The Pro Take: Thiago Santos Gets By Johnny Walker in Close Five Round Fight

Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker, UFC Vegas 38
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 02: (R-L) Johnny Walker of Brazil kicks Thiago Santos of Brazil in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 02, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

UFC Vegas 38 was the ninth time in UFC history that we got to witness two of Brazil’s top talents under contract face off. Brazil vs. Brazil is always a great match-up, and with a fight between Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker, we knew exactly what we were getting with two of the most explosive men in the light heavyweight division. At least we thought we did.

Johnny Walker may have had a slight stumble with back-to-back losses not too long ago, but he bounced back in spectacular fashion with a first round finish of Ryan Spann, silencing critics that claimed his hype train was derailed. While a loss can sometimes be so devastating that you never return to contendership, a win over Thiago Santos could see Walker back in the discussion.

Thiago Santos’ power can put a halt to any man that stands across from him in the Octagon, and that is exactly what he looked to do against his fellow countryman. Stylistically, this could be the fight Thiago needed to get back into the win column.

What played out in the UFC Vegas 38 main event wasn’t what most expected. Who would have thought that this fight would go into the fifth round? The respect these men had for each other’s power was evident with the fight winding up in the hands of the judges. The bout was extremely close and the judges sided with Thiago Santos as the victor.


Here is how the pros reacted to the UFC Vegas 38 light heavyweight main event between Thiago Santos and Johnny Walker.