UFC Fight Island 5 Results: Cory Sandhagen Beats Marlon Moraes, Joaquin Buckley With A Highlight KO

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Main Card (8pm EST., ESPN+)

#4 Cory Sandhagen def. #1 Marlon Moraes by TKO via strikes (1:03, R2)

#14 Edson Barboza def. Makwan Amirkhani by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)

Marcin Tybura def. Ben Rothwell by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Dricus Du Plessis def. Markus Perez by KO via strikes (3:22, R1)

Tom Aspinall def. Alan Baudot by TKO via strikes (1:35, R1)

Ilia Topuria def. Youssef Zalal by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Preliminary Card (5pm EST., ESPN+)

Tom Breese def. KB Bhullar by TKO via strikes (1:42, R1)

Chris Daukaus def. Rodrigo Nascimento by KO via strikes (0:45, R1)

Joaquin Buckley def. Impa Kasanganay by KO via spinning back kick (2:03, R2)

Tony Kelley def. Ali Alqaisi by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Giga Chikadze def. Omar Morales by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Tracy Cortez def. Stephanie Egger by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Tagir Ulanbekov def. Bruno Silva by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)


#1 Marlon Moraes vs. #4 Cory Sandhagen

Round One: The round begins with the fighters trading some kicks, Sandhagen starts landing some leg kicks on Moraes. Moraes pops Sandhagen with a kick to the midsection, Moraes lands a few counter strikes on a swinging Sandhagen. Sandhagen charges forward and Moraes pops him with a left hook, Sandhagen attacks Moraes with a jump knee strike. Moraes also starts landing some leg kicks against Sandhagen, Sandhagen and Moraes trade some spinning attacks. Sandhagen continues coming forward while swinging away at Moraes, Sandhagen follows up by landing a body kick on Moraes. Sandhagen then lands a knee strike to the midsection of Moraes, Moraes scores a takedown on Sandhagen as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Sandhagen

Round Two: The round begins with the fighters trading some leg kicks, Sandhagen cracks Moraes with a front kick to the midsection. Moraes backs up Sandhagen after landing a right to the midsection, Sandhagen drops Moraes with a spinning heel kick. Sandhagen pounces on a downed Moraes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: #4 Cory Sandhagen def. #1 Marlon Moraes by TKO via strikes (1:03, R2)

#14 Edson Barboza vs. Makwan Amirkhani

Round One: The round begins with Barboza attacking Amirkhani with a few leg kicks, Amirkhani starts landing a few jabs against Barboza. Barboza nails Amirkhani with a kick to the midsection, Barboza follows up by landing a right to the midsection of Amirkhani. Amirkhani looks for the takedown and Barboza defends while landing a few strikes, Amirkhani recovers and he pops Barboza with a short right uppercut. Amirkhani scores a takedown on Barboza after eating a body kick as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Barboza

Round Two: The round begins with the fighters exchanging some rights, Barboza hits Amirkhani with a right to the midsection after eating a short right uppercut. Amirkhani continues landing jabs against Barboza, Barboza nails a swinging Amirkhani with a counter right hook to the midsection. Barboza drops Amirkhani with a right to the face, Barboza keeps Amirkhani down while controlling his head. The fighters get up again and Barboza cracks Amirkhani with another right, Amirkhani looks for a takedown and Barboza defends against it. Barboza drops Amirkhani again and he catches him in a d’arce choke afterwards, Amirkhani escapes and Amirkhani gets Barboza down as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-8 for Barboza (Overall Score: 20-17 for Barboza)

Round Three: The round begins with Barboza kicking him in the midsection, Amirkhani goes for the takedown and Barboza defends. Amirkhani scores a takedown on Barboza and he gets the full guard after a struggle, Amirkhani attacks Barboza with some ground and pound. The referee stands up the fighters for inactivity, the action resumes with Barboza cracking Amirkhani with a left hook and a body kick. Barboza rocks a swinging Amirkhani with a counter strike combination as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Barboza (Final Score: 30-26 for Barboza)

Official Result: #14 Edson Barboza def. Makwan Amirkhani by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)

