Ian Heinisch
The Hurricane


Never gets going in defeat
July 24, 2021
Heinisch lost to Nassourdine Imavov via TKO (punches) at 3:09 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 27 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Heinisch came out aggressively Saturday, but save for a few clinch situations, "The Hurricane" never had the upper hand, unable to get past Imavov's range. Heinisch was finding some success with leg kicks, but a stiff jab counter led to the end of the fight. Heinisch opened his UFC career with a pair of strong wins over decorated grapplers but has now lost four of his last five fights, which could see him on the chopping block come Monday. He falls to 14-5 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
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Targeting July 24 fight
May 8, 2021
Heinisch is expected to MMAFighting.com against Nassourdine Imavov at a UFC event on July 24, MMAFighting.com reports.
Heinisch has lost three of his previous four fights. His oppontent, Imamov, is coming off his first career UFC loss. Both fighters will look to get back on track in the middlewight division with this bout.
Drops decision to Kelvin Gastelum
February 13, 2021
Heinisch lost to Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 258 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Although Heinisch didn't embarrass himself here, he accomplished relatively little over the course of the 15-minute bout. His most effective moments of the fight were a pair of kimura attempts in the early going. Neither got the job done, and Gastelum was essentially in full control from there. Although a wrestler by trade, Heinisch struggled with the grappling of Gastelum. He allowed takedowns in all three rounds. These two were scheduled to fight late last month before Heinisch tested positive for COVID-19 and the bout was delayed a couple weeks. Perhaps the positive test impacted Heinisch's performance some, but it was clear to anyone watching that there was a gap in ability between the two. Heinisch got some publicity following a strong beginning to his UFC run, but he has lost three of his past four fights dating back to August 2019.
Fight moved to February
December 22, 2020
Heinisch's upcoming middleweight matchup against Kelvin Gastelum has been delayed until Feb. 13, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
The matchup had been scheduled for Jan. 30, but there's no longer a card set for that date. Heinisch will now be a further two weeks removed from his positive COVID-19 test when he next steps into the Octagon. He's listed as a betting underdog of roughly (+185) as of early-January.
Next fight on tap
November 12, 2020
Heinisch (illness) will take on Kelvin Gastelum in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night on Jan. 30, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Heinisch withdrew from his fight scheduled for Nov. 7 after testing positive for coronavirus, but the promotion will waste no time in getting him a new fight date. Heinisch most recently defeated Gerald Meerschaert via TKO (punches) in June, and his matchup against Gastelum will give him the chance to face a fairly high-profile opponent. Gastelum has dropped three consecutive fights, most recently losing to Jack Hermansson via submission (Heel Hook) in July. Heinisch has a slight edge in height, but the two fighters are even in reach.
Out after positive COVID-19 test
November 7, 2020
Heinisch won't face Brendan Allen on Saturday as he was forced to withdraw after testing positive for coronavirus, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
The Heinisch-Allen fight has now been called off twice, as it was originally booked for June 27 before Heinisch withdrew with an undisclosed injury. It's not clear when Heinisch will be able to get back in the Octagon. With the withdrawal happening on the day of the fight, there's no time to find a replacement, so Allen won't be able to take part in the card.