Santos Stops Blachowicz At UFC Prague

UFC’s venture into the Czech Republic resulted in Thiago Santos picking up his third straight win and a long-time heavyweight announcing his retirement.

In the main event of UFC Prague, Santos got a third-round TKO victory over Jan Blachowicz to continue his march down a light heavyweight title.

The two fighters traded kicks throughout the first two rounds, with both men finding success landing numerous strikes. Starting in the third round, Santos attacked Blachowicz with leg kicks and then dropped Blachowicz with a vicious left hand to the chin. Santos continued attacking until the referee stopped the bout.

With a win over Blachowicz, Santos is on a four-fight win streak, tied for the longest in his UFC career and has won his last three bouts inside the distance. Santos came into the ranked No. 6 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings and beating the No. 4 ranked Blachowicz puts Santos one step closer to challenging for the title currently being held by Jon Jones.

In the co-main event, Stefan Struve returned to his winning ways, picking up his first victory inside the octagon since October 2016. Struve scored a win over Marcos Rogerio de Lima with an arm triangle choke nearly halfway through the second round. Struve recovered from getting dropped by Lima at the start of the fight to get the win and snap his three-fight losing streak.

But after the fight, the 31-year-old Struve said he is retiring from the sport, bringing an end to a pro MMA career that started in 2005. Struve entered the UFC in 2009, fighting the likes of Junior Dos Santos, Roy Nelson, Travis Browne, Stipe Miocic, Mark Hunt, Alistair Overeem and more.

Michel Oleksiejczuk defeated Gian Villante a little more than 90 seconds into his fight with a devastating left hook to the body that caused Villante to drop and leave him unable to continue fighting. Oleksiejczuk extends his win streak to 10 fights, but it was Oleksiejczuk’s first win since May 2017.

UFC Prague Results:

Main Card:

 Thiago Santos defeated Jan Blachowicz by TKO, round 3, 0:39

Stefan Struve defeated Marcos Rogerio De Lima by submission (arm triangle choke), round 2, 2:21

Michel Oleksiejczuk defeated Gian Villante by KO, round 1, 1:34

Liz Carmouche defeated Lucie Pudilova by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Petr Yan defeated John Dodson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Magomed Ankalaev defeated Klidson De Abreu by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Preliminary Card:

Dwight Grant defeated Carlo Pedersoli by TKO, round 1, 4:59

Chris Fishgold defeated Daniel Teymur by submission (rear naked choke), round 2, 1:10

Gillian Robertson defeated Veronica Macedo by submission (rear naked choke), round 2, 3:27

Damir Hadzovic defeated Marco Polo Reyes by TKO, round 2, 2:03

 Ismail Naurdiev Michel Prazeres by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Carlos Diego Ferreira defeated Rustam Khabilov by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Damir Ismagulov defeated Joel Alvarez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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