Santos Vies For a Title Shot

UFC Fight Night Prague Results:

Prelims

  • Damir Ismagulov def. Joel Alvarez by Unanimous Decision
  • Diego Ferreira def. Rustam Khabilov by Unanimous Decision
  • Ismail Naurdiev def. Michel Prazeres by Unanimous Decision
  • Damir Hadzovic def. Polo Reyes by 2nd round TKO
  • Gillian Robertson def. Veronica Macedo by 2nd round Submission (RNC)
  • Chris Fishgold def. Daniel Teymur by 2nd round Submission (RNC)
  • Dwight Grant def. Carlo Pedersoli by 1st round TKO

Main Card

  • Magomed Ankalaev def. Kildson Abreu by Unanimous Decision
  • Petr Yan def. John Dodson by Unanimous Decision
  • Liz Carmouche def. Lucie Pudilova by Unanimous Decision
  • Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Gian Villante by 1st round KO
  • Stefan Struve def. Marcos Rogerio De Lima by 3rd round Submission (Arm Triangle)
  • Thiago Santos def. Jan Blachowicz by 3rd round TKO

In the main event Thiago Santos finished Jan Blachowicz with a left hook that landed right on the button. Santos is ranked #6 so he should move up into the top tier of the Light Heavyweight Division. Many think he is the next in line for a title shot, but we will have to wait for next weekends title bout when Jon Jones defends his championship against #3 ranked Anthony Smith. With the division being so thin I don’t know if there is really anyone to the level of Jones at this moment. Smith and Santos fight similar, so it will be interesting to see if the UFC would want to book those fights back to back for Jones. Santos is an excellent striker, but I don’t know if he has a complete game on the ground. Either way you look at this there is no looking around the fact that Santos put on an great performance in Prague.

At Welterweight, Ismail Naurdiev made his UFC debut on short notice against crafty veteran Michel Prazeres, and he put on a show. The 22 year-old Austrian was one of the biggest underdogs on the card and he took home the Victory. He used his good striking accompanied with his revamped takedown defense to stuff Prazeres on 10 of his 13 attempts. When he was on his back Naurdiev managed to get right back up or flip position and land some ground and pound. This all made for an impressive performance from “The Austrian Wonderboy”.

Petr Yan put the Bantamweight division on notice when he dominated UFC regular John Dodson. Yan got dropped in the 2nd, but recovered well to come back and win the round. It was a high paced fight that went Yan’s way in a statement win for the Russian. Yan now has many options at 135 pounds as he looks to work his way up the rankings.

After about a year off Michal Oleksiejczuk absolutely crumbled Gian Villante with a devastating body shot. As Villante looked to land over the top, Oleksiejczuk slid in a left hand right on the liver of Villante that made him fold. The future will be very interesting for Oleksiejczuk at Light Heavyweight.

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Author: Hayden

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