Ben Rothwell vs. Marcin Tybura

Round One: The round begins with the fighters taking a few swings at each other, Rothwell charges at Tybura while landing some combinations. Tybura blocks a knee strike before nailing Rothwell with a counter right, Rothwell starts landing some leg kicks on Tybura. Tybura lands multiple counter strikes on a swinging Rothwell, Tybura backs up Rothwell with a two punch combination. Rothwell continues coming forward as the fighters swing away at each other, Rothwell throws a multiple strike combination that ends with a high kick attempt. Tybura nails Rothwell with a kick to the midsection, the fighters clinch and exchange some strikes until they disengage. The fighters clinch again and swing away at each other, Rothwell slips on a high kick and Tybura lands a few strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Rothwell

Round Two: The round begins with Rothwell attacking Tybura with some leg kicks, Tybura comes forward and he takes some swings at Rothwell. Rothwell and Tybura get into a few striking exchanges, Tybura lands leg kicks of his own against Rothwell. Tybura grabs Rothwell and gets him against the cage wall, the fighters separate and swing away at each other. Rothwell comes forward and he nails Tybura with a left to the midsection, the fighters clinch and exchange more strikes. Tybura lands multiple strikes on a swinging Rothwell, Rothwell eats a knee strike before attacking Tybura with more leg kicks. Rothwell and Tybura continue getting into multiple striking exchanges, Tybura lands an uppercut on Rothwell as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Tybura (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with Tybura kicking Rothwell in the midsection, Rothwell continues coming forward and swinging away at Tybura. Tybura cracks an incoming Rothwell with multiple counter strikes, Tybura eats some strikes while landing a pair of counter rights on Rothwell. Rothwell backs up Tybura while swinging away at him, Tybura scores a takedown on Rothwell and he gets the full guard. Tybura attacks Rothwell with some ground and pound, Tybura maintains top control and he nails Rothwell with a plethora of strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Tybura (Final Score: 29-28 for Tybura)

Official Result: Marcin Tybura def. Ben Rothwell by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Dricus Du Plessis vs. Markus Perez

Round One: The round begins with Du Plessis attacking Perez with some leg kicks, Perez comes forward and he lands a left on Du Plessis. Perez nails Du Plessis with a kick to the midsection, Du Plessis fires back with a few leg kicks on Perez. Du Plessis and Perez exchange some punching combinations, Du Plessis throws a kick and Perez responds by throwing a combination. Du Plessis cracks a swinging Perez with a counter right, Du Plessis drops a swinging Perez with a counter left hook and he lands a few follow up strikes as the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Dricus Du Plessis def. Markus Perez by KO via strikes (3:22, R1)

Tom Aspinall vs. Alan Baudot

Round One: The round begins with Baudot taking a few swings at Aspinall, Baudot lands a leg kicks and a right on Aspinall. Baudot goes for some spinning attacks against Aspinall, Aspinall gets Baudot against the cage wall while landing a combination. Aspinall scores a takedown on Baudot and he gets the full mount, Aspinall attacks Baudot with ground and pound until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Tom Aspinall def. Alan Baudot by TKO via strikes (1:35, R1)

Youssef Zalal vs. Ilia Topuria

Round One: The round begins with Zalal attacking Topuria with a high kick, Topuria cracks a leaping Zalal with a counter left hook. Topuria backs up Zalal while taking a few swings at him, Zalal nails Topuria with a kick to the midsection. Topuria grabs Zalal and he gets him up against the cage wall, Topuria scores a takedown on Zalal and he gets the full mount. Topuria gains back control on a scrambling Zalal, Zalal gets up and Topuria drags him back to the ground. Topuria drops for an arm in guillotine choke , Topuria transitions to a d’arce choke and Zalal defends. Zalal gets up and he separates from Topuria, Topuria lands a two punch combo as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Topuria

Round Two: The round begins with Topuria attacking a kicking Zalal with a counter right, Zalal grabs Topuria and he gets him against the cage wall. Topuria attacks Zalal with a few strikes while in the clinch, the fighters separate and Topuria cracks Zalal with a multiple punch combo followed by a knee strike. Topuria also lands a two punch combo on Zalal before scoring a takedown on him, Topuria catches Zalal in a guillotine choke and Zalal defends. Topuria transitions to back control on Zalal, Zalal scrambles and he gets the fight standing again while jumping on the back of Topuria, Topuria shakes Zalal off of him while landing a few strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Topuria (Overall Score: 20-18 for Topuria)

