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UFC Vegas 38: Thiago Santos outworks Johnny Walker

Thiago Santos outstruck Johnny Walker to take the unanimous decision victory in the main event of UFC Vegas 38 Saturday night at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Both fighters were cautious early on but it seemed Santos was the one dictated the fight, with the bigger Walker unable to penetrate his defences. But Santos landed the most impactful strikes of the fight.

The fight was eerily similar of the weigh-ins, where Walker tried and failed to intimidate Santos at the scale.

It was a far cry from the Walker that thrilled fans in his early fights in the octagon.

With the win, Santos (22-9-0) snapped a three fight losing streak and defended his No. 5 ranking. Walker dropped to (18-6-0).

In case you missed, Aspen Ladd and Mac Chiasson women’s bantamweight bout is canceled after Ladd missed weight.

Casey O’Neill, Jamie Mullarkey, Douglas Siva de Andrade, and Alejandro Perez all earned performances of the night and a $50,000 USD bonus apiece.

There was no Fight of the Night bonus.

In case you missed the prelims:

ALEJANDRO PEREZ DEF. JOHNNY EDUARDO VIA SUBMISSION (SCARF HOLD ARMLOCK) R2 4:13

STEPHANIE EGGER DEF. SHANNON YOUNG VIA TKO (ELBOW) R2 2:22

DOUGLAS SILVA DE ANDRADE DEF. GAETANO PIRRELLO VIA TKO (PUNCH) R1 2:04

JAMIE MULLARKEY DEF. DEVONTE SMITH VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 2:51

KAROL ROSA DEF. BETHE CORREIA VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

CASEY O’NEILL DEF. ANTONINA SHEVCHENKO VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 4:47

JARED GORDON DEF. JOE SOLECKI VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

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

MAIN CARD 

ALEXANDER HERNANDEZ VS. MIKE BREEDEN 

WINNER: ALEXANDER HERNANDEZ VIA TKO (PUNCH) R1 1:20

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEXANDER HERNANDEZ VIA UD

Andrews: Breeden was on short notice and Hernandez took advantage with the right hand.

MISHA CIRKUNOV VS. KRZYSZTOF JOTKO

WINNER: KRZYSZTOF JOTKO VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MISHA CIRKUNOV VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: I thought Misha could get the fight to the ground, but hard luck trying to finish.

ALEX OLIVEIRA VS. NIKO PRICE 

Andrews: Both guys need a win. This could go either way. I think Price edges it out.

Andrews Prediction: Niko Price via UD

KEVIN HOLLAND VS. KYLE DAUKAUS 

WINNER: NO CONTEST (ACCIDENTAL HEAD BUTT) R1 3:43

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KEVIN HOLLAND VIA UD

Andrews: Who could have predicted that? Run it back ASAP.

MAIN EVENT

THIAGO SANTOS  VS. JOHNNY WALKER 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1444474728417275907?s=20

WINNER: THIAGO SANTOS VIA UD (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOHNNY WALKER VIA TKO

Andrews: I was expecting Walker to use his size but he ended up getting bullied.

The next event is UFC Vegas 39, which is scheduled for Oct. 9 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Mackenzie Dern takes on Marina Rodriguez in the strawweight main event.

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KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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