UFC Fight Night: Assunção vs. Moraes 2
UFC Fight Night: Assunção vs. Moraes 2 (also known as UFC Fight Night 144 or UFC on ESPN+ 2) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that was held on February 2, 2019 at Centro de Formação Olímpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil.
|UFC Fight Night: Assunçao vs. Moraes II|
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Assunçao vs. Moraes II.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||February 2, 2019|
|Venue||Centro de Formação Olímpica do Nordeste|
The event marked the third that the promotion has hosted in the state capital of Ceará, following UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum in June 2013, and UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum in March of 2017.
A rematch between Raphael Assunção and former WSOF Bantamweight Champion Marlon Moraes served as the event headliner. The pairing previously met in June 2017 at UFC 212 with Assunção winning the fight via split decision.
A strawweight bout between Marina Rodriguez and Alexa Grasso was scheduled to take place at this event. However, it was reported on December 17 that Rodriguez pulled out of the event due to a hand injury. The pair was rescheduled to UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje.
Dmitry Sosnovskiy was scheduled to face Junior Albini at the event. However Sosnovskiy pulled out of the fight in early January after undergoing surgery to correct a recent injury. Albini instead faced promotional newcomer Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
At the weigh-ins, Sarah Frota and former WSOF Flyweight Champion Magomed Bibulatov both missed the required weight for their respective fights. Frota weighed in at 123 pounds, 7 pounds over the strawweight non-title fight limit of 116. Meanwhile, Bibulatov weighed in at 127 pounds, 1 pound over the flyweight non-title fight limit of 126. Bibulatov was fined 20 percent of his purse, which went to his opponent Rogério Bontorin, while Frota surrendered 40 percent of her purse to former Invicta FC Strawweight Champion Lívia Renata Souza.
|Main Card (ESPN+)|
|Bantamweight||Marlon Moraes||def.||Raphael Assunção||Submission (guillotine choke)||1||3:17|
|Featherweight||José Aldo||def.||Renato Moicano||TKO (punches)||2||0:44|
|Welterweight||Demian Maia||def.||Lyman Good||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||2:38|
|Lightweight||Charles Oliveira||def.||David Teymur||Submission (anaconda choke)||2||0:55|
|Light Heavyweight||Johnny Walker||def.||Justin Ledet||TKO (spinning back fist and punches)||1||0:15|
|Catchweight (123 lbs)||Lívia Renata Souza||def.||Sarah Frota||Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (ESPN+)|
|Middleweight||Markus Perez||def.||Anthony Hernandez||Submission (anaconda choke)||2||1:07|
|Women's Flyweight||Mara Romero Borella||def.||Taila Santos||Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Thiago Alves||def.||Max Griffin||Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Jairzinho Rozenstruik||def.||Júnior Albini||TKO (head kick and punches)||2||0:54|
|Featherweight||Geraldo de Freitas||def.||Felipe Colares||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–26)||3||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Said Nurmagomedov||def.||Ricardo Ramos||TKO (spinning back kick to the body and punches)||1||2:28|
|Catchweight (127 lbs)||Rogério Bontorin||def.||Magomed Bibulatov||Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28)||3||5:00|
The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:
- Fight of the Night: None awarded
- Performances of the Night: Marlon Moraes, José Aldo, Charles Oliveira and Johnny Walker
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