UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ this Saturday, Feb. 23, will feature top light heavyweights Jan Blachowicz vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos in the main event from the O2 Arena in Prague, the first-ever UFC event in the Czech Republic. Heavyweights Stefan Struve and Marcos Rogerio de Lima will face off in the co-main bout.
The main card will be live and available exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S. starting at 2 p.m. ET, with live preliminary bouts on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Main card bouts can be watched live on ESPN+ in both English and Spanish.
Blachowicz (23-7), the No. 4 ranked UFC light heavyweight, enters the bout with four straight wins, including a second-round submission of Nikita “The Miner” Krylov in September. Blachowicz is from Cieszyn, Poland, a small town bordering the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, No. 6 ranked UFC light heavyweight Santos (20-6), from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, comes into the fight on a three-bout win streak, after knocking out Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa in December, which added to Santos’ 14 career KOs.
In the co-main bout, Struve (32-11), a 6-11½ heavyweight known as “Skyscraper,” faces Rogerio de Lima (16-6-1), who has 12 career knockouts.
The main card also features former Hofstra All-American football player Gian Villante (17-10) taking on Michal “Lord” Oleksiejczuk (12-2, 1 NC) in a light heavyweight bout, as well as No. 6 ranked flyweight Liz “Girlrilla” Carmouche (12-6) vs. the Czech Republic’s own Lucie Pudilova (8-3).
ESPN+ will feature the exclusive UFC Fight Night Pre-Show, providing fans all the information they need to get ready for the event. Hosted by Brendan Fitzgerald alongside analyst and former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, the Pre-Show will be on-site in Prague and available on ESPN+ beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 22. ESPN+ will also feature a live, exclusive UFC Fight Night Post Show, immediately following the event.
Calling the live action will be play-by-play announcer, John Gooden, alongside former UFC welterweight title contender Dan Hardy. Heidi Androl will handle reporting duties. Production for all UFC events on ESPN+ and ESPN is provided by UFC. UFC’s Spanish-language commentary for UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ will be provided by Victor Dávila (play-by-play) and former UFC athletes Santiago Ponzinibbio (analyst) and Brandon Moreno (analyst).
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Main Event Card – 2:00 p.m. ET
On ESPN+ in English and Spanish
Main Event Jan Blachowicz vs. Thiago Santos
Co-Main Event Stefan Struve vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Gian Villante vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
Liz Carmouche vs. Lucie Pudilova
John Dodson vs. Peter Yan
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Klidson Abreu
Prelim Fight Card – 11:00 a.m. ET
On ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes
Dwight Grant vs. Carlo Pedersoli
Daniel Teymur vs. Chris Fishgold
Veronica Macedo vs. Gillian Robertson
Damir Hadzovic vs. Marco Polo Reyes
Michel Prazeres vs. Ismail Naurdiev
Rustam Khabilov vs. Diego Ferreira
Damir Ismagulov vs. Joel Alvarez