The UFC is back in the Apex for a fight night card headlined by two fighters who are always looking to end their shift early in Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker. While Santos and Walker are coming into this fight with a combined record of 1-5 in their last six matchups, that doesn’t mean fight fans shouldn’t be excited about this matchup.
Santos himself is on a three-fight skid that started with the Jon Jones title loss that also saw him fight with two blown-out knees, and it seems that may have been a worse decision for his long-term success. He followed that up with a loss to Glover Texiera via rear-naked choke and then a decision loss to Aleksander Rakic back in May, so his back is up against the wall if he ever plans to contend for the title again.
For Walker, he is coming off a win over Ryan Spann which was uber impressive but before that he lost a decision to Nikita Krylov and a KO loss to Corey Anderson. Both of those losses are nothing to be too upset about for Walker, but losing is something he doesn’t want to make a habit of, especially early in a career that started out as well as he did.
The rest of the main card is made up of even more fan-friendly bouts highlighted by Kevin Holland against Kyle Daukaus and Niko Price versus Alex Oliviera in two super exciting matchups of well-known names to fans but also four fighters with something to prove heading into tonight.
UFC Vegas 38 Results
Main Card (ESPN+ 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT)
Thiago Santos def. Johnny Walker via Unanimous Decision (48-47,48-47,48-47)
Kevin Holland vs. Kyle Daukaus ended via Accidental Headbutt at 3:43 of Round 1
Niko Price def. Alex Oliveira via Unanimous Decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
Krzysztof Jotko def. Misha Cirkunov via Split Decision (29-28,28-29,29-28)
Alexander Herndandez def. Mike Breeden* via KO (Punch) at 1:20 of Round 1
Preliminary Card (ESPN+ 4:00 PM ET/1:00 PM PT)
Jared Gordon def. Joe Solecki via Split Decision (28-29,29-28,29-28)
Casey O’Neill def. Antonina Shevchenko via TKO (punches) at 4:47 Round 2
Karol Rosa def. Bethe Correia via Unanimous Decision (30-27,30-27,30-26)
Jamie Mullarkey def. Devonta Smith via TKO (Punches) at 2:51 of Round 2
Douglas Silva De Andrade def. Gaetano Pirrello via KO at 2:04 of Round 1
Stephanie Egger def. Shanna Young via TKO (Strikes), at 2:22 of Round 2
Alejandro Perez def. Johnny Eduardo via SUB (Rear Naked Choke), at 4:13 of Round 2
*Mike Breeden missed weight, weighing in at 158.5 pounds.
**Bethe Correia missed weight, weighing in at 138.5 pounds.
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