Thiago Santos’ journey up the light-heavyweight ladder will last in ancient 2019.

A match up between Santos and fourth-ranked light heavy weight competition Jan Blachowicz has been scheduled for Feb. 2-3 as the principal event of the UFC’s inaugural trip to Prague, Czech Republic. The advertising declared the reservation Friday afternoon.

Santos (20-6) is a perfect 2-0 using stoppage victories over Eryk Anders and Jimi Manuwa since shifting to light heavyweight following an protracted run as being a top-10 UFC middleweight competition. Even the 34-year-old Brazilian earned post-fight bonuses for both performances, and also his latest UFC 231 victory over Manuwa will likely be about the shortlist for Battle of the Year when 2018’s yearend lists start to drip out.

Prior to moving up in weight, “Marreta” racked a 10-5 record from the UFC’s middle weight branch, a streak highlighted by victories within Anthony Smith, Elias Theodorou, also Nate Marquardt.

Blachowicz (23-7), meanwhile, has now staged a four-fight win series to a top-five standing from the UFC’s 205-pound branch. A part of that series are victories over Manuwa, Jared Cannonier, and also a recent second-round entry of Nikita Krylov. Prior to his latest series, the 35-year-old Blachowicz fought via a 24 start into his Octagon livelihood, although he’d pick a first-round knockout over top-10 rival Ilir Latifi during this stretch.

UFC Prague occurs at the O2 Arena and is put to air live on ESPN+.

Who wins it?

  • 51 percent
    Jan Blachowicz

    (17 votes)

  • 48 percent

    (16 votes)

33 votes complete 33 Today

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