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Thiago Santos defeats Johnny Walker at UFC Fight Night

Mar 6, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Thiago Santos of Brazil punches Aleksandar Rakic of Austria in their light heavyweight fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Mar 6, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Thiago Santos of Brazil punches Aleksandar Rakic of Austria in their light heavyweight fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Thiago Santos defeated fellow Brazilian Johnny Walker in a unanimous decision Saturday night in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.

Santos won 48-47 across all three cards in the light heavyweight contest at the UFC Apex.

The fight was extremely close, per the stats. Walker landed 48 strikes to Santos’ 44.

The previous bout between middleweights Kevin Holland and Kyle Daukaus ended in a no contest in the first round after an accidental clash of heads. Holland dropped to the mat but then continued fighting.

Daukaus then ended the bout with a rear-naked choke submission. However, after the referee and officials ringside conferred, they ruled the fight a NC, saying Holland was compromised by the head butt.

In other bouts on the main card, Niko Price defeated Alex Oliveira via unanimous decision in their welterweight contest, Krzysztof Jotko defeated Misha Cirkunov in a split decision in their middleweight bout, and Alexander Hernandez recorded a TKO of Mike Breeden at 1:20 of the first round in their lightweight bout.

–Field Level Media