Thiago Moises

Brazil

Facing Joel Alvarez
LightweightUFC
October 5, 2021
Moises will take on Joel Alvarez in Las Vegas on Nov. 13, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Moises will look to bounce back from his main-event loss against Islam Makhachev, a fight which saw him fall in the fourth round via submission. Prior to that, he'd won three straight fights. Alvarez is riding a three-fight winning streak of his own and has accomplished that feat in just four total rounds.
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Hangs tough before tapping out
LightweightUFC
July 17, 2021
Moises lost to Islam Makhachev via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:38 of Round 4 at UFC on ESPN 26 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Moises was totally overwhelmed by the time this one hit the championship rounds, but he made Makhachev work for his victory for the better part of the first 15 minutes. The Brazilian actually won a couple of positional battles between the two early on, but it appears to be impossible to slow Makhachev down for any significant length of time and Moises ultimately became his latest victim. Moises definitely deserves some credit. He put up a fight despite entering as roughly a +500 underdog. Moises -- who is better on the mat than the feet -- is clearly a talented fighter and one loss to a dominant Makhachev doesn't change that in the least. This defeat snaps a three-fight winning streak for the 26-year-old Brazilian, who clearly has time on his side.
Gets main event spot
LightweightUFC
June 24, 2021
Moises' scheduled lightweight matchup against Islam Makhachev has been moved to the main event of the UFC event scheduled for July 17, John Morgan of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
This was originally scheduled to be a featherweight showdown between Max Holloway and Yair Rodriguez before Holloway was forced to withdraw due to injury. Instead, Moises will be tasked with his first five-round fight under the UFC banner and first overall since 2016. Moises is a BJJ black belt currently riding a three-fight winning streak, but will be going up against one of his toughest tasks as a member of the UFC. Makhachev is known for his relentless pursuit of takedowns, while Moises defends them at just a 63 percent clip. Moises can be dangerous off his back, though he only has one submission win in six UFC appearances. Early oddsmakers list Moises as an underdog as high as (+350).
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.
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.