UFC on ESPN+ 3 took place Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. The card was headlined by a light heavyweight bout between Jan Blachowicz and Thiago Santos.
Closing odds are courtesy of Several Bookmakers. Here’s a quick recap of each of those fights.
Favorites that Won
An even fight heading into round three, Thiago Santos caught Jan Blachowicz coming forward dropping him to the canvas. He then proceeded to land hammerfists until the referee stepped in to stop the bout. Santos closed -126 while Blachowicz closed -104
Despite being dropped in the opening round, Stefan Struve weathered the storm to get top position in the second round and earn a submission win over Marcos Rogerio de Lima. Struve closed -120. De Lima closed -110.
Michel Oleksiejczuk landed a body shot early in round one and put Gian Villante on the canvas. The referee stepped in and stopped the bout early in round one. Oleksiejczuk closed -225 with Villante closing +175.
Liz Carmouche was able to take Lucie Pudilova to the match throughout the fight to earn a division on enemy turf. Carmouche closed -159 while Pudilova closed +129
Petr Yan put in a tremendous 15 minutes of work to dominate Jon Dodson in the striking exchanges to win a unanimous decision for the biggest win of his career. Yan closed -259 with the return on Dodson +209
Magomed Ankalaev has settled well into the UFC. He had no problem with his Brazilian opponent, Klidson Abreu, as he cut him open in the first round and continued the domination throughout the fight for a unanimous decision victory. Ankalaev closed -215 while Abreu closed +170
Chris Fishgold’s rugged, high energy approach was too much for Daniel Teymur as he was able to wrestle him to the mat and secure a rear naked choke to submit him early in the second round. Fishgold closed -239. Teymur closed +189
Gillian Robertson stuck to her plan to grapple and submit Veronica Macedo. It paid off in the second round as she was able to Macedo’s back and secure a rear naked choke for the victory. Robertson closed -180 with the return on Macedo +150
Damir Hadzovic was able to get Marco Polo Reyes to the mat in round two and beat him up from top position forcing the referee to step in and stop the bout. Hadzovic closed -140 while Reyes closed +110
Damir Ismagulov had no problems with a much bigger, longer fighter as he was able to pick him apart on the feet to win every round on the judges’ scorecards to beat Joel Alvarez by decision. Ismagulov closed -293 with the return on Alvarez +233
Underdogs that Won
Dwight Grant waited for Carlo Pedersoli to use a loose left leg kick opening him up for a counter right hand. Grant landed a huge right hand that sent his opponent to the canvas and allowed Grant to follow up with strikes for the win in the closing seconds of the first round. Grant closed +130 while Pedersoli closed -160
Ismail Naurdiev stuffed Michel Prazeres’ takedown attempts in the opening round and from there out struck his tired opponent to win a decision in his UFC debut. Naurdiev closed +345 with Prazeres closing -455
Carlos Diego Ferreira had a much higher output, landed more, and kept Rustam Khabilov on the back foot to earn a well-deserved decision. Diego Ferreira closed +113 while Khabilov closed -143