Suffering a significant rescheduling to tonight’s main event, the originally booked headliner saw former undisputed lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos return against the surging striking ace, Rafael Fiziev, until VISA issues for the latter forced the shelving of the event.
As a result, the bout was pulled entirely from tonight’s card, with dos Anjos now meeting Fiziev in two weeks’ time in the co-headlining bout of UFC 272 on March 5. — retaining its five round sanctioning.
Promoted from its co-headlining status tonight, a light heavyweight pairing of the #10 ranked contender, Johnny Walker, and the #12 rated finisher, Jamahal Hill.
Walker enters the bout off the back of three losses in his most recent four, dropping an October unanimous decision loss to compatriot and one-time title challenger, Thiago Santos in a rather forgettable main event outing.
Returning from his first career loss back in December, Hill stopped fellow division prospect, Jimmy Crute with a thunderous one-punch knockout inside just 49-seconds — scoring his fifth career knockout win.
UFC Vegas 48: Walker vs. Hill Results
UFC Vegas 48 Main Card Results: (ESPN+ 7 p.m. ET)
Light Heavyweight: Jamahal Hill def. Johnny Walker via first round (2:56) KO (punch)
Catchweight (195lbs): Kyle Daukaus def. Jamie Pickett via first round (4:59) submission (D’Arce choke)
Heavyweight: Parker Porter def. Alan Baudot via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lightweight: Jim Miller def. Nikolas Motta via second round (1:58) KO (ground strikes)
Middleweight: Joaquin Buckley def. Abdul Razak Alhassan via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
UFC Vegas 48 Preliminary Card Results: (ESPN+ 4 p.m. ET)
Featherweight: David Onama def. Gabriel Benitez via first round (4:24) KO (punches)
Bantamweight: Stephanie Egger def. Jessica-Rose Clark first round (3:44) submission (armbar)
Featherweight: Chas Skelly def. Mark Striegl via second round (2:01) TKO (knee and ground strikes)
Strawweight: Gloria de Paula def. Diane Belbita via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Chad Anheliger def. Jesse Strader via third round (3:33) TKO (ground strikes)
Featherweight: Jonathan Pearce def. Christian Rodriguez via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Mario Bautista def. Jay Perrin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)