UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Walker October 2 Exclusively on ESPN+

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UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Walker October 2 Exclusively on ESPN+

Main Event: Light Heavyweights Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker  

Main Card at 7 p.m. ET, Prelims at 4 p.m. ET; Both exclusively on ESPN+  

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UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Walker airs live from UFC APEX in Las Vegas this Saturday, Oct. 2, with both the prelims and the main card exclusively on ESPN+ (English and Spanish), at 4 p.m. ET and at 7 p.m. ET, respectively.  Live coverage includes UFC Live presented by DraftKings on ESPN2 on Friday at 5 p.m. ET and UFC Pre-Show: Santos vs. Walker on Friday at 6:05 p.m. ET on ESPN+ providing fans with exclusive insights and views on the biggest stories heading into Fight Night.  

The main event features a pair of native Brazilian light heavyweight contenders – Thiago Santos (21-9) vs. Johnny Walker (18-5).  Santos, the No. 5-ranked UFC light heavyweight, has 15 wins by knockout.  The #10-ranked Walker who fights out of Dublin, Ireland also has 15 career knockouts.  He has won 10 of his last 12 bouts. 

The co-main event will see a middleweight clash, between Kevin Holland (21-7) and Kyle Daukaus (10-2).  Holland, the No. 14-ranked middleweight, has 11 knockouts and shares the UFC record for most wins in a year – five in 2020.  Daukaus has eight wins by submission and three first-round finishes.   

Calling the action will be play-by-play announcer Brendan Fitzgerald, alongside former two-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier and two-time UFC Bantamweight title holder Dominick Cruz.  Heidi Androl will handle reporting duties. 


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Programming (All times ET) 

Fri., 10/1  5 p.m.  UFC Live presented by DraftKings: Santos vs. Walker  ESPN2 
6:05 p.m.  UFC Fight Night Pre-Show:  

Santos vs. Walker  

Sat., 10/2  4 p.m.  UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Walker (Prelims)   ESPN+ 
7 p.m.  UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Walker 

(Main Card)  

10 p.m.*  UFC Fight Night Post Show:  

Santos vs. Walker  


* immediately following main card 

Main Card and Prelims (All times ET) 

7 PM  Main  Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker 
Co-Main  Kevin Holland vs. Kyle Daukaus 
Undercard  Alex Oliveira vs. Niko Price 
Undercard  Misha Cirkunov vs. Krzysztof Jotko 
Undercard  Aspen Ladd vs. Macy Chiasson 
Undercard  Alexander Hernandez vs. Mike Breeden 
   4 PM  Feature  Joe Solecki vs. Jared Gordon 
Undercard  Antonina Shevchenko vs. Casey O’Neill 
Undercard  Bethe Correia vs. Karol Rosa 
Undercard  Devonte Smith vs. Jamie Mullarkey 
Undercard  Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Gaetano Pirrello 
Undercard  Stephanie Egger vs. Shanna Young 
Undercard  Alejandro Perez vs. Johnny Eduardo 




Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including more than 30 of the Year in Review press releases.
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