A light-heavyweight contest headlines UFC Fight Night this Sunday with Thiago Santos (21-9) meeting Johnny Walker (18-5) at the UFC Apex Centre in Las Vegas, USA.
Santos challenged for the light-heavyweight title against Jon Jones back in 2019 and came close to pulling off the massive upset but was edged via split decision. It’s been a rough ride for the 37-year-old who has lost subsequent fights to Glover Teixeira and Aleksandar Rakic. He brings a 13-8 UFC record and notably has a knock-out victory against the current champion, Jan Blachowicz.
Walker rebounded with a victory in his last outing, impressively stopping Ryan Spann midway through the first round. A 2018 Dana White Contender Series winner, Walker came into the UFC and stopped his first three opponents all in the first round before losing a pair of bouts to Corey Anderson and Nikita Krylov.
Currently, Thiago Santos is ranked the number 5 contender in the UFC light-heavyweight rankings while Johnny Walker sits at number 10.
The co-main event will feature Kevin Holland (21-7) taking on Kyle Daukaus (10-2) in a middleweight contest.
How to watch UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Walker in Australia?
The official broadcast partner for UFC Fight Night events in Australia is currently ESPN and will be broadcast this weekend on ESPN1.
You can also catch the action via the official UFC streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.
What time will it take place in Australia?
Firstly, a reminder that Daylight Savings come into effect for many states in Australia on Sunday morning, 3 October 2021. The preliminary card is scheduled to commence at 7am AEDT (NSW/VIC), 6am AEST (QLD) and 4am AWST (WA).
The main card will commence three hours later at 10am AEDT (NSW/VIC), 9am AEST (QLD) and 7am AWST (WA).
Are there any Australian fighters on the card?
Two as a matter of fact with Jamie Mullarkey and Casey O’Neill both on the card.
Central Coast fighter Jamie Mullarkey returns after an impressive 46-second victory in his last outing back at UFC 260. The 27-year-old will be looking at putting on that punctuation-like performance again when he meets American Devonte Smith.
Scottish-born women’s flyweight Casey O’Neill started her career in Australia where her father runs the successful Eternal MMA promotion. The 23-year-old is undefeated in his pro career and will look to make it 8-0 when she meets Antonina Shevchenko who is the older sister of the current flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko.
Both Mullarkey vs Smith and O’Neill vs Shevchenko will be on the preliminary portion of the card.
- Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker
- Kevin Holland vs. Kyle Daukaus
- Alex Oliveira vs. Niko Price
- Misha Cirkunov vs. Krzysztof Jotko
- Aspen Ladd vs. Macy Chiasson
- Alexander Hernandez vs. Mike Breeden
- Joe Solecki vs. Jared Gordon
- Antonina Shevchenko vs. Casey O’Neill (Australia/Scotland)
- Bethe Correia vs. Karol Rosa
- Devonte Smith vs. Jamie Mullarkey (Australia)
- Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Gaetano Pirrello
- Stephanie Egger vs. Shanna Young
- Alejandro Perez vs. Johnny Eduardo
*Last Updated: 29 September 2021