MMA Preview – Jan Blachowicz vs Thiago Santos at UFC Fight Night 145

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 145? Saturday 23rd February, 2019 - 17:30 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 145? O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic

What channel is UFC Fight Night 145 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 145? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The UFC makes its first ever appearance in the Czech Republic with Prague playing the grateful host. UFC Fight Night 145 is headlined by two top light heavyweight contenders in the shape of Jan Blachowicz and Thiago Santos.

Blachowicz makes the short trip from Poland and will carry over a lot of home support who will have high hopes of seeing him notch his fifth win in a row. The Pole is in the form of his life, starting his winning streak with a ruthless bulldog choke on the feet against Devin Clark and then went on to earn well-earned decisions over Jared Cannonier and Jimi Manuwa and is coming off another brilliant submission over Nikita Krylov.

Santos flies over from Brazil but he has fans wherever he goes as the aggressive slugger is one of the most exciting fighters on the roster. The Brazilian has only lost once in his last eight fights and made the smart decision to move up to the less crowded 205 lb club. He announced himself in the division with a brutal battle against Eryk Anders who could not take any more punishment, collapsing between rounds. Santos then went on to slug it out with one of the hardest hitters in the division – Manuwa – and walked away with another knockout victory.

THE PREDICTION

Blachowicz is a cerebral fighter and will have a plan to avoid getting into a brawl with Santos. The Brazilian is a violent man and would prefer the fight to take place in a phone booth. However, he will have to be careful in closing the distance as Blachowicz is likely to try and take the fight to the floor and wear Santos down and exhaust him to dilute the knockout threat.

Blachowicz is incredibly durable so if Santos can pull off another knockout, a title shot will have to be in question but Blachowicz is confident of spoiling the party by grinding out a decision.

Winner: Blachowicz via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.