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters taking some swings at each other, Topuria scores a takedown on Zalal and he gets the half guard. Topuria transitions to back control on Zalal, Toopuria rolls for a rear naked choke and Zalal defends while getting the fight standing again. Topuria goes for a takedown and Zalal catches him in a guillotine choke, Topuria defends and he gets top control on the ground. Topuria gains the half guard position on Zalal, Zalal scrambles and Topuria gains back control on him. Topuria goes for a rear naked choke and Zalal defends again to get the fight standing, Zalal backs up Topuria while swinging away at him. Topuria grabs Zalal and he gets him against the cage wall, Zalal gets free and Topuria blocks a knee strike before scoring a takedown as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Topuria (Final Score: 30-27 for Topuria)

Official Result: Ilia Topuria def. Youssef Zalal by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Tom Breese vs. KB Bhullar

Round One: The round begins with the fighters trading some jabs, Breese starts landing some leg kicks on Bhullar. Bhullar charges at Breese while taking some swings at him, Bhullar starts landing some leg kicks on Breese. Breese responds by cracking Bhullar with a pair of left hooks, Breese drops Bhullar with a jab and he pounces on him with more strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Tom Breese def. KB Bhullar by TKO via strikes (1:42, R1)

Rodrigo Nascimento vs. Chris Daukaus

Round One: The round begins with the fighters taking some swings at each other, Daukaus drops Nascimento with a left hook and he pounces on him with more strikes. Nascimento scrambles to his feet and Daukaus drops him with a combination and the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Chris Daukaus def. Rodrigo Nascimento by KO via strikes (0:45, R1)

Impa Kasanganay vs. Joaquin Buckley

Round One: The round begins with the fighters swinging away at each other, Buckley rocks Kasanganay during a wild striking exchange. Buckley starts attacking Kasanganay with some leg kicks, Kasanganay throws a kick and Buckley responds with a three punch combo. Buckley scores a takedown on Kasanganay and he gets the full guard, Buckley attacks Kasanganay with some ground and pound. Kasanganay scrambles to his feet and Buckley gets him against the cage wall, Kasanganay cracks Buckley with a knee strike as they separate. Kasanganay comes forward and he nails Buckley with a straight right, Buckley charges at Kasanganay while swinging away at him. Buckley goes for a head kick and Kasanganay blocks it, Buckley goes for a jump knee strike as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Buckley

Round Two: The round begins with Kasanganay attacking Buckley with some leg kicks, Buckley comes forward while swinging away at Kasanganay. Buckley nails Kasanganay with a few strikes to the midsection, Buckley then hits Kasanganay with a kick to the midsection. Buckley briefly stuns Kasanganay during a striking exchange, Buckley destroys Kasanganay with a spinning back kick to the head and Kasanganay goes out cold.

Official Result: Joaquin Buckley def. Impa Kasanganay by KO via spinning back kick (2:03, R2)

Ali Alqaisi vs. Tony Kelley

Round One: The round begins with Kelley attacking Alqaisi with some leg kicks, Alqaisi scores a takedown on a kicking Kelley and he gets top control. Alqaisi attacks a downed Kelley with some knee strikes, Alqaisi rolls for a guillotine choke and Kelley defends to get the fight standing again. Alqaisi scores a takedown on Kelley and Kelley catches him in a triangle choke and Alqaisi defends until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Alqaisi

Round Two: The round begins with Alqaisi nailing Kelley with a two punch combo, Alqaisi starts attacking Kelley with some leg kicks. Kelley fires back and he lands leg kicks on Alqaisi, Alqaisi then pops Kelley with a few punches to the midsection. Alqaisi looks for a takedown while getting Kelley up against the cage wall, the fighters separate and swing away at each other. Kelley rocks a swinging Alqaisi with a counter right, Kelley drops Alqaisi with knee strikes to the midsection and he gets top control on the ground. Kelley attacks Alqaisi with some ground and pound, Alqaisi scrambles to his feet and Kelley gets him against the cage wall. Alqaisi scores a takedown on Kelley and he gets side control, Kelley scrambles and he gets Alqaisi in his full guard. Alqaisi lands some ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Kelley (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters swinging away at each other, Alqaisi scores a takedown on Kelley and Kelley gets right back up. Kelley rocks Alqaisi with a knee strike before dropping him after landing a few more strikes, Alqaisi gets up and he gets Kelley against the cage wall. Alqaisi goes for a takedown and Kelley winds up getting top control when they hit the ground, the fighters get up and Alqaisi kicks Kelley in the midsection. Kelley pops Alqaisi with a short right uppercut to the face, Kelley nails Alqaisi with another knee strike to the midsection. Alqaisi rocks Kelley with a pair of spinning back fist attempts, Kelley accidentally nails Alqaisi low and the fight is halted. The fight resumes with the fighters exchanging some kicks, Alqaisi and Kelley get into a wild striking exchange as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Kelley (Final Score: 29-28 for Kelley)

