Two of probably the most explosive knockout artists within the UFC gentle heavyweight division will go to battle this weekend.
Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker meet Saturday in the principle occasion of UFC Struggle Night time in Las Vegas — and it might be stunning if the bout between the 2 natives of Brazil goes to choice. This fundamental occasion has main that means within the 205-pound division.
ESPN has Santos ranked No. 10 on this planet at gentle heavyweight and Walker is attempting to ascend the ladder. Each males had been born in Rio de Janeiro, however prepare elsewhere — Santos out of Florida’s American Prime Workforce and Walker at SBG Eire, the house health club of Conor McGregor.
Santos (21-9) is tied for the second most KO/TKOs in UFC historical past with 11. “Marreta” has dropped three straight following 4 straight wins, however a kind of losses got here in opposition to then-champion Jon Jones in a 2019 UFC gentle heavyweight title battle wherein Santos blew out each of his knees. Santos, 37, remains to be searching for his first victory since surgical procedure. He’s coming off a unanimous choice loss to Aleksandar Rakic at UFC 259 in March.
Walker (18-5) is coming off an enormous first-round knockout over Ryan Spann in September 2020. He has had solely two choices in his professional profession, however has received all 4 of his UFC bouts through end. Walker, 29, was thought-about a brilliant prospect earlier than back-to-back losses to Corey Anderson and Nikita Krylov in 2019 and 2020.
Within the co-main occasion, Kevin Holland will meet Kyle Daukaus in a matchup of up-and-coming middleweights. Holland (21-7), a 28-year-old Texas resident, is attempting to bounce again from two straight losses, which adopted a improbable five-fight successful streak in 2020. Daukaus (10-2), a 28-year-old from Philadelphia, has dropped two of three within the UFC after holding the Cage Fury FC middleweight title.
Comply with the motion dwell with recaps and evaluation Marc Raimondi and Jeff Wagenheim or watch the fights on ESPN+.
Struggle in progress:
Valentina Shevchenko is in want of some contemporary challengers for her UFC girls’s flyweight title. She may need simply gotten a glimpse of 1 from throughout the cage.
The undefeated O’Neill used floor and pound to complete Antonina Shevchenko through TKO at 4:47 of the second spherical. Valentina was within the nook of her older sister for the bout. O’Neill took Antonina down, received into mount after which landed huge punches, elbows and hammerfists from there till referee Chris Tognoni noticed sufficient.
Took the underneath!!! @kingcaseymma 👏🏼
— Kai Kamaka III (@kaiboikamaka) October 2, 2021
“I am right here, I am right here to battle arduous and I am going to end all people,” O’Neill mentioned in her postfight interview.
O’Neill, a 23-year-old prospect, is 3-Zero within the UFC with three finishes. The Australia native, who fights out of Las Vegas, has 4 finishes in seven profession wins. O’Neill is now tied for the longest lively successful streak within the UFC girls’s flyweight division, behind Valentina Shevchenko (8). Antonina Shevchenko, a 36-year-old Kyrgyzstan native preventing out of Las Vegas, has dropped two straight and 4 of her final six.
Rosa didn’t give Correia the happiest of Octagon goodbyes.
In Correia’s last UFC battle, her Brazilian countrywoman ended up being the victor through unanimous choice, as judges scored the battle 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26 in a dominant efficiency. Correia was emotional strolling to the cage, tears welling up in her eyes. Afterward, she sported a bruised left eye courtesy of Rosa’s punches, elbows and knees.
Rosa, 26, has received six straight, together with her first 4 UFC fights. Rosa’s four-fight successful streak is the second longest lively successful streak within the UFC girls’s bantamweight division, behind solely champion Amanda Nunes (9).
“Very emotional second for me,” Correia mentioned in her postfight interview.
Regardless of being overwhelmed to the punch time and again by his faster opponent within the first spherical, Mullarkey saved shifting ahead and bringing his energy. It paid off in Spherical 2, when he overwhelmed Smith with quantity and received the end at 2:51.
— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) October 2, 2021
Mullarkey, a 27-year previous Australian, has received two fights in a row, each finishes.
Smith, who’s 28 and from Ohio, has misplaced two of his final three.
Douglas Silva de Andrade catches Gaetano Pirrello with a left hand to finish the battle within the first spherical.
Silva de Andrade received his first end since 2016, and what a end it was. The 36-year-old Brazilian countered a kick with a pointy left hook that despatched Pirrello crashing to the mat for a knockout 2:04 into the battle.
Silva de Andrade has received two of his final three, whereas Pirrello, who’s 29 and from Belgium, has misplaced each of his UFC bouts.
Egger used takedowns in each rounds to manage the battle, delivering a ground-and-pound beatdown in Spherical 2 to get the stoppage for her first UFC victory.
The 33-year-old from Switzerland, who had dropped her Octagon debut a 12 months in the past, needed to fend off a submission try from Younger within the first spherical. However within the second, Egger’s offense was an excessive amount of for Younger, and shortly after Egger dropped an enormous elbow to Younger’s face, referee Mark Smith jumped in at 2:22 to finish it.
Younger, who’s 30 and fights out of Knoxville, Tennessee, has misplaced each of her UFC bouts.
Perez had not fought since July 2019, so he took some time to get going. However after being taken down early in Spherical 2 and having to battle his method again to his toes, he turned issues round rapidly. Perez took Eduardo to the canvas and locked in a straight armbar to get the end at 4:13.
The 32-year-old Perez, who’s from Mexico and fights out of San Jose, California, ended a two-fight dropping streak.
Eduardo, a 43-year-old Brazilian who had not competed since June 2018, misplaced his third in a row.
Wow an armbar end with the legs within the crucifix place. Very spectacular. 🙏🏽 #UFCVegas38
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) October 2, 2021
Nonetheless to come back:
Gentle heavyweight: Thiago Santos (21-9, 13-Eight UFC, -155) vs. Johnny Walker (18-5, 4-2 UFC, +130)
Middleweight: Kevin Holland (21-7, 8-Four UFC -165) vs. Kyle Daukaus (10-2, 1-2 UFC, +140)
Welterweight: Alex Oliveira (22-10-1 1 NC, 11-Eight 1 NC UFC, +160) vs. Niko Price (14-5 2 NC, 6-5 2 NC UFC, -190)
Middleweight: Misha Cirkunov (15-6, 6-Four UFC, +125) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (22-5, 9-5 UFC, -150)
Light-weight: Alexander Hernandez (12-4, 4-Three UFC, -550) vs. Mike Breeden (10-3, 0-Zero UFC, +400)