Main Card at 7 p.m. ET, Prelims at 4 p.m. ET
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Exclusive to ESPN+, UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev, will be live from UFC APEX in Las Vegas this Saturday, March 12, with the main card at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, preceded by the Prelims at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. Live coverage includes UFC Live presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Santos vs. Ankalaev on ESPN2 which airs Friday, March 11, at 5:30 p.m. ET and will provide fans with exclusive insights and views heading into Fight Night.
The evening will be capped by a light heavyweight duel between veteran and one-time title challenger Thiago Santos (22-9, 15 KOs) and Magomed Ankalaev (16-1, 9 KOs), considered a rising contender. The two – separated by nine years – are ranked No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, in the division. The elder Santos is hoping a win Saturday will lead to another crack at the belt. “If I win this fight, it’s going to put me so close to the next title fight,” Santos said. “Maybe one more fight or maybe I go straight to the title shot, you never know.” For his part, Ankalaev has won seven fights in a row since dropping his UFC debut in 2018 and has similar championship aspirations.
The co-main bout pits bantamweights Marlon Moraes (23-9) and Song Yadong (18-5). Moraes is looking to regain his career’s momentum – he won 17 of 18 from 2011-2019 – and have a second opportunity for the title (he lost a championship fight at UFC 238). Yadong has won 10 of his last 11 outings.
Brendan Fitzgerald will call the action, alongside Paul Felder and two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz. Heidi Androl will handle reporting duties. All coverage in Spanish will be handled by Troy Santiago and Marlon Vera.
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