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UFC Fight Island 5 Recap and Future Predictions

UFC Fight Island 5 is over and it was a thrilling card from the starter preliminary bout to the main event! Let’s get into the main card recap!

Results

  • Cory Sandhagen finished Marlon Moraes via TKO
  • Edson Barboza defeated Makwan Amirkhani via unanimous decision
  • Marcin Tybura defeated Ben Rothwell via unanimous decision
  • Dricus Du Plessis finished. Markus Perez via KO
  • Tom Aspinall finished Alan Baudot via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:35
  • Ilia Topuria defeated Youssef Zalal via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Ilia Topuria victorious in debut against Youssef Zalal

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 11: (R-L) Ilia Topuria punches Youssef Zalal of Morocco in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 11, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The main card kicked off with the debuting Ilia Topuria facing off against Youssef Zalal. This fight showed off the grappling skills of both featherweights. Although the bout started on the feet, Topuria to his Greco-Roman wrestling by taking down Zalal. Once the fight hit the floor it, both fighters fought for control with the majority of the bout staying on the ground with Topuria attempting 5 submissions and almost locking one in during the bout. What’s next?

  • Ilia Topuria
    • Lerone Murphy

Tom Aspinall drops ground and pound bombs on Alan Baudot

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 11: (R-L) Tom Aspinall of England punches Alan Baudot of France in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 11, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Tom Aspinall only needed a lighting quick 45 seconds to win as he dominated Alan Baudot from start to finish. Aspinall was the aggressor of the fight as he showed his punching power and as a takedown followed shortly after to end the fight on the ground. What’s next?

  • Tom Aspinall
    • Sergey Spivak

Dricus Du Plessis victorous against Markus Perez

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 11: (R-L) Dricus du Plessis of South Africa punches Markus Perez of Brazil in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 11, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Although Du Plessis looked nervous in his debut it did not matter as Du Plessis was able to overcome them and be comfortable before catching Perez with a strange uppercut behind Perez’s ear as he was sucuttling back before following up with heavy ground and pound bombs. What’s next?

  • Dricus Du Plessis
    • Puna Soriano

Marcin Tybura out strikes veteran Ben Rothwell

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Marcin Tybura of Poland punches Ben Rothwell in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 11, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

This fight was a heavyweight slug fest (And I loved every second of it) Although Marcin Tybura got the decision win, Ben Rothwell didn’t want the judges to get involved as he pushed the pace in the first. However due to his defense and his striking Tybura was able to survive with the judges scoring the bout the fight 29-27 x 3 with Tybura getting the win via unanimous decision. What’s next?

  • Marcin Tybura
    • Fabricio Werdum

Edson Barboza dominates Makwan Amirkhani

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Edson Barboza of Brazil punches Makwan Amirkhani of Finland in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 11, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Edson Barbosa is finally back in the winners column after a dominant performance against Makwan Amirkhani. Using his extended arsenal of striking Barbosa looked like a new man as he looked to avenge his loss during his featherweight debut. Looking like a new man, Barboza gave Amirkhani a hard fight as Barbosa peppered him with his full arsenal of his strikes and even got a few knockdowns against Mr. Finland before winning via unanimous decision with the judges scoring the bout 30-26, 30-27, and 29-28. What’s next?

  •  Edson Barboza
    • Sodiq Yusuff
  • Makwan Amirkhani
    • Zubaira Tukhugov

Cory Sandhagen puts away Marlon Moraes with spinning wheel kick

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Cory Sandhagen kicks Marlon Moraes of Brazil in their bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 11, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Both Cory Sandhagen and Marlon Moraes looked to be the aggressor however it was Sandhagen that looked better throughout the round. But then the unthinkable happened. Cory Sandhagen pulled a ‘Magic Moraes’ On Marlon Moraes as Sandhagen threw a stunning spinning heel kick that staggered Moraes and sent him to the canvas. Sandhagen quickly followed with a few more punches to end the fight with the referee stopping the fight shortly after.

  • Cory Sandhagen
    • Frankie Edgar
  • Marlon Moraes
    • Pedro Munhoz

Up Next!

Next Week! Brian Ortega and The Korean Zombie finally face off next week in this years biggest feud!


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