UFC Vegas 38 airs live from UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday October 2, which makes it Sunday October 3 in the UK and Australia. The main event is a five-round light heavyweight bout between Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker.
Former light heavyweight title challenger Thiago Santos (21-9) is looking to rebound from a trio of defeats suffered in his previous bouts. This includes his encounter with Aleksandar Rakic when he dropped a unanimous decision in March, the defeat via third-round submission against Glover Teixeira last November, and a failed attempt to claim UFC gold against then champion Jon Jones, who retained the belt by split decision in July 2019. Santos’ most recent win goes back to February 2019 when he stopped current 205-pound champion Jan Blachowicz in the third round.
Johnny Walker (18-5) was last in action in September 2020 when he KO’d Ryan Spann in the first round. Before that he dropped a unanimous decision against Nikita Krylov and was stopped by Corey Anderson in Round 1.
UFC Vegas 38 co-main event is set to feature a middleweight battle between Kevin Holland and Kyle Daukaus.
Holland (21-7) lost two of his previous bouts by unanimous decision against Marvin Vettori and Derek Brunson. Prior to that he knocked out Ronaldo Souza in the first round to tie UFC record for most wins in a calendar year (5), as well as secure Performance of the Night bonus.
Daukaus (10-2) lost his previous bout by unanimous decision against Phil Hawes. Before that he similarly defeated Dustin Stoltzfus.
The finalized UFC Vegas 38 fight card is yet to be officially released by the promotion (as of writing). The announced to date list of matchups can be found below.
UFC Vegas 38 fight card
- Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker
- Kevin Holland vs. Kyle Daukaus
- Alex Oliveira vs. Niko Price
- Misha Cirkunov vs. Krzysztof Jotko
- Aspen Ladd vs. Macy Chiasson
- Alexander Hernandez vs. Mike Breeden
- Joe Solecki vs. Jared Gordon
- Antonina Shevchenko vs. Casey O’Neill
- Bethe Correia vs. Karol Rosa
- Jamie Mullarkey vs. Devonte Smith
- Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Gaetano Pirrello
- Alejandro Perez vs. Johnny Eduardo
- Sean Soriano vs. Fernando Padilla
- Shanna Young vs. Stephanie Egger