UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos

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UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos
UFC on ESPN+ 3.jpg
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos.
Information
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateFebruary 23, 2019 (2019-02-23)
VenueO2 Arena
CityPrague, Czech Republic
Attendance16,583[1]
Total gate$1,606,176[1]
Event chronology
UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Velasquez UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos UFC 235: Jones vs. Smith

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.[2]

Background[edit]

The event marked the promotion's first visit to the Czech Republic.[2]

A light heavyweight bout between former KSW Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Błachowicz and Thiago Santos served as the event headliner.[3][4]

Darko Stošić was scheduled to face Magomed Ankalaev at the event. However, Stošić pulled out of the fight on January 23 citing injury.[5] He was replaced by promotional newcomer Klidson Abreu.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] He was replaced by promotional newcomer Ismail Naurdiev.[9]

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.[10]

Results[edit]

Main Card (ESPN+)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
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 lbs) 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 lbs) Carlos Diego Ferreira def. Rustam Khabilov Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Damir Ismagulov def. Joel Alvarez Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00

[11]

Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[12]

  • Fight of the Night: No bonus awarded.
  • Performance of the Night: Thiago Santos, Stefan Struve, Michał Oleksiejczuk and Dwight Grant

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b John Morgan (2019-02-23). "UFC Prague draws announced 16,583 attendance for $1.6 million gate". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  2. ^ a b Jay Pettry (2018-11-22). "UFC to hold first-ever event in Czech Republic in 2019". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  3. ^ Ryan Gerbasi (2018-12-21). "Blachowicz vs. Santos added as 5 round bout to ESPN+ 3". ufc.com. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  4. ^ Jay Pettry (2018-12-21). "Jan Blachowicz-Thiago Santos light heavyweight affair set to headline UFC Prague card". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  5. ^ Marcel Dorff (2019-01-23). "Darko Stosic injured, Magomed Ankalaev without opponent in Prague" (in Dutch). mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  6. ^ Marcel Dorff (2019-01-25). "Brazilian Klidson Abreu takes short notice fight against Magomed Ankalaev in Prague" (in Dutch). mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  7. ^ Staff (2018-11-25). "Sam Alvey in for Ryan Spann vs. Jim Crute at UFC 234 in Melbourne". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  8. ^ Marcelo Barone (2019-02-05). "Ramazan Emeev leaves UFC Prague card, and Michel Tractor awaits new opponent" (in Portuguese). sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  9. ^ Marcelo Barone. "UFC signs Ismail Naurdiev for fight against Michel Tractor at UFC Prague, February 23" (in Portuguese). sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  10. ^ Staff (2019-02-22). "UFC on ESPN+ 3 weigh-in results: Two fighters miss, but card official". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  11. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  12. ^ John Morgan (2019-02-23). "UFC Prague bonuses: Stefan Struve's potential swan song among $50,000 awards". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-02-24.