Official Result: Tony Kelley def. Ali Alqaisi by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Giga Chikadze vs. Omar Morales

Round One: The round begins with Chikadze attacking Morales with some leg kicks, Chikadze and Morales have a few striking exchanges. Chikadze cracks Morales with a kick to the midsection, Chikadze then hits Morales with a two punch combination. Morales eats a body kick before cracking Chikadze with a counter right hook, Morales comes forward and Chikadze goes for a few head kicks. Chikadze stuns Morales with a left and a striking exchange breaks out a short time later, Morales comes forward and Chikadze pops him with another left. Morales grabs Chikadze and gets him up against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Chikadze attacks Morales with some leg kicks. Chikadze pops an incoming Morales with a straight left, Chikadze nails Morales with a two punch combo followed by a body kick. Chikadze pops Morales with a step in knee strike as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Chikadze

Round Two: The round begins with the fighters swinging away at each other, Morales scores a takedown on Chikadze and Chikadze gets back up a short time later. The fighters separate and trade some leg kicks, Chikadze nails Morales with another kick to the midsection. Chikadze cracks a charging Morales with an overhand right, Chikadze pops a swinging Morales with a counter left hook. Chikadze goes back to attacking Morales with kicks to the midsection, Morales follows Chikadze around the cage while swinging wildly at him. Chikadze lands another counter left against a swinging Morales, Chikadze nails a swinging Morales with a kick to the midsection as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Chikadze (Overall Score: 20-18 for Chikadze)

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters having a wild striking exchange, Morales chases Chikadze around the cage while taking some swings at him. Chikadze continues backing from Morales while occasionally swinging at him, Chikadze nails Morales with a kick to the midsection. Chikadze lands a body kick and a right to an incoming Morales, Chikadze drops Morales with a right hook and he pounces on him with more strikes. Morales scrambles to his feet and Chikadze kicks him in the midsection, Chikadze goes for an axe kick and Morales avoids it. The fighters swing away at each other as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-8 for Chikadze (Final Score: 30-26 for Chikadze)

Official Result: Giga Chikadze def. Omar Morales by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Tracy Cortez vs. Stephanie Egger

Round One: The round begins with the fighters trading some leg kicks, Egger cracks Cortez with a straight right to the face. Cortez looks for a takedown on a swinging Egger, Cortez pops a kicking Egger with a counter right hook. Cortez scores a takedown on Egger and she gets the full guard, Cortez attacks Egger with some ground and pound. Egger scrambles and Cortez manages to get back control on her, Egger spins at the right time and she gets the fight standing again. Egger grabs Cortez and gets her up against the cage wall, Egger scores a takedown on Cortez as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Cortez

Round Two: The round begins with Egger taking a few swings at Cortez, Cortez and Egger exchange some leg kicks. Cortez scores a takedown on Egger and she gets the half guard, Cortez attacks Egger with some ground and pound. Egger rocks Cortez with an up kick and she immediately jumps on her back, Cortez shakes Egger off of her before regaining top control on the ground. Egger rolls for an arm bar and Cortez defends while landing some strikes, Cortez transitions to back control on Egger. Cortez attacks Egger with more ground and pound, Cortez maintains back control on Egger as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Cortez (Overall Score: 20-18 for Cortez)

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters exchanging a few kicks, Cortez charges at Egger while swinging away at her. Egger grabs Cortez and gets her up against the cage wall, the fighters trade knee strikes while in the clinch. Cortez trips Egger and she gets back control on the ground, Egger gets up and Cortez gets her against the cage wall before dragging her back to the ground. Egger gets up again and Cortez scores another takedown on her, Cortez attacks Egger with ground and pound. Cortez transitions to back control on Egger while landing more strikes until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Cortez (Final Score: 30-27 for Cortez)

Official Result: Tracy Cortez def. Stephanie Egger by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)


UFC Fight Island 5 takes place on Saturday, October 10 from Fight Island in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The card is headlined by a bantamweight division attraction between Marlon Moraes and Cory Sandhagen. Keep up with Fightful for all your UFC Fight Island 5 coverage.

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