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UFC on ESPN+ 3: Thiago Santos floors Jan Blachowicz in Prague

Is a title shot in the future of Santos?

Thiago Santos used a counter hook and hammerfists to stop Jan Blachowicz in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 3 in Prague this afternoon.

It was fairly even after two rounds as both fighters landed and blocked strikes of all kinds. Santos however seemed to focus on leg kicks, which took some starch out of his Polish opponent by the end of the second round. Santos landed the counter hook early in the third frame which knocked Blachowicz down to the canvas where hammerfists forced referee Herb Dean to call the bout at 39 seconds.

With the win, Santos now has a three fight win streak, with seven wins in his last eight fights. He also snapped Blachowicz’s four fight win streak.

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Santos, Stefan Struve, Micheal Oleksiejczuk, and Dwight Grant all collected performance bonuses worth $50,000 USD apiece.

Stefan Struve retired after his bout with de Lima. His previous troubles with his heart was a factor he explained in the post-fight interview.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

DAMIR INSMAGULOV DEF. JOEL ALVAREZ VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

CARLOS DIEGO FERRERA DEF. RUSTAM KHABILOV VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ISMAIL NAURDIEV DEF. MICHEL PRAZERES VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

DAMIR HADZOVIC DEF. POLO REYES VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 2:03

GILLIAN ROBERTSON DEF. VERONICA MACEDO VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 3:27

CHRIS FISHGOLD DEF. DANIEL TEYMUR VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 1:10

DWIGHT GRANT DEF. CARLO PEDEROLL JR. VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 4:59

MAIN CARD

MAGOMED ANKALAEV VS. KLIDSON DE ABREU

WINNER: MAGOMED ANKALAEV VIA UD

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAGOMED ANKALAEV VIA UD

Andrews: Not a barnburner of a fight, but Magomed grinded it out as expected.

#9 JOHN DODSON VS. #14 PETYR YAN 

WINNER: PETYR VAN VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PETYR VAN VIA UD

Andrews: It’s almost time for The Magician to hang them up. He no longer has that “magical” speed advantage we are used to seeing him have.

#6 LIZ CARMOUCHE VS. #14 LUCIE PUDILOVA

WINNER: LIZ CARMOUCHE VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LIZ CARMOUCHE VIA UD

Andrews: Pudilova was scrappier than expected, but Liz pulled it out. Good win.

GIAN VILLANTE VS. MICHAEL OLEKSIEJCZUK

WINNER: MICHAEL OLEKSIEJCZUK VIA TKO  (BODY PUNCH) R1 1:34

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MICHAEL OLEKSIEJCZUK VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Gillante was doing his thing and then Mike lands the body shot. Nicely done.

STEFAN STRUVE VS. MARCOS ROGERIO DE LIMA 

WINNER: STEFAN STRUVE VIA SUBMISSION (ARM-TRIANGLE CHOKE) R2 2:21

ANDREWS PREDICTION: STEFAN STRUVE VIA SUBMISSON

Andrews: If this is the Skycraper’s last bout, it was a vintage one.

MAIN EVENT

JAN BLACHOWICZ VS. THIAGO SANTOS 

WINNER: THIAGO SANTOS VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 0:39

ANDREWS PREDICTION: THIAGO SANTOS VIA TKO

Andrews: Good fight. Jan had his chances, but Santos put him away in the third. Good win.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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