A meeting between No. 9-ranked Islam Makhachev and No. 14-ranked Thiago Moises in the main event of UFC Vegas 31 ended in the fourth round courtesy of a Dagestani contender.
The fight started with leg kicks by both the men. Makhachev mainly focused on putting pressure on Moises as he held him near the cage for several minutes. Moises initiated a lot of grappling exchanges, pressing Mkhachev against the cage before falling down to secure a takedown. However, Mkhachev did not stay on the ground for very long and would quickly reverse the situation to regain top control.
It was the same strategy in the second and third rounds, but Moises seemed to slow down as the minutes wore on. Makhachev continued to hold the pressure and it would eventually lead to a sunken rear-neck choke on Moise in the fourth round.
Watch Tim Burke’s play-by-play of Islam Makhachev vs Thiago Moises in the fourth round:
Moises with a straight right. Low inside leg kick too. Head kick from Makhsev is blocked. He drops Moises on the mat. Moises immediately looks for a triangle but there is nothing there. Moises’s head rests against the cage while Makhachev watches a steady stream of attacks closely follow. Stiff elbow. Moises pushes and tries to walk away but drops his back. Same location as the second round, Turtle Mode. Punches from Makhchev. He can’t sink the second hook so he strikes the neck anyway. Wow squeeze Moises tap!