Ian Heinisch

Ian Heinisch meets Brad Tavares at UFC Fight Night Singapore

Less than two weeks ago Ian Heinisch was in action at UFC 241 and wasting no time, the Colorado middleweight will be back in the Octagon in eight weeks.

As was first reported by Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com, number 10 ranked contender Ian “The Hurricane” Heinisch will take on number 11 ranked Brad Tavares at UFC Fight Night 162.

The former two-time Colorado state wrestling champion will look to rebound from a unanimous decision loss to Derek Brunson. The loss halted a 5-fight win streak that included decision wins over Cezar Ferreira and Antonio Carlos Junior, which had “The Hurricane” on the fast track to stardom. The former LFA champion trains out of Factory X and has dealt with adversity before. As most know, Heninisch has rebuilt his life through MMA after serving time for drug trafficking.

Brad Tavares hasn’t been in action since the TUF 27 Finale last July when he suffered a decision loss to Israel Adesanya; putting an end to a 4-fight win streak. The Hawaiian fights out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas and has been a perennial contender since 2014, a trio of times failing to score the victory that would put his name in the title talk. The 31-year-old has racked up five of his seven stoppage victories by knockout.

UFC Fight Night 162 or UFC on ESPN+ 20 whichever you prefer takes place on October 26 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

ESPN+ Card

  • Welterweight Bout: Demian Maia (27-9) vs. Ben Askren (19-1)
  • Lightweight Bout: Michael Johnson (19-14) vs. Stevie Ray (22-9)
  • Middleweight: Ian Heinisch (13-2) vs. Brad Tavares (17-5)
  • Heavyweight: Sergei Pavlovich (13-1) vs. Maurice Greene (8-2)
  • Heavyweight: Ciryl Gane (4-0) vs. Don’Tale Mayes (7-2)