UFC Vegas 38: Santos vs Walker Preview

After an astonishing weekend at the T-Mobile arena last week, the UFC returns to the always reliable Apex, headlined by two very exciting light heavyweights: Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker.

The main cards starts at 7:00pm ET (12:00am BST) and the Preliminary at 4:00pm ET (9:00) BST.

But there’s no other way to begin apart from saying one thing: This main event is guaranteed fireworks.

Thiago Santos vs Johnny Walker Preview

First, up is Thiago “Marreta” Santos, identified with a thor’s hammer tattoo on his chest and thors power in his hands, he currently stands with 21 wins, 16 of which are finishes. Despite finding himself in the midst of a three fight skid, his last victory was a TKO win over current LHW champion, Jan Blachowicz. Looking to get back to winning ways, the UFC matched him up with the bizarre bomber and fellow Brazilian, Johnny Walker.

His opponent, Walker is riding a slightly different wave to his opponent. Currently holding eight wins in his last ten, he has already overcome a slight losing streak in remarkable fashion, a round one KO win over Ryan Spann. But what makes this light heavyweight a headliner is his crazy output. Walker boasts a 94% finish rate in his 18 fights.
To put this into perspective, Bet 365 offers 10/3 odds (+333) to go the distance, with Thiago Santos being the favorite at 10/17 (-170). Johnny Walker following a great performance is priced at 7/5 (+140).

Fortunately for us, UFC fans, this is not a filler event. This card also offers some of the most exciting fighters the company has to offer.

Kevin Holland vs Kyle Daukaus Preview

The Co-main event features one of the best fighters of 2020: Kevin Holland. Introduced via the contender series, Dana White originally went against the Kung-fu fighter due to his willingness to trash talk his opponent, but not focus on the fight itself. However, when Thiago Santos’ opponent dropped out on short notice on October 5th 2018, Dana found it hard to find a replacement. He turned to Kevin Holland in his time if need: “You know what, call big mouth!” Wanting to see what the then-unknown fighter was made of, Holland stepped up, no questions asked.

Continuing to talk smack all throughout the fight, Holland gave a very respectable performance, lasting all three rounds. What makes this more impressive was the fighters Santos finished beforehand: Gerald Meerschaert, Jack Hermansson, and Anthony Smith to name just a few.

Since then, Holland won 5 fights in 2020 alone including KO’ing Jacare Souza from bottom position.

His opponent this weekend is Kyle Daukaus, brother of heavyweight showstopper, Chris Daukaus. Wanting to make a name of his own, a finish over Holland would capture the attention of boss Dana White and fans alike. Holding a respectable 10-2 record, Daukaus is coming off the back of a decision loss against prospect, Phil Hawes. Although to some, this fight seems like a huge leap for the Philadelphian athlete, to others, there’s a clear way to win.

As much as Holland enjoys a stand-up fight, the blueprint of how to beat him has been set by middleweight contenders, Derek Brunson and Marvin Vettori; wrestle, wrestle, wrestle! Since then Holland has been training his wrestling over several camps and found himself settling with former UFC champion, Johny Hendricks. But will it be enough for the hungry Daukaus?

Notable Fights

But the fun fights don’t stop there, this weekend’s card also features:

Alex ‘Cowboy’ Oliveria vs Niko Price (Welterweight)
Misha Cirkunov vs Krysztof Jotko (Middleweight)
Alexander Hernandez vs Mike Breeden (Lightweight)
Antonina Shevchenko vs Casey O’Neill (Women’s flyweight)
The preliminary card features seven fights giving those bloodthirsty fight fans more than enough to sink their teeth into.

Also in the headlines was Aspen Ladd vs Macy Chiasson, which fell through after Aspen Ladd displayed a worrying effort to make weight, which you can see below.


Elliott Nash

Stumbling across Anderson Silva highlights in 2016, Elliott was instantly hooked to the sport of MMA.

With his degree in Media at the University of Portsmouth, his transition to covering the sport was a smooth one. Within the MMA sector, he is our content executive, mostly covering fight card preview and reviews, while also working with EverydayMMA with both written and oral content.

Elliott is aiming to build on his career in journalism, specifically in entertainment, utilizing his existing experience interviewing artists, reviewing albums and films too.

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