UFC Prague in tweets

Pro's react to UFC Prague

UFC’s first ever trip to the Czech Republic saw a potential Light Heavyweight title eliminator between KO artist Thiago Santos and the streaking Jan Błachowicz. The first 2 rounds were competitive, with Santos showing alot more patience than in previous fights and Błachowicz showing his well rounded game. However, at the start of Round 3, Thiago caught the on rushing Jan with a left hook and then finished the job to put himself firmly in title contention.

In the co-main event, Stefan Struve returned after 3 losses in a row against former light heavyweight Marcos Rogério de Lima. Despite getting knocked down early in the first, Struve managed to take the fight to the ground and submit De Lima via an arm-triangle choke. After the fight, The ‘Skyscraper’ indicated that it may well be his last fight and placed his gloves on the floor of the Octagon.

Next up was another 205lbs matchup between Long Island’s Gian Villante and Poland’s Michał Oleksiejczuk. Michal was returning after a 14 month lay off due to a failed drugs test back in December 2017. All it took was a body shot for Oleksiejczuk who grounded Villante and referee Marc Goddard stepped and ended the fight.

Czech Republic’s own Lucie Pudilova was up against Liz Carmouche at Women’s Flyweight. Carmouche was involved in the first Women’s MMA fight in the UFC back in 2013 against then champion Ronda Rousey. With the entire O2 Arena behind their native fighter, Liz Carmouche silenced the crowed with a unanimous decision win.

2018 was definitely Petr Yan’s year with the Russian making his mark in the UFC’s Bantamweight division. He faced his toughest test yet facing UFC veteran John Dodson. Yan showed his varied skill set through out the fight and despite Dodson knocking him down with left counter, he went on to dominate the fight and get himself a unanimous decision victory.

Finally, Magomed Ankalaev squared off against promotional newcomer Klidson Abreu at light heavyweight. Ankalaev struggled early on but then took over fight keeping his distance and comfortably saw out the fight and won on the judges scorecards.

See fellow pro’s reactions below.

Jan Błachowicz vs Thiago Santos

Stefan Struve vs Marcos Rogério de Lima

Michał Oleksiejczuk vs Gian Villante 

Liz Carmouche vs Lucie Pudilova

Petr Yan vs John Dodson

Magomed Ankalaev vs Klidson Abreu 

Official Main Card Results.

Thiago Santos def Jan Błachowicz via TKO (punches) Round 3- 0:39

Stefan Struve def Marcos Rogério de Lima via Submission (arm-triangle choke) Round 2- 2:21

Michał Oleksiejczuk def Gian Villante via TKO (body punch) Round 1- 1:34

Liz Carmouche def Lucie Pudilova via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Petr Yan def John Dodson via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Magomed Ankalaev def Klidson Abreu via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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