I know a lot of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans are rolling their eyes over the UFC Fight Night 145 light heavyweight main event, which takes place this Sat. (Feb. 23, 2019) inside O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, but we also have to play fair with the promotion.
Jan Blachowicz (23-7) is ranked No. 4 at 205 pounds, just two spots above Thiago Santos (20-6) at No. 6. “Marreta” won seven of his last eight. Ranked above Blachowicz are Anthony Smith, Alexander Gustafsson, and Daniel Cormier, so you can see how close both UFC headliners are to securing a late 2019 title shot.
It all starts with a win this weekend on ESPN+.
To help us break down the strengths and weaknesses of both fighters, former UFC welterweight title contender, Dan Hardy, gives an exemplary breakdown of the headlining affair, alongside the imitable John Gooden.
Check it out in the embedded video above.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 145 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the ESPN2 “Prelims” undercard bouts at 11 a.m. ET, followed by the ESPN+ main card start time at 2 p.m. ET.
To see who else is fighting at UFC Prague click here.