UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa

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UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa
The poster for UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
Date2 December 2018 (2018-12-02)
VenueAdelaide Entertainment Centre
CityAdelaide, Australia
Total gate$1,026,937[1]
Event chronology
The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters Finale UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa UFC 231: Holloway vs. Ortega

UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa (also known as UFC Fight Night 142) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that was held on 2 December 2018 at Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia.[2]


The event was the second that the promotion has contested in Adelaide, following UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt in May 2015.[2]

A heavyweight bout between former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos and Tai Tuivasa served as the event headliner.[3]

The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom lightweight winner Ross Pearson was expected to face Joseph Duffy at the event. However, Pearson announced on 7 November that he was out of the bout due to a broken nose and subsequent surgery to correct the injury.[4] He was replaced by promotional newcomer Damir Ismagulov, but Duffy pulled out of citing a rib injury.[5] Ismagulov then faced fellow newcomer Alex Gorgees.[6]

Ashkan Mokhtarian was scheduled to face promotional newcomer Kai Kara-France at the event. However, on 20 November, Mokhtarian pulled out of the fight citing injury.[7] He was replaced by Elias Garcia.[8]

Luke Jumeau was scheduled to face Geoff Neal at the event.[9] However, it was reported on 9 November 2018 that Jumeau pulled from the card due to injury, resulting cancellation of the bout by the UFC official.[10]


Main card (Fox Sports 1)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Junior dos Santos def. Tai Tuivasa TKO (punches) 2 2:30
Light Heavyweight Maurício Rua def. Tyson Pedro TKO (punches) 3 0:43
Heavyweight Justin Willis def. Mark Hunt Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Anthony Rocco Martin def. Jake Matthews Technical Submission (anaconda choke) 3 1:19
Featherweight Sodiq Yusuff def. Suman Mokhtarian TKO (punches) 1 2:14
Light Heavyweight Jimmy Crute def. Paul Craig Submission (kimura) 3 4:51
Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1)
Welterweight Alexey Kunchenko def. Yushin Okami Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–26, 30–27) 3 5:00
Flyweight Wilson Reis def. Ben Nguyen Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Keita Nakamura def. Salim Touahri Decision (split) (30–27, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Flyweight Kai Kara-France def. Elias Garcia Decision (unanimous) (30–25, 30–25, 30–26) 3 5:00
Early Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)
Lightweight Christos Giagos def. Mizuto Hirota Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–27, 30–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Damir Ismagulov def. Alex Gorgees Decision (unanimous) (30–25, 30–26, 30–26) 3 5:00


Bonus awards[edit]

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

  • Fight of the Night: Kai Kara-France vs. Elias Garcia
  • Performance of the Night: Maurício Rua and Sodiq Yusuff

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2 December 2018). "UFC Fight Night 142 draws reported 8,652 attendance in Australia". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b Ben Harvy (8 July 2018). "UFC announces return to Adelaide for fight night event on December 2". news.com.au. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  3. ^ Ariel Helwani (30 August 2018). "Junior dos Santos, Tai Tuivasa to headline Dec. 2 card in Australia". espn.com. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  4. ^ Jon Fuentes (7 November 2018). "Ross Pearson out of UFC Adelaide fight with Joseph Duffy". mmanews.com. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  5. ^ Nolan King (18 November 2018). "Joe Duffy vs. Damir Ismagulov set for UFC Adelaide, immediately vanceled". flocombat.com. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  6. ^ Marcel Dorff (21 November 2018). "UFC debutants Damir Ismagulov and Alex Gorgees make an appearance at UFC Adelaide" (in Dutch). mmadna.nl. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  7. ^ John Morgan (21 November 2018). "Ashkan Mokhtarian out of UFC Adelaide, UFC seeks Anzac opponent for Kai Kara-France". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  8. ^ Staff (23 November 2018). "Elias Garcia steps in vs. Kai Kara-France at UFC Fight Night 142 in Adelaide". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Kiwi Luke Jumeau books UFC return against Geoff Neal in Adelaide". Stuff. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  10. ^ "UFC Adelaide: Injury forces Luke Jumeau off card – Fight News Australia". Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  11. ^ "UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  12. ^ Staff (2 December 2018). "Two octagon newcomers among UFC Adelaide bonus winners". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2 December 2018.