Thiago Santos To Return Against Magomed Ankalaev In March

The Hammer looks to swing once more, as Magomed Ankalaev vs Thiago Santos is being targeted for the spring.

Santos has had a tough go of it since taking Jon Jones to the brink in 2019, even getting to the point that some felt like he did enough to …

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The Hammer looks to swing once more, as Magomed Ankalaev vs Thiago Santos is being targeted for the spring.

Santos has had a tough go of it since taking Jon Jones to the brink in 2019, even getting to the point that some felt like he did enough to win. After dropping that title fight, he lost two more before finally getting back on the right track against Johnny Walker in a five-round chess match in October.

Now it appears that he will be looking to continue his momentum with a fight in March. According to reports, Thiago Santos is in talks to face highly touted Dagestani prospect Magomed Ankalaev in a bout that is being targeted for March 12th and would be the headlining act.

This is an exciting matchup for both men, and it is not an easy win for either. Ankalaev has a ton of momentum behind him, not just because of him residing out of the Smesh Factory known as Dagestan, but also because of how unstoppable he has looked over the course of his seven-fight winning streak in the UFC, on top of the fact that he has only one loss in his career, in his UFC debut.

This is also a big opportunity for Thiago Santos, who is hoping to prove that he is still a top-level light heavyweight after having a tough run lately. While some Ankalaev fans may have wanted to see him facing someone who is higher in the rankings, there is enough name value in Santos to propel his stock with an impressive win.

Who do you see winning this important light heavyweight matchup between Magomed Ankalaev and Thiago Santos? Is this fight going to go all five rounds?

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REPORT | Thiago Santos Vs. Magomed Ankalev In The Works

Thiago SantosA UFC light heavyweight clash between Thiago Santos and Magomed Ankalaev has been targeted to headline a March UFC Fight Night. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was among the first to report the Santos/Ankalaev matchup that is in the works for March 12. Both men are looking to get back in the light heavyweight title picture as […]

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A UFC light heavyweight clash between Thiago Santos and Magomed Ankalaev has been targeted to headline a March UFC Fight Night.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was among the first to report the Santos/Ankalaev matchup that is in the works for March 12. Both men are looking to get back in the light heavyweight title picture as Glover Teixeira will more than likely defend his belt against Jiri Prochazka next.

Santos is coming off arguably a less-than-thrilling win over Johnny Walker in October. He earned the unanimous decision win despite the fight being a bit lackadaisical in terms of volume, especially in the later rounds. Santos snapped a three-fight losing streak to Glover Teixeira, Jon Jones, and Aleksandar Rakic.

Ankalaev is one of the hottest light heavyweight prospects in recent years and is coming off of his dominant win over Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 267. He’s won seven fights in a row against the likes of Ion Cutelaba and Nikita Krylov and will finally get his main event opportunity against Santos.

Thiago Santos and Magomed Ankalaev Are Both In The Running For A Shot at The Title

Santos and Ankalaev promise fireworks in the Octagon. Both like to push forward and push the pace on their opponents, a matchup that will certainly entice fans of the light heavyweight division.

An impressive performance by either man could result in potentially earning the next title shot at 205 pounds. Santos has fought for the belt once, while Ankalaev is still awaiting a chance at UFC gold.

In his last win over Walker, Santos made it clear that he wants another shot at the belt sooner rather than later. A win over an impressive prospect like Ankalaev could give him the opportunity to do so.

What is your early prediction for the rumored Thiago Santos vs. Magomed Ankalaev fight?

Ji?í Procházka Shrugs Off Possible Thiago Santos Fight

Despite Thiago Santos’ latest offering, Ji?í Procházka is busy serving as the backup fighter in the main event at UFC 267: B?achowicz vs. Teixeira. Both combatants in the UFC 267 main event have a history with “Marreta”. Over last weekend, fans witnessed Santos dig his heels in the ground and defend his position as the […]

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Despite Thiago Santos’ latest offering, Ji?í Procházka is busy serving as the backup fighter in the main event at UFC 267: B?achowicz vs. Teixeira.

Both combatants in the UFC 267 main event have a history with “Marreta”. Over last weekend, fans witnessed Santos dig his heels in the ground and defend his position as the #5-ranked light heavyweight.

After taking Johnny Walker to task in a unanimous decision victory, the 37-year-old appears to be back on track after snapping a three-fight losing streak. Previously, Santos was paired with Jan Blachowicz and finished the Poland native en route to his title bid with the former divisional kingpin Jon Jones. After losing and sustaining damage to his knees, Santos returned to face Glover Teixeira. Initially, Santos found success while striking but folded in round three under the pressure of Teixeira’s pace.

While Santos thought Ji?í Procházka would be an ideal opponent next, “Denisa” explained that he is already the backup fighter for the 205-pound title fight this October.

@TMarretaMMA Thank you for the offer, but right now i’m preparing for Blachowicz or Teixeira, which you know them very well.” Procházka posted.

Procházka, meanwhile, exploded in the UFC following his debut knockout against former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir. With a flair for style and wildly aggressive technique, the 29-year-old demolished another former title contender when he was paired with Dominick Reyes. It took only two rounds for Procházka to flatline Reyes with a spinning back elbow.

