Modestas Bukauskas


Gets demolished early
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 17, 2020
Bukauskas lost to Jimmy Crute via KO (punches) at 2:01 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Bukauskas generally showcases good movement and came into this fight with a four-inch reach advantage but started throwing the kicks without setting them up, which allowed Crute to demolish him with a clean overhand right. The Lithuanian fighter has some real skills he can put to work in this division, but seemed unprepared for the power of his opponent in this one, resulting in the loss. Bukauskas falls to 11-3 in professional MMA.
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Next fight set for October
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 13, 2020
Bukauskas will fight Jimmy Crute at the UFC event on October 17, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
The location for this fight is to be determined. Bukauskas last fought in mid-July when he defeated Andreas Michailidis via TKO.
Strong showing in company debut
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 15, 2020
Bukauskas defeated Andreas Michailidis via TKO (referee stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.
It was a strong effort from Bukauskas in his company debut. Entering on a six-fight winning streak, Bukauskas pounded the smaller Michalidis throughout the course of Round 1. It should come as no surprise considering Bukauskas -- a natural light heavyweight -- was going up against a natural middleweight in Michailidis. He looked calm and fluid on the feet and finished the bout with some perfectly placed elbows to the side of the head of his opponent. Bukauskas becomes the first Lithuanian-born fighter to pick up a win in the UFC. He'll also take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts.
New Fight Island opponent
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 6, 2020
Bukauskas will now take on Andreas Michailidis on July 15 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Bukauskas was originally scheduled to enter as roughly a (-280) betting favorite against Vinicius Alves Moreira, but the bout was scrapped after Moreira tested positive for COVID-19. Bukauskas will now put his six-fight winning streak on the line against Michailidis, a 31-year-old fighter who has seen action all over the globe, including brief stints in Bellator, Titan FC and Fight Nights Global. It seems Michailidis is moving up a weight class to take this bout on short notice, so the size advantage should lie with Bukauskas.
Needs new opponent
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 3, 2020
Bukauskas will need a new opponent after Vinicius Moreira tested positive for COVID-19, reports.
Given that the test has surfaced well ahead of the bout, there should be plenty of time for Bukausaks to get a replacement for his UFC debut. He's riding a six-match winning streak into the July 15 contest at Fight Island.
Will fight July 15
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 10, 2020
Bukauskas will take on Vinicius Alves Moreira on July 15 at a UFC event in Abu Dhabi, reports.
The Cage Warriors light heavyweight champion will be making his UFC debut on Fight Island. Bukauskas carries a 10-2 career record into the fight against Moreira who is 0-3 in his UFC career.