Ian Heinisch
The Hurricane


Scheduled for UFC 250
May 8, 2020
Heinisch will face Gerald Meerschaert in a middleweight matchup at UFC 250 on June 6, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
After experiencing success in his first two fights after getting his shot via the Contender Series, Heinisch went home with losses in each of his two bouts against Derek Brunson last August and Omari Akhmedov last December. He'll face a fighter in Meershaert who is coming off a win against Deron Winn in March, but who also happens to be 2-3 in his last five bouts. Heinisch will have the edge in striking volume and striking defense, while Meerschaert is significantly more active in the wrestling department.
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Gets contract renewed
March 31, 2020
Heinisch revealed Monday that he signed a four-fight contract extension with the UFC, James Lynch of TheScore.com reports.
Heinisch (13-3) has taken losses in both of his past two fights, bringing his record to 2-2 since joining the UFC in 2018. In addition to announcing his contract renewal, Heinisch also said that he's opted to change training venues with the hope of putting an end to the losing streak. After previously working out at the Factory X gym in Colorado, Heinisch has opted to make Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand as his new home gym.
Struggles continue in Vegas
December 14, 2019
Heinisch lost to Omari Akhmedov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 245 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Heinisch has gone from the title conversation at 185 pounds to a career crossroads in a span of just four months. Making a charge at the top spot following an impressive win over Antonio Carlos Junior in May, Heinisch has since dropped unanimous decisions to both Derek Brunson and Akhmedov. Saturday's performance was particularly concerning. Knowing full well that he was in need of a rebound performance, Heinisch accomplished nothing over the course of the first ten minutes. He was definitely better in Round 3, but the damage had already been done. Heinisch is in a really tough spot whenever his takedowns aren't landing. He scored on three attempts on Saturday, but he also failed on seven tries. It's an unfortunate turn of a events for a guy who looked like a contender not all that long ago.
To compete at UFC 245
December 2, 2019
Heinisch (undisclosed) is expected to take on Omari Akhmedov in a middleweight matchup at UFC 245 on Dec. 14, MMAFighting.com reports.
Heinisch started his UFC run 2-0 with an impressive win over Antonio Carlos Junior, but followed that up with a loss against Derek Brunson. He was then given an opportunity to bounce back against Brad Tavares in Singapore, but the UFC ultimately elected to go in another direction with Tavares due to undisclosed reasons. It's unclear if a health issue was ever in play for Heinisch, who will now take on a younger fighter in Akhmedov who is on a two-fight winning streak. Heinisch has superior striking volume and slightly better striking defense over a small sample size, but Akhmedov has a statistically better offensive wrestling game. Considering Heinisch has a sub-par takedown defense of 63 percent, and was taken down twice in his loss to Brunson, that will likely be a focal point of his fight camp leading up to the matchup.
Not fighting at Singapore
October 1, 2019
Heinisch won't fight Brad Tavares at UFC Singapore on Oct. 26, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Scheduled opponent Brad Tavares will shift to UFC 244 to fight Edmen Shahbazyan on Nov. 2. It's unclear if Heinisch simply lost his opponent for the bout or if there's an issue preventing him from fighting.
Lands on Singapore card
August 29, 2019
Heinisch has been booked to take on Brad Tavares in a middleweight bout at UFC Singapore on October 26, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Heinisch's last bout just took place about two weeks ago at UFC 241 in Anaheim, where he lost to Derek Brunson via unanimous decision. That put an end to what was a five-fight winning streak for the America and was his first lost since 2017. His opponent, Tavares, enters on a similar note, with his last fight in July of 2018 being his first loss since 2015.