A previously reported fight between Brazilian light heavyweights Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker will serve as the main five-round event for the UFC’s Fight Night show on September 25, several people familiar with the reservation told MMA Fighting.
The company has yet to officially announce the map and other showdowns. The UFC is expected to host all Fight Night shows this year at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
Santos (21-9) is aiming to break an uncomfortable slip when he returns to the Octagon in the third quarter of 2021.
“Marreta” hasn’t won a fight since a third round knockout to Jan Blachowicz in February 2019, losing three in a row to Jon Jones, Glover Teixeira and Aleksandar Rakic. Santos started 3-0 as a light heavyweight with stops on Eryk Anders, Jimi Manuwa and Blachowicz to earn a shot over then-champion “Bones” Jones, losing a close decision.
Walker (18-5) secures his first spot at the top of the promotion after a thrilling first-round win over Ryan Spann last September, bouncing back into the win column after losses to Corey Anderson and Nikita Krylov.
Walker bagged Performance of the Night bonuses in his first three Octagon appearances in 2018 and 2019, stopping Khalil Rountree, Justin Ledet and Misha Cirkunov in a combined time of 2:58.