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UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Walker Main Card Picks (Oct 2)

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  • UFC Fight Night returns to Apex Center on Saturday night.
  • 12 fights scheduled for Prelims and Main Card.
  • Light heavyweight showdown between Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker set to headline.

Following on from last weekend’s incredible UFC 266 pay-per-view, fight fans have yet another excellent card to look forward to.

UFC Fight Night, which is set to be headlined by light heavyweight contenders and hard-hitters Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker, will return to the promotion’s state-of-the-art Apex Center on Saturday night.

The fight card, which is set to see 12 bouts take place across both the Prelims and Main Card, includes several hugely exciting matchups.

Notable fights include Antonina Shevchenko, sister to flyweight champion Valentina, take on Casey O’Neill in a women’s flyweight bout on the Prelims.

Elsewhere, fan-favorite and the hugely unpredictable Kevin Holland will be co-main eventing against Kyle Daukaus before Santos and Walker collide in the main event.

How to Watch UFC Fight: Santos vs. Walker

  • Location: UFC Apex Center, Las Vegas, USA
  • Date and Time: October 2, 2021 at 6pm E.T
  • Channel: UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+

UFC Fight Night: Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker – Full Schedule

Prelims

  • Bantamweight: Alejandro Perez (22-8) vs. Johnny Eduardo (28-12)
  • Bantamweight: Douglas Silva de Andrade (26-4) vs. Gaetano Pirrello (15-6)
  • Lightweight: Devonte Smith (11-2) vs. Jamie Mullarkey (13-4)
  • Women’s Bantamweight: Bethe Correia (11-5) vs. Karol Rosa (14-3)
  • Women’s Flyweight: Antonina Shevchenko (9-3) vs. Casey O’Neill (7-0)
  • Lightweight: Joe Solecki (11-2) vs. Jared Gordon (17-4)

Main Card

  • Lightweight: Alexander Hernandez (12-4) vs. Mike Breeden (10-3)
  • Women’s Bantamweight: Aspen Ladd (9-1) vs. Macy Chiasson (8-1)
  • Middleweight: Misha Cirkunov (15-6) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (22-5)
  • Welterweight: Alex Oliveira (22-10) vs. Niko Price (14-5)
  • Middleweight: Kevin Holland (21-7) vs. Kyle Daukaus (10-2)
  • Light Heavyweight: Thiago Santos (21-9) vs. Johnny Walker (18-5)

Alexander Hernandez vs. Mike Breeden

Great Main Card opener and exceptionally tough to call.

This one could go either way, but as I expect it to go the distance, given his superior experience inside the octagon, I am going to narrowly lean towards Alexander Hernandez.

However, worth noting – I do not think the betting lines accurately reflect how this one will go down. I believe Saturday night’s Main Card opener could be a lot closer than some are predicting.

Prediction: Alexander Hernandez to win via decision.

May 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Alexander Hernandez (red gloves) fights Drew Dober (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
May 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Alexander Hernandez (red gloves) fights Drew Dober (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Alexander Hernandez vs. Mike Breeden Popular MarketsOdds
Alexander Hernandez to win outright-400
Mike Breeden to win outright+300

Aspen Ladd vs. Macy Chiasson

This one should see Aspen Ladd claim the 10th victory of her professional career.

Although Macy Chiasson is a worthy opponent, I see Ladd having too much technical ability and ultimately doing enough to convince the judges.

Prediction: Aspen Ladd to win via decision.

Dec 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Aspen Ladd (red gloves) after her win against Yana Kunitskaya (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Aspen Ladd (red gloves) after her win against Yana Kunitskaya (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports
Aspen Ladd vs. Macy Chiasson Popular MarketsOdds
Aspen Ladd to win outright-200
Macy Chiasson to win outright-170

Misha Cirkunov vs. Krzysztof Jotko

‘Fight of the Night’ candidate right here!

I don’t foresee this one going the distance and given the fact he has age and form on his side, I am going to back Polish striker Jotko to get the job done – potentially in spectacular fashion, too.

Prediction: Krzysztof Jotko to win via knockout.

Jul 27, 2019; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada;   Krzysztof Jotko (blue gloves) defeats Marc-Andre Barriault (red gloves) during UFC 240 at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 27, 2019; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Krzysztof Jotko (blue gloves) defeats Marc-Andre Barriault (red gloves) during UFC 240 at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Misha Cirkunov vs. Krzysztof Jotko Popular MarketsOdds
Misha Cirkunov to win outright+145
Krzysztof Jotko to win outright-165

Alex Oliveira vs. Niko Price

With both fighters looking to rectify recent defeats, this one should be a great matchup.

Another really close fight to try and call – with both fighters relatively even.

However, given his vast experience and proven record of successfully bouncing back following consecutive defeats, I find Oliveira a hard pick to bet against.

Prediction: Alex Oliveira to win via decision.

Apr 23, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Alex Oliveira reacts while on the scale during weigh-ins for UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 23, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Alex Oliveira reacts while on the scale during weigh-ins for UFC 261 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Alex Oliveira vs. Niko Price Popular MarketsOdds
Alex Oliveira to win outright+120
Niko Price to win outright-140

Kevin Holland vs. Kyle Daukaus

I am backing the underdog in Saturday night’s co-main event.

Kevin Holland is in dire form and is currently on a two-fight skid. Although Kyle Daukaus isn’t exactly in title-challenging form himself, the 28-year-old’s skill set is a major threat to his opponent.

Having displayed just how weak he is when he comes up against ground specialists during his fight against Derek Brunson, I see Holland facing similar problems this Saturday, with the popular American likely to end his evening tapping out.

Prediction: Kyle Daukaus to win via submission.

May 8, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Kyle Daukaus punches Phil Hawes in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 08, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Mandatory Credit: Chris Unger/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
May 8, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Kyle Daukaus punches Phil Hawes in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 08, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Chris Unger/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Holland vs. Kyle Daukaus Popular MarketsOdds
Kevin Holland to win outright+155
Kyle Daukaus to win outright-135

Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker

This one should be a banger!

Hard hitter Thiago Santos will be hoping to avenge three defeats in a row. However, overcoming the exciting and hugely unpredictable Johnny Walker will not be a straightforward task.

Admittedly, this one could go either way – however, given the fact he’s coming in off a first round knockout win over Ryan Spann, Walker’s confidence will be at an all-time high.

I expect the two talented Brazilians to trade heavy blows but can foresee Santos’ reckless fighting style land him in big trouble when faced with the rangey Walker.

Prediction: Johnny Walker to win via knockout.

Nov 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA;  Johnny Walker (blue gloves) is introduced before his fight against Corey Anderson (red gloves) during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Johnny Walker (blue gloves) is introduced before his fight against Corey Anderson (red gloves) during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports
Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker Popular MarketsOdds
Thiago Santos to win outright-170
Johnny Walker to win outright+145

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