UFC on ESPN+ 3 went down today (Sat. February 23, 2019) from the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. In the main event of the evening, light heavyweights Jan Blachowicz and Thiago Santos went to war. Also, in the co-featured fight of the evening, Stefan Struve made his return to the Octagon. He took on Marcos Rogerio de Lima.
The main card featured other notable names like Gian Villante, Liz Carmouche, John Dodson, and Petr Yan. Check out MMA News’ coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 3 below:
- Light heavyweight: Jan Blachowicz vs. Thiago Santos
Blachowicz lands a stiff jab to open up the action. Very disciplined approach from both men thus far. They exchange leg kicks. Santos connects with a right hand over the top. A clean lead left hook lands for Santos as well. More leg kicks from Santos. Blackowicz eats a body kick, catches it, and fails on the takedown. The round comes to an end.
Body kick lands for Blachowicz. Right hand and body kick connects for Blachowicz now. Santos returns fire with a leg kick. Santos is really beginning to overextend on his hooks, which Blachowicz is just barely avoiding. Hard kick to the body lands for Blachowicz again. The round comes to an end with a missed cartwheel kick from Santos.
Santos catches Blachowicz coming in with two huge hooks. Blachowicz drops to the canvas and Santos swarms on top for the ground-and-pound. After Blachowicz doesn’t fight back, the referee steps in to wave things off.
Official Result: Thiago Santos def. Jan Blachowicz via R3 TKO (punches, 0:39)
- Heavyweight: Stefan Struve def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima via R2 submission (arm-triangle choke, 2:21)
- Light heavyweight: Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Gian Villante via R1 KO (body shot and punches, 1:34)
- Women’s flyweight: Liz Carmouche def. Lucie Pudilova via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Bantamweight: Petr Yan def. John Dodson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Light heavyweight: Magomed Ankalaev def. Klidson Farias de Abreu via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Featherweight: Chris Fishgold def. Daniel Teymur via R2 submission (rear-naked choke, 1:10)
- Women’s flyweight: Gillian Robertson def. Veronica Macedo via R2 submission (rear-naked choke, 3:27)
- Welterweight: Dwight Grant def. Carlo Pedersoli Jr.via R1 TKO (punches, 4:59)
- Lightweight: Damir Hadzovic def. Marco Polo Reyes via R2 TKO (punches, 2:03)
- Welterweight: Ismail Naurdiev def. Michel Prazeres via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
- Lightweight: Diego Ferreira def. Rustam Khabilov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Lightweight: Damir Ismagulov def. Joel Alvarez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)