller sample size.
Falls in third UFC bout
August 31, 2019
Moises lost to Damir Ismagulov via unanimous decision (26-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Shenzhen, China.
Moises' takedown defense held up -- Ismagulov failed on all five of his takedown attempts -- but other than that, the Brazilian was not competitive. He landed a shockingly low 37 total strikes over the course of the 15-minute bout. Moises earned his UFC opportunity after scoring a knockout win on the Brazilian version of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender series just over a year ago, but the 24-year-old has dropped two of his first three UFC bouts. He's nothing more than roster depth.
Scheduled for UFC 243
July 23, 2019
Moises (12-3-0) is set to face off against Damir Ismagulov (18-1-0) at UFC Shenzen on Aug. 31, Nolan King of reports.
Moises went home with a loss in his UFC debut, but he managed to bounce back with a unanimous decision victory over Kurt Holobaugh at Rio. He was much more aggressive in his second go-around, landing 66 significant strikes compared to just eight in his debut while adding four takedowns, a submission and four passes. He does struggle to avoid contact, absorbing 2.79 significant strikes per minute compared to Ismagulov's 1.60, which represents the biggest difference between the two. However, it's worth noting that the data comes from a fairly small sample size with each fighter only having two bouts under his belt.
Earns first UFC win in Rio
May 11, 2019
Moises defeated Kurt Holobaugh via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27) at UFC 237 on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Granted, Holobaugh isn't Beneil Dariush, but it's difficult to believe how much better Moises looked on Saturday than he did in his UFC debut in November. Fighting with a renewed confidence, Moises peppered Holobaugh with hard, heavy shots and mixed in four successful takedowns for good measure. It was a dominant effort for the Brazilian on home soil. Moises is young enough (24) to expect reasonable improvement moving forward.