UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos
|UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos|
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||February 23, 2019|
|City||Prague, Czech Republic|
UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos (also known as UFC Fight Night 145 or UFC on ESPN+ 3) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that was held on February 23, 2019 at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.
Sam Alvey was expected to face Gadzhimurad Antigulov at the event. However on January 25, it was reported that Alvey was chosen as a replacement for another bout at UFC 234 and the bout was scrapped.
Ramazan Emeev was expected to face Michel Prazeres at this event. However on February 4, it was reported that Emeev pulled out of the bout citing injury. He was replaced by promotional newcomer Ismail Naurdiev.
At the weigh-ins, Carlos Diego Ferreira and Klidson Abreu missed the required weight for their respective fights. Ferreira weighed in at 157 pounds, 1 pound over the lightweight non-title fight limit of 156. Meanwhile, Abreu weighed in at 209 pounds, 3 pounds over the light heavyweight non-title fight limit of 206. Both bouts were held at catchweight. Ferreira and Abreu were fined 20% of their purses, which went to their opponents Rustam Khabilov and Magomed Ankalaev.
|Main Card (ESPN+)|
|Light Heavyweight||Thiago Santos||def.||Jan Błachowicz||TKO (punches)||3||0:39|
|Heavyweight||Stefan Struve||def.||Marcos Rogério de Lima||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||2||2:21|
|Light Heavyweight||Michał Oleksiejczuk||def.||Gian Villante||TKO (body punch)||1||1:34|
|Women's Flyweight||Liz Carmouche||def.||Lucie Pudilová||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Petr Yan||def.||John Dodson||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Catchweight (209 lb)||Magomed Ankalaev||def.||Klidson Abreu||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (ESPN2)|
|Welterweight||Dwight Grant||def.||Carlo Pedersoli Jr.||TKO (punches)||1||4:59|
|Featherweight||Chris Fishgold||def.||Daniel Teymur||Submission (rear-naked choke)||2||1:10|
|Women's Flyweight||Gillian Robertson||def.||Veronica Macedo||Submission (rear-naked choke)||2||3:27|
|Lightweight||Damir Hadžović||def.||Polo Reyes||TKO (punches)||2||2:03|
|Welterweight||Ismail Naurdiev||def.||Michel Prazeres||Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–26, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Catchweight (157 lb)||Carlos Diego Ferreira||def.||Rustam Khabilov||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Damir Ismagulov||def.||Joel Álvarez||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:
- Fight of the Night: No bonus awarded.
- Performance of the Night: Thiago Santos, Stefan Struve, Michał Oleksiejczuk and Dwight Grant
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