|UFC on ESPN: Makhachev vs. Moisés|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||July 17, 2021|
|Attendance||None (behind closed doors)|
UFC on ESPN: Makhachev vs. Moisés (also known as UFC on ESPN 26 and UFC Vegas 31) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on July 17, 2021 at the UFC Apex facility in Enterprise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area, United States.
A featherweight bout between former UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway and The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America featherweight winner Yair Rodríguez was slated to serve as the event headliner. However, Holloway was pulled from the bout due to injury. The pair is expected to remain intact and the bout will be rescheduled to a future event. Subsequently, a lightweight bout between Islam Makhachev and Thiago Moisés was then promoted to serve as the new main event.
A women's bantamweight bout between former Strikeforce and UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate and Marion Reneau took place at this event. It was Tate's first fight since UFC 205, where she lost to former title challenger Raquel Pennington via unanimous decision and decided to retire afterwards.
Guram Kutateladze and Don Madge were expected to meet in a lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad four months earlier, but Kutateladze pulled out due to a knee injury that required surgery. They were then rescheduled for this event. However, the bout was scrapped after Kutateladze once again withdrew from the bout citing injury and visa issues.
A heavyweight bout between Rodrigo Nascimento and Alan Baudot was originally expected to take place at UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt. However, they were rescheduled to this event after Baudot got injured.
Herbert Burns and Billy Quarantillo were expected to meet in a featherweight bout at this event. Burns eventually pulled out in early June due to a torn ACL and was replaced by Gabriel Benítez.
A flyweight bout between Ode Osbourne and Amir Albazi was originally linked to the event. However, Albazi pulled out of the fight in late June citing injury. In turn, Osbourne was pulled from the card entirely and rescheduled for a future event.
A middleweight bout between Phil Hawes and Deron Winn was scheduled to take place at the event. However, Winn was forced to pull out from the event citing a separated rib and torn cartilage. The pairing is expected to remain intact and it was rescheduled for October at UFC Fight Night 196.
Abubakar Nurmagomedov was scheduled to meet Daniel Rodriguez in a welterweight bout. However, Nurmagomedov was forced to withdraw from the event citing injury. Rodriguez faced promotional newcomer Preston Parsons instead.
A bantamweight bout between Miles Johns and Anderson dos Santos was scheduled for the preliminary card. However, the bout was removed just hours before taking place due to COVID-19 protocol issues in Dos Santos' camp.
|Main card (ESPN / ESPN+)|
|Lightweight||Islam Makhachev||def.||Thiago Moisés||Submission (rear-naked choke)||4||2:38|
|Women's Bantamweight||Miesha Tate||def.||Marion Reneau||TKO (punches)||3||1:53|
|Lightweight||Mateusz Gamrot||def.||Jeremy Stephens||Submission (kimura)||1||1:05|
|Middleweight||Rodolfo Vieira||def.||Dustin Stoltzfus||Submission (rear-naked choke)||3||1:54|
|Featherweight||Billy Quarantillo||def.||Gabriel Benítez||TKO (punches)||3||3:40|
|Preliminary card (ESPN / ESPN+)|
|Welterweight||Daniel Rodriguez||def.||Preston Parsons||TKO (punches)||1||3:47|
|Women's Strawweight||Amanda Lemos||def.||Montserrat Ruiz||TKO (punches)||1||0:35|
|Bantamweight||Sergey Morozov||def.||Khalid Taha||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Flyweight||Malcolm Gordon||def.||Francisco Figueiredo||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Rodrigo Nascimento||def.||Alan Baudot||TKO (punches)||2||1:29|
The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.
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