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On Thursday, a pair of bouts for the upcoming UFC event on Nov. 7 have been added and confirmed by the fighters involved. First, bantamweights Sarah Moras (6-6) and Vanessa Melo (10-8) will look to right their UFC records, first reported by MMA Fighting, with Melo posting about the fight on her Instagram.
“Cheesecake” Moras has gone through a bit of a rough patch the last two years, losing four of her last five outings. The lone victory in that stretch came against Liana Jojua, where she became the first fighter to knock out the durable fighter from Georgia. Melo is on a similar skid, with three consecutive decision losses against Irene Aldana, Tracy Cortez and Karol Rosa in her tenure in the UFC. Both women will be searching for a win that will likely preserve their spot on the roster.
The other fight announced is a middleweight thriller that was initially scheduled for June 27 only to be scrapped due to injury. Former Legacy Fighting Alliance middleweight kings will square off as Ian Heinisch (14-3) takes on Brendan Allen (15-3), with news of this fight first coming from MMA DNA on Thursday. Heinisch has since posted his excitement for the rescheduled pairing on his Instagram on Friday.
Despite concurrent stretches on the LFA roster, the two never met inside the organization. Allen dropped the title to Anthony Hernandez, who vacated the belt to go to the UFC. In his stead was Ian Heinisch, who captured the interim throne by knocking out Gabriel Checco. When Heinisch was eventually signed by the UFC after a win in Dana White's Contender Series, Allen tapped Tim Hiley to win the vacant LFA belt; this whole string of events all took place within nine months in 2018.
Heinisch snapped the first losing streak of his career – which came in the form of decision defeats to Derek Brunson and Omari Akhmedov – by knocking out Gerald Meerschaert in 74 seconds in June. Prior to the duo of setbacks, “The Hurricane” earned a spot in the rankings with decision wins over Cezar Ferreira and Antonio Carlos Jr. His opponent Allen has rattled off seven consecutive wins including five stoppages since losing his title to Hernandez in early 2018. Like Heinisch, “All-In” Allen was signed on the heels of an impressive first-round finish in the Contender Series. Since joining the UFC roster, Allen has stopped Kevin Holland and Tom Breese, while taking a decision over Kyle Daukaus as a replacement opponent for Heinisch in June.