UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Walker- Thiago Santos vs Johnny Walker: Prediction and Analysis

Published 10/01/2021, 10:52 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 05: Thiago Santos of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC 235 weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena on July 5, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Walker will see a light-heavyweight clash between Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker go down in the main event. Both fighters are currently ranked in the top 10 of the division. Either man will look to catapult the rankings with a win this weekend.

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Santos, the Brazilian, is currently on a 3-fight skid. Jon Jones, Glover Teixeira, and Aleksandar Rakic have all recently bettered ‘Marreta’ inside the Octagon. Also, his recent knee surgery has hampered his progress massively in the division. The former title challenger could be on a 4-fight skid if he drops another fight this weekend.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 04: (L-R) Jon Jones and Thiago Santos of Brazil pose for the media during the UFC 239 Ultimate Media Day at T-Mobile Arena on July 4, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

As for Walker, he was once considered the new star of the light-heavyweight division and the fighter to defeat Jones. But, he dropped two back-to-back fights before returning to winning ways against Ryan Spann. However, his ability to take a punch still remains questionable.

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Santos has a record of 21-9 with 16 finishes. 15 T/KO and 1 submission. On the other hand, Walker’s record is 18-5 with 17 finishes. He has 15 T/KO and 1 submission wins on his resume.

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Thiago Santos vs Johnny Walker: Analysis

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Both fighters are legit knockout artists, and they throw everything intending to end a fight. Walker is wild and powerful in his approach. While Santos is just a brawler.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: Johnny Walker of Brazil reacts after his TKO victory over Ryan Spann in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

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Both fighters might hesitate to engage as it will certainly lead to carnage inside the Octagon. They might just avoid that at all costs. Or, they just could decide to leave caution to the wind and swing for the fences from the get-go. It’s hard to say which type of fight the fans are going to get. But, training with John Kavanagh at SBG Ireland might be a good thing for Walker against an aging Santos.

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Final Prediction: Johnny Walker by T/KO

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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