UFC Prague Preview And Predictions: Jan Blachowicz And Thiago Santos Headline Czech Republic Spectacle
The octagon heads to Prague for the first time as the UFC heads to the ever-growing mixed martial arts fanbase of Czech Republic, with a European-focused fight card to match!
Polish light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz and Thiago Santos throw down in the main event, whilst Dutch giant Stefan Struve looks to end a three-fight skid against Marcos Rogerio de Lima in the co-main event.
The card also features Gian Villante aiming to end the fourteen-fight win streak of Michal Oleksiejczuk, and Czech flyweight Lucie Pudlova taking on former bantamweight title challenger Liz Carmouche. Fan favourites Petr Yan and John Dodson do battle in a bantamweight bout.
England is represented by former Cage Warriors lightweight champion Chris Fishgold, who looks to get his maiden victory in the UFC against Sweden’s Daniel Teymur. The Liverpudlian lost out to Calvin Kattar on his debut in Moncton but will face a game Daniel Teymur in Prague.
We take a look at the bets to make to carry on your Saturday night into the early hours…
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Klidson Farias
Magomed Ankalaev overcame his last-gasp debut loss to Paul Craig to knockout Marcin Prachnio in performance-of-the-night fashion in Moscow, but Ankalaev has a track record of putting his opponents to sleep.
The Russian’s last four wins have come by way of stoppage, as well as six of his last seven victories and this represents a baptism of fire for Farias. The Brazilian missed weight by three pounds at the weigh ins, but Ankalaev accepted the fight anyway, having already lost one opponent in the build-up to the event.
Farias has never been to a decision in his sixteen professional fights and holds an impressive record of ten submission victories in his fourteen victories. This demonstrates a fun fighter to watch, but also one that could be quick to rush in and get caught by Ankalaev.
Magomed Ankalaev by TKO/KO - 13/8 (SkyBet)
Stefan Struve vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
It’s hard to predict which Stefan Struve you will get to see in the octagon. Apart from his giant seven-foot frame, everything else is uncertain. The Dutchman has faced pretty much every top-tier heavyweight in his decade in the UFC, with fights against lower-tier opposition like this one usually a win for Struve. Three losses on the bounce and without a win for almost two-and-a-half years and it’s hard to predict how Struve will perform.
Marcos Rogerio de Lima has performed well since signing with the UFC, holding a 5-3 record. When the opposition steps up though, The Brazilian struggles to make the jump, demonstrated to losses to Ovince St. Preux, Nikita Krylov and Gadzhimurad Antigulov.
Struve’s fights have seen fifteen knockouts all in all, with seven of those going against him, whilst the Brazilian has handed out eleven knockouts and been on the receiving end of one. I can’t call who will win, but I think this will end prematurely.
Either to win by TKO/KO - 6/5 (SkyBet)
The Sportsman’s Acca
Ismagulov, Hadzovic, Yan, Robertson and Carmouche all to win - £10 returns £77 (SkyBet)
UFC Prague gets underway at 4PM on UFC Fight Pass, with the action starting on BT Sport from 5PM. The main card continues at 7PM on BT Sport.
Full Fight Card
Main Card (7PM on BT Sport)
- Jan Blachowicz vs. Thiago Santos
- Stefan Struve vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
- Gian Villante vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
- Liz Carmouche vs. Lucie Pudlova
- John Dodson vs. Petr Yan
- Magomed Ankalaev vs. Klidson Farias
Prelims (4PM on UFC Fight Pass, 5PM on BT Sport)
- Carlo Pedersoli vs. Dwight Grant
- Daniel Teymur vs. Chris Fishgold
- Gillian Robertson vs. Veronica Macedo
- Damir Hadzovic vs. Marco Polo Reyes
- Michel Prazeres vs. Ismail Naurdiev
- Rustam Khabilov vs. Diego Ferreira
- Damir Ismagulov vs. Joel Alvarez