LowKick MMA will be bringing you UFC Vegas 38: Santos vs. Walker results throughout the night (Sat. 2nd. October 2021) from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Headlining the event, a light heavyweight matchup between the #5 ranked contender and one-time undisputed light heavyweight championship challenger, Thiago Santos, and his compatriot, the charismatic #10 rated challenger, Johnny Walker.
Rio de Janeiro native, Santos enters his fourth main event tilt under the promotion’s banner, as he hopes to bring an end to a three-fight losing skid.
Last featuring at UFC 259 in March, Santos suffered a rather forgettable unanimous decision defeat against Aleksandar Rakic, which came off the back of a November submission loss to Glover Teixeira, and a close split decision loss to former two-time light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones in July 2019.
In three wins at 205lbs, Santos has knocked out the trio of Eryk Anders, Jimi Manuwa, and lodged a third round knockout win over reigning division champion, Jan Blachowicz back in February 2019.
Top-10 contender, Walker is a product of Dana White‘s Contender Series and bounced back to the winner’s enclosure following two straight losses with a September knockout win over recent UFC Vegas 37 headliner, Ryan Spann.
Prior to his rallying effort against Spann, Walker dropped a unanimous decision loss to Nikita Krylov, as well as a notable knockout loss to Corey Anderson. In a trio of other knockout wins, Walker bested Justin Ledet, Khalil Rountree Jr., as well as a massive flying knee stoppage over Misha Cirkunov.
UFC Vegas 38: Santos vs. Walker
Main Card: (ESPN+ 7 p.m. ET)
Light Heavyweight: Thiago Santos def. Johnny Walker via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Middleweight: Kevin Holland vs. Kyle Daukaus ends in first round (5:00) official ‘No Contest’ (unintentional headbutt)
Welterweight: Niko Price def. Alex Oliveira via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Middleweight: Krzysztof Jotko def. Misha Cirkunov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Catchweight:(158.5lbs) Alexander Hernandez def. Mike Breedan via first round (1:20) KO (punch)
Preliminary Card: (ESPN+ 4 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Jared Gordon def. Joe Solecki via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Flyweight: Casey O’Neill def. Antonina Shevchenko via second round (4:47) TKO (ground strikes)
Catchweight: (138.5lbs) Karol Rosa def. Bethe Correia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Lightweight: Jamie Mullarkey def. Devonte Smith via second round (2:51) TKO (strikes)
Bantamweight: Douglas Silva de Andrade def. Gaetano Pirrello via first round (2:04) KO (punch)
Bantamweight: Stephanie Egger def. Shanna Young via second round (2:22) TKO (elbow)
Bantamweight: Alejandro Perez def. Johnny Eduardo via second round (4:13) submission (armbar)