Thiago Moises

Brazil

Facing Makhachev on July 17
LightweightUFC
May 12, 2021
Moises will battle Islam Makhachev at the UFC event on July 17, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
It appears that Moises' right foot injury isn't significant, as the lightweight will be back in the octagon to face Makhachev almost five months after his most recent battle against Alexander Hernandez. Makhachev will be entering the ring fresh off a win over Drew Dober at UFC 259 on March 6.
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Needs foot X-ray
LightweightUFC
March 2, 2021
Moises is facing a 180-day medical suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission pending X-rays on his right foot, USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Moises pulled a big upset over Alexander Hernandez on Saturday at UFC Vegas 20, but he didn't come away from the bout completely unscathed. The lightweight fighter will need to spend a minimum of 30 days on the sidelines, but could be out until the fall if he's unable to obtain orthopedic clearance.
Pulls upset in Vegas
LightweightUFC
February 27, 2021
Moises defeated Alexander Hernandez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Moises was on point for the duration of a fight in which he entered as a +190 underdog. The Brazilian isn't as graceful in the standup as Hernandez appears to be, but it was Moises who won the majority of the striking exchanges between the two men on the strength of patience and accuracy. Moises' cardio was also exceptional, as he got stronger and stronger as the fight progressed. Moises is better on the mat than the feet, but he's still just 25 years old and his striking is clearly much improved. Moises has won three straight and four of five dating back to May 2019. He appears primed to make a run at the top-15 at 155 pounds as 2021 progresses.
Paired with Alexander Hernandez
LightweightUFC
January 21, 2021
Moises (thumb) will take on Alexander Hernandez in a lightweight bout in Las Vegas on Feb. 27, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Moises was hit with a six-month medical suspension due to a thumb injury suffered during his October victory over Bobby Green, but he's evidently been cleared to return ahead of that timeline. He'll be looking for his third consecutive win, while Hernandez will be looking for his second straight, having defeated Chris Gruetzemacher by first-round TKO in his most recent fight.
Dealing with thumb injury
LightweightUFC
November 3, 2020
Moises won't fight again until April 30 of next year due to a right thumb injury, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Moises was hit with a six-month medical suspension due to an injury he suffered while defeating Bobby Green via unanimous decision Saturday. He'll be eligible to return before six months are up if cleared by an orthopedic doctor.
Upsets Bobby Green
LightweightUFC
October 31, 2020
Moises defeated Bobby Green via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Moises may or may not have deserved the judges decision, but the fact of the matter is that he fought pretty well considering he entered as a +255 underdog. As is generally the case in a Moises fight, he accomplished little on the feet. In fact, Green landed more than twice as many (94 to 43) total strikes as the Brazilian. Moises isn't blessed with elite physical traits, but he's excellent on the mat and has faced some quality competition despite being just 25 years of age. He's 3-1 in his past four fights, but the vast majority of his future potential is almost entirely tied to his youth.