UFC Argentina Recap: Ian Heinisch gets decision win over veteran Cezar Ferreira in debut

In the only middleweight bout on the card, it was originally scheduled as Cezar Ferreira (13-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) Vs. Englands Tom Breese. Unfortunately, Brees had to pull out due to injury and Ian Heinisch (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) steps in to take the fight on short notice. This is a big opportunity for the former LFA  interim champion Heinisch who is looking to go 1-0 in the UFC after winning a UFC contract on this past season of the Contender Series. Ferreira is looking to get his third consecutive win and move up in the rankings.

Heinisch implied pressure early in round 1 but he did get taken down for a moment by Ferreira after timing a kick from Heinisch. Heinisch continued to be the aggressor but nothing landed significant. Ferreira did catch another kick from Heinisch but Heinisch pulled guard for an arm in guillotine. The choke looked tight but as the failed, Heinish did lock in a tight armbar where Ferreira escaped at the bell.

2nd round started with Ferreira getting the takedown but Heinisch again would show he’s dangerous off his back using a kimura to get back to his feet. Heinish being the much fresher fighter and more active striker on the feet, Ferreira is timing Heinish get the easy takedown. With that said, Heinisch again would scramble back to his feet always moving and looking to improve his position. In the closing seconds of round 2, Heinisch dropping Ferreira with a big right hand.

In the final round, the fight started off in familiar fashion as Ferreira got the takedown but Heinisch quickly bouncing back up. Heinisch would have Ferreira in some trouble landing a flurry of strikes and a flush head kick but decided to get the single leg takedown. The fight stayed on the feet for a little under a minute and Ferreira was extremely gassed. As it looked as Heinisch could finish he would enter the clinch and would throw wild with Ferreira at the bell in an entertaining fight. Ian Heinisch defeated Cezar Ferreira via decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).

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