Santos has triumphed in Prague in the UFC only now. The pre-match was decided by a head-on collision
Instead of a quick knockout, be carefully reloaded on the body. The duel of two Brazilians at the UFC Fight Night 193 tournament was dominated by a close difference between Thiago Santos. His compatriot Johnny Walker thus claimed his third defeat in the last four performances. The main pre-match of the event in the APEX center did not know the winner. Kevin Holland fell to the ground after a head-on collision, and yet he still defends Kyle Daukaus for about a minute before knocking out the strangulation, the referee returns to the decisive moment and annulled the result.
He was etched in the memory of Czech fans when he defeated Jan Blachowicz in the main match of the UFC premiere tournament in Prague. But that was the culmination of Thiag Santos’s career. Which, of course, with the legendary Jon Jones, he immediately fought a balanced battle for the belt, but according to the judges, he lost. In addition, he had to have surgery on both knees, and when he returned, it was as if he was not the same killer. Since February 2019, the Brazilian beater with the nickname “Hammer” recorded his first victory at Saturday’s event.
Santos defeated another rancher, who was predicted to have a bright future. ‘That’s the guy who knocks out Jones,’ Johnny Walker was said to be. He flew into the most prestigious league like a rocket. He recorded three KOs together in two minutes and fifty seconds, but then sobering came when Corey Anderson grounded her. However, the match between the two Brazilians was expected to be a tough shootout and a quick course, instead the fans were carefully waiting. As if none of the beasts wanted to break free from the chain.
The two knockout machines spent twenty-five minutes in the ring. The Walkers basically only had kicks on the compatriot’s legs, especially in the fourth round, the fighters basically just exchanged kicks. Santos got closest to the end in the final five minutes. He shook his opponent with his right hand, and then tried to hunt them around the cage. In the end, he ran for the victory on the body, when all three judges scored exactly the same. Walker’s first and fourth rounds – Santos’ s second, third and fifth.
“A lot of people around me are definitely crying now because they know what I’ve been through,” the winner began an emotional conversation, greeting his compatriots in Portuguese. “It was extra difficult to train for him. It’s terribly unpredictable. Two weeks back, sparring tore my eyebrows with my elbow. I had a hard time getting to him, he is big, yet very fast, “Santos added, asking President Dana Whit if he would renew his contract and add some money, this was the last clash of the current contract.
The main pre-match had an interesting ending. For example, Kyle Daukaus strangled Kevin Holland at the end of the first round, they both left the cage with the same entry in the statistics. No competition, or no result of the Bruce Buffer conference due to the course of the match. During one of the attacks, the fighters shook their heads and Holland jumped to the ground. Referee Dan Miragliotta ran that the duel had arrived, but the American recovered quickly.
He managed to defend himself on the ground for a minute, but he mostly looked shaken, which led to Daukaus getting in his back and choking him. After knocking out, the 28-year-old strangler jumped off his rival and rejoiced in another victory on the submission. In that case, he has already recorded eight out of ten in this way.
Under the octagon, however, a crowd of judges and commissioners still formed. “I wanted to stop it right away when he went to the ground. But he turned on his back and began to fight. You can see that I planned to stop, “Miragliotta explained. After a short debate, they agreed with everyone that they would annul the result of the duel. Other UFC fighters agree on social networks that this was the right decision.
“I thought I won, but I don’t know …” Daukaus, still upset, shrugged. “If it ends up telling us revenge, I’ll be even better.”
Holland, on the other hand, smiled during the conversation. “I don’t know what happened, I have to look at it. All I know is that my lip was bleeding and I was completely dead. I have nothing against him, he’s not an idiot like Marvin Vettori or Derek Brunson, so I’m calm for revenge, “the comet concluded last year.
Results of the main cards of the UFC Fight Night 193 tournament
Semi-heavy weight up to 93 kilograms
Thiago Santos (BRA) Defeated Johnny Walker (BRA) On the Body (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Average weight up to 84 kilograms
Holland Holland (USA) Kyle Daukaus (USA) – no result (head-on collision)
Fair weight up to 77 kilograms
Niko Price (USA) defeated Alex Oliveira (BRA) On the body (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Average weight up to 84 kilograms
Kryzstof Jotko (POL) Defeated Misha Cirkunova (LVA) On the Body (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Agreed weight up to 72 kilograms
Alexander Hernandez (USA) defeated Mike Breeden (USA) KO in the 1st round