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What a truly spectacular trip. Getting to fly and compete in Abu Dhabi with my family @gintas50 @dannybattenmma @dennistonsutherland at the infamous ‘Fight Island.’ Finally getting to meet my amazing manager @jasonkhouse in person after signing with @iridiumsportsagency last year. Winning my @ufc debut via TKO due to elbow strikes. And to top it off, winning the $50,000 bonus, and giving it to my mum and dad. This is only just the beginning, we have plenty more to be done, but I’m so grateful and thankful for what was. Much love to everyone for your amazing support always ❤️🙏
Modestas “The Baltic Gladiator” Bukauskas, 26, of Klaipeda, Lithuania successfully made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Lithuanian mixed martial artist was one of the “UFC on ESPN 13” winners.
Bukauskas has been competing professionally since 2015. Before joining the UFC, the Lithuanian MMA fighter competed in the Ultimate Challenge MMA, Too Much Talent MMA, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship and FightStar Championship.
Featuring 11 MMA matches, “UFC on ESPN 13” took place on the UFC Fight Island on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on July 15, 2020 in the United States or July 16, 2020 in the UAE. In the fourth bout, Bukauskas fought Andreas “Spartan” Michailidis, 31, of Athens, Greece in the light heavyweight division.
Daniel Movahedi served as the referee. He put a stop to the light heavyweight contest after 5 minutes in the first round when Bukauskas knocked out Michailidis via elbows.
Winning at “UFC on ESPN 3” improved Bukauskas’s professional MMA record to 11 wins and 2 losses. He is now riding a seven-bout winning streak.
On the other hand, Michailidis now has 12 wins and 4 losses. “UFC on ESPN 13” marked his UFC debut.
“UFC on ESPN 13” is the second UFC event to take place on the UFC Fight Island. Twelve countries were represented namely Brazil, Canada, England, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Romania, Sweden, Tunisia, the UAE, the U.S. and Wales.
Bukauskas solely represented Lithuania. Michailidis was the sole representative of Greece.
In the co-main event, Tim Elliott, 33, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA defeated Ryan “Baby Face” Benoit, 30, of Dallas, Texas, USA via unanimous decision. They fought in the flyweight division.
In the main event, Calvin Kattar, 32, of Methuen, Massachusetts, USA fought Dan “Dynamite” Ige, 28, of Honolulu, Hawaii, USA in the featherweight division. The former won via unanimous decision.