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UFC Fight Night predictions — Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker: Fight card, start time, odds, live stream

There aren’t many higher motion fights the UFC may make than Saturday’s Combat Evening headliner between Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker. Each gentle heavyweight strikers have 15 profession victories by knockout and fewer than 20% of their mixed fights have gone to the judges’ scorecards.

Each Walker and Santos are in want of an enormous victory. Santos earned a title shot towards champion Jon Jones in July 2019, battling the best gentle heavyweight in historical past to a detailed break up determination loss. Santos tore his ACL, PCL, MCL and meniscus in addition to breaking his tibia within the loss to Jones. After greater than a yr on the sidelines, Santos returned to motion in November 2020, dropping by submission to Glover Teixeira earlier than dropping a choice to Aleksandar Rakic this previous March. He now enters the battle with Walker on a three-fight dropping skid.

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Walker solely just lately snapped his personal dropping skid. After starting his UFC profession with three straight knockouts in lower than three minutes mixed, Walker was knocked out by Corey Anderson in simply over two minutes. The loss to Anderson was adopted up with a choice loss to Nikita Krylov. In September 2020, Walker obtained again within the win column by knocking out Ryan Spann in lower than three minutes. He’ll want extra spectacular performances if he is hoping to make a run at an eventual title shot.

There’s tons of thrilling fights to be discovered on the undercard on Saturday night time in Las Vegas. None could also be extra attention-grabbing than the co-main occasion between middleweights Kevin Holland and Kyle Daukaus. Holland was a quick riser amid the pandemic, the place he went an astounding 5-0 in 2020 with 4 stoppages. However as soon as the extent of competitors rose, Holland had no solutions for wrestlers as Derek Brunson and Marvin Vettori dealt with him with ease. Now, he comes into this matchup after spending tons of time engaged on his wrestling background. Daukaus has misplaced two of his three appearances within the Octagon with all three fights going to determination.

Plus, all-action fighter Niko Worth is again when he takes on veteran Alex Oliveira in a welterweight function contest. Worth, 32, has one of many wildest resumes within the promotion. The Florida native has had only one battle in 13 journeys attain the judges scorecards with every bout producing unimaginable highlights come what may. He enters off a choice loss to Michel Pereira in July and a loser in three of his final 4, however Worth is at all times harmful to attain a end. Oliveira, in the meantime, has had simply as many struggles close to the top of his profession. The Brazilian has misplaced two straight and 5 of his final seven. 

Here is the battle card for UFC Combat Evening with the most recent odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

UFC Combat Evening card, odds

Thiago Santos -160

Johnny Walker +135

Mild heavyweight

Kevin Holland -170

Kyle Daukaus +145

Middleweight

Niko Worth -170

Alex Oliveira +145

Welterweight

Krzysztof Jotko -150 Misha Cirkunov +125 Middleweight
Alexander Hernandez -550 Mike Breeden +400 Light-weight

UFC Combat Evening viewing info

Date: Oct. 2 | Begin time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: UFC Apex — Las Vegas
Stream: ESPN+

Prediction

Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker: Santos has not seemed the identical for the reason that Jones battle. That is not precisely stunning since his knee was fully destroyed. Nonetheless, he has not seemed good in his two fights since. Walker is a flawed fighter, for certain, however most of his larger points are additionally points for Santos. Each males have some important cardio points so the battle may get ugly in a rush if there’s not an early end. This can be a coin flip battle that would come all the way down to who lands the primary good flurry, however Santos must show he is totally again to earn the good thing about the doubt in a harmful battle. Decide: Johnny Walker by way of TKO2 

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