With a 12-fight winning streak above his head, surely Santos is eager to steal the hype of a fellow striker who is currently the talk of the town. After Procházka fulfills his duties as a potential replacement for the Teixeira/Blachowicz title bout, Santos might become the odd-man-out if the UFC decides to pivot in the direction of Prochazka fighting for gold next.

Do you think Thiago Santos can knock out Ji?í Procházka?

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Thiago Santos Takes Decision Win Over Johnny Walker In Forgettable Headliner – UFC Vegas 38 Highlights

Thiago SantosOne-time UFC light heavyweight title challenger, the #5 ranked, Thiago ‘Marreta’ Santos has brought a halt to his disappointing three-fight losing skid, with a rather forgettable unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) win over compatriot, Johnny Walker. In a rather hesitant performance from both contenders, in a main event bout which promised fireworks on paper, at […]

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One-time UFC light heavyweight title challenger, the #5 ranked, Thiago ‘Marreta’ Santos has brought a halt to his disappointing three-fight losing skid, with a rather forgettable unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) win over compatriot, Johnny Walker.

In a rather hesitant performance from both contenders, in a main event bout which promised fireworks on paper, at least, Santos managed to snap his three-fight losing skid — narrowly edging out Straight Blast Gym mover, Walker over the course of five rounds.

With both content to attempt to counter one another over the course of the 25-minute main event, the headlining bout left very little to write home about, with Santos landing impactful left body kicks on occasion as Walker circled and defended.

In arguably the biggest moment of the night, Santos managed to uncork a massive overhand left, which appeared to land, somewhat clean, at least on Walker, who beckoned him to walk forward — a request which was left unanswered.

Below, catch the highlights from Santos’ win over Walker at UFC Vegas 38.

Fighters React To Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker At UFC Vegas 38

Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker was not what everyone had hoped to see.  The showdown served as the main event of the UFC Vegas 38 event on Saturday night (, 2021) from Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC Apex facility. As seen in the fight, the first round was skippable and that’s putting it lightly. […]

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Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker was not what everyone had hoped to see. 

The showdown served as the main event of the UFC Vegas 38 event on Saturday night (, 2021) from Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC Apex facility.

As seen in the fight, the first round was skippable and that’s putting it lightly. There was little to no action aside from a few leg kicks. Moving along to the second round, Santos went for a takedown, but Walker stuffed it and they landed shots when getting up. Through the third round, Walker started to get more loose with his strikes, but wasn’t throwing in volume. Santos was out landing him. Walker had the advantage in the fourth round. They continued to strike in the fifth round. Santos cracked him with a big right hand. A very close fight due to lack of output. The judges gave the win to Santos by decision. 

This was an important contest for both guys. Santos had dropped four straight losses before this fight. Santo dropped a split decision loss to then-UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at the UFC 239 pay-per-view event in July 201, Glover Teixeira via submission in November 2020 and then a decision defeat to Aleksandar Raki? at UFC 259. On the flip side, Walker dropped a decision loss to Nikita Krylov in March 2020, but rebounded with a KO win over Ryan Spann in September 2020 heading into the fight. 

Let’s see how the fighters reacted to the outcome of this fight: 

UFC Vegas 38 Results: Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker, Kyle Daukaus vs. Kevin Holland

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UFC Vegas 38 Highlights: Thiago Santos Outlasts Johnny Walker

Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker delivered in the main event spot.  The two fighters met in a bout on Saturday night (October 2, 2021) at the UFC Vegas 38 event from Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC Apex facility. The first round saw little to no action aside from leg kicks. In the second round, […]

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Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker delivered in the main event spot. 

The two fighters met in a bout on Saturday night (October 2, 2021) at the UFC Vegas 38 event from Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC Apex facility. The first round saw little to no action aside from leg kicks. In the second round, Santos went for a takedown, but it was stuffed and they both threw some head when getting up. Santos was staying patient and picking his shots. 

In the third round, Walker started to become more loose and let his hands and kicks go. He did crack Santos with a right hook only for Santos to fire back with a right hook. Walker had the advantage in the fourth round. Santos cracked him with a big right hand in the fifth round.  This wasn’t the greatest fight you’ll ever see. The judges gave the win to Santos by decision. 

Peep the highlights of the fight courtesy of the UFC’s official Twitter account:

Santos’ most recent downfall started when he dropped a split decision loss to then-UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at the UFC 239 pay-per-view event in July 2019. Before that, Santos had been on a four fight winning streak over the likes of Kevin Holland, Eryk Anders, Jimi Manuwa, and Jan B?achowicz. Since that Jones fight, he had lost to Glover Teixeira via submission in November 2020 and then a decision defeat to Aleksandar Raki? at UFC 259. 

Walker had been undefeated during his time with the Las Vegas-based promotion, but that changed when he was finished by Corey Anderson at the UFC 244 pay-per-view event from Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. He previously picked up KO wins over the likes of Khalil Rountree Jr. and Justin Ledet, as well as Misha Cirkunov on March 2, 2019, at UFC 235 via TKO in the first round. He dropped a decision loss to Nikita Krylov in March 2020, but rebounded with a KO win over Ryan Spann in September 2020. 

UFC Vegas 38 Results: Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker, Kyle Daukaus vs. Kevin Holland

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