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AXS TV Fight of the Week: UFC Rochester's Ian Heinisch lays out Checco at LFA 39

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Ian Heinisch def. Gabriel Checco at LFA 39: Best photos

Before Ian Heinisch had his shot at the UFC, he made a major impact when he won LFA’s middleweight title.

A little more than a year ago, Heinisch won the vacant 185-pound strap at LFA 39 with a highlight-reel one-punch knockout of Gabriel Checco. Soon after that, he got an invite to Dana White’s Contenders Series, where he picked up a TKO win over Justin Sumter and got a UFC deal.

Heinisch continued to impress in his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 140 this past November when he upset Cezar Ferreira.


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On Saturday, Heinisch (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) returns in his first UFC co-main event when he takes on Antonio Carlos Junior (10-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at UFC on ESPN+ 10, which takes place Saturday at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. The card streams on ESPN+.

Ahead of that fight, take a look back at Heinisch’s sick KO win at LFA 39 in the the AXS TV “Fight of the Week” in the video above.

For more on UFC on ESPN+ 10, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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