The Octagon remains in Abu Dhabi for tonight’s UFC Fight Island 5 event, a 13-bout fight card headlined by Marlon Moraes vs. Corey Sandhagen.
The former bantamweight title challenger, Moraes (23-6-1 MMA), will be returning to action for the first time since scoring a controversial split decision win over Jose Aldo at UFC 245.
‘Magic’ has gone 5-1 over his past six Octagon appearances, with his lone loss in that time coming by way of TKO to the now-retired former champion in Henry Cejudo.
Meanwhile, Cory Sandhagen (12-2 MMA) will enter tonight’s bout with Marlon Moraes looking to rebound from his recent submission loss to Aljamain Sterling. Prior to being stopped by ‘The Funk Master’, Sandhagen was riding a seven-fight win streak which included victories over Raphael Assuncao and John Lineker.
The co-main event of UFC Fight Island 5 will feature an intriguing featherweight contest between Edson Barboza and Makwan Amirkhani.
Barboza (20-9 MMA) will be looking to snap a three-fight losing skid at tonight’s event on Yas Island. The Brazilian made his featherweight debut this May in Jacksonville, but wound up dropping a split decision loss to Hawaiian standout Dan Ige.
Barboza’s most recent victory came back in December of 2018, when he scored a knockout victory over Dan Hooker in a lightweight contest.
As for Makwan Amirkhani (16-4 MMA), ‘Mr. Finland’ will enter UFC Fight Island 5 looking to build off the momentum from his first round submission win over Danny Henry this past July.
Amirkhani has gone 6-2 over his past eight Octagon appearance ahead of tonight’s co-main event.
Also featured on this evening’s UFC Fight Island 5 card is a heavyweight contest between Ben Rothwell and Marcin Tybura.
Rothwell (38-12 MMA) has gone 2-2 since returning to the UFC in March of 2019. ‘Big Ben’ will enter tonight’s event sporting a two-fight winning streak, his latest being a split decision win over Ovince Saint Preux this past May.
Meanwhile, Marcin Tybura (19-6 MMA) will also enter UFC Fight Island 5 on a two-fight win streak. The Polish heavyweight is coming off back-to-back unanimous decision wins over Sergey Spivak and Maxim Grishin in his most recent Octagon appearances.
Get all of tonight’s live results and highlights below.
UFC Fight Island 5 Main Card (8pm EST on ESPN)
Marlon Moraes vs. Cory Sandhagen – Sandhagen def. Moraes via TKO in Round 2
Edson Barboza vs. Makwan Amirkhani – Barboza def. Amirkhani by unanimous decision
Ben Rothwell vs. Marcin Tybura – Tybura def. Rothwell by unanimous decision (29-27 x3)
Markus Perez vs. Dricus Du Plessis – Du Plessis def. Perez via TKO at 3:22 of Round 1
Tom Aspinall vs. Alan Baudot – Aspinall def. Baudot via TKO at 1:35 of Round 1
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) October 11, 2020
Youssef Zalal vs. Ilia Topuria – Topuria def. Zalal by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
UFC Fight Island 5 Prelims (5pm EST on ESPN+)
Tom Breese vs. KB Bhullar – Breese def. Bhullar via TKO at 1:42 of Round 1
Chris Daukaus vs. Rodrigo Nascimento – Daukaus def. Nascimento via TKO (punches) at 0:45 of Round 1
NO TIME AT ALL ⏱
⚡️ @ChrisDaukausMMA flashing the insane hand speed!
— UFC (@ufc) October 10, 2020
Impa Kasanganay vs. Joaquin Buckley – Buckley KO’s Kasanganay at 2:58 of Round 2
WTF HOLY SHIIIIIIT!!!! pic.twitter.com/g8L0YsfABL
— ShayMyName (@ImShannonTho) October 10, 2020
Ali Alqaisi vs. Tony Kelley – Kelley def. AlQaisi by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Giga Chikadze vs. Omar Morales -Chikadze def. Morales by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Tracy Cortez vs. Stephanie Egger – Cortez def. Egger by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Bruno Silva vs. Tagir Ulanbekov – Ulanbekov def. Silva by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on October 10, 2020
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