Glover Teixeira (32-7-0) two knockdowns by Thiago Santos (21-8-0) to secure his fifth straight victory in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 40 Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Santos had his opportunities in the first and third rounds to finish the fight, as he dropped Teixeira but failed to put him away. In both instances, Teixeira recovered and then used takedowns to reverse the momentum. Santos began to tire in the third round, leading to a Teixeira takedown and a rear-naked choke at 1:49.

Teixeira, who is likely to catapult into the No.1 contender slot, collected his fifth straight win and called out Dana White to give him a title shot against light heavyweight champion Ja Blachowicz.

Santos had to be disappointed with his performance and cardio, as he had Teixeira hurt several times but could not finish.

Giga Chadze and Alexander Romanov collected performances of the night, while Raoni Barcelos and Khalid Taha earned Fight of the Night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

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

In case you missed the prelims:

GUSTAV LOPEZ DEF. ANTHONY BIRCHAK VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 2:43

MAX GRIFFIN DEF. RAMIZ BRAHIMAJ VIA DOCTOR’S STOPPAGE R3 2:03

DARREN ELKINS DEF. LUIZ EDUARDO GARAGORRI VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R3 2:22

ALEXANDER ROMANOV DEF MARCOS ROGERIO DE LIMA VIA TECHNICAL SUBMISSION (FOREARM CHOKE) R1 4:48

TREVIN GILES DEF. BEVON LEWIS VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 1:26

MAIN CARD

#5 CLAUDIA GADELHA VS. #9 YAN XIONAN

WINNER: YAN XIAONAN VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: YAN XIAONAN VIA SD

Andrews: Yan’s takedown defence held up for the most part and she was active on the ground when it didn’t. Claudia just couldn’t match the striking. Good win.

GIGA CHIKDZE VS. JAMEY SIMMONS

WINNER: GIGA CHIKADZE VIA TKO (HEAD KICK AND PUNCHES) R3 3:51

ANDREWS PREDICTION: NONE

Andrews: This last-minute fight replaced Brendan Allan and Ian Heinisch due to COVID.

RAONI BARCELOS VS. KHALID TAHA

WINNER: RAONI BARCELOS VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RAONI BARCELOS VIA UD

Andrews: A fun fight and closer than the scores indicated.

ANDREI ARLOVSKI VS. TANNER BOSER 

WINNER: ANDREI ARLOVSKI VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TANNER BOSER VIA TKO

Andrews: I thought Boser would finish Arlovski but he not only didn’t finish him, he lost. He did not let his hands go. Father Time continues to elude the Pitbull.

MAIN EVENT

#1 THIAGO SANTOS VS. #3 GLOVER TEIXEIRA

WINNER: GLOVER TEIXEIRA VIA SUBMISSION 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GLOVER TEIXEIRA VIA UD

Andrews: At 41, Teixeira used a great game plan and some luck recovering from those two knockdowns to get the tap. He should be next.

@kenaiandrews UFC on ESPN+ 40: Glover Teixeira chokes out Thiago Santos