Thiago Moises

Brazil

Falls in third UFC bout
LightweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Scheduled for UFC 243
LightweightUFC
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 MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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
LightweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Scheduled for UFC 237
LightweightUFC
March 28, 2019
Moises is scheduled to fight Kurt Holobaugh at UFC 237 on May 11, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Moises fell short in his Octagon debut last November, losing to Beneil Dariush via unanimous decision. He'll now partner up with Holobaugh, who is looking for his first UFC win himself.
Not competitive in first UFC bout Saturday
LightweightUFC
November 10, 2018
Moises lost to Beneil Dariush via unanimous decision (25-30, 25-30, 26-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Denver.
ANALYSIS
It's difficult to last the entire 15 minutes and fight as poorly as Moises did on Saturday. Making his official UFC debut, the Brazilian landed a whopping 20 total strikes and outside of a pair of Hail Mary guillotine attempts, did nothing of note offensively for the entire fight. A product of Dana White's Contender Series: Brazil, Moises has no business being in the octagon with the best the lightweight division has to offer.