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Blachowicz vs Santos to ESPN+ 3 in Prague

Pivotal Light Heavyweight Battle Highlights UFC's First Visit to Czech Republic

The UFC's first event in the Czech Republic on February 23 will be host to an important light heavyweight battle pitting a Brazilian knockout artist against one of Europe's finest, as Thiago Santos meets Jan Blachowicz in a five-round main event at Prague's O2 Arena.

Winner of four in a row, Poland's Blachowicz has earned three post-fight bonuses during this stellar run, and he believes a win in February will put him in striking distance of a world title shot. But it won't be an easy task, as Santos has been on a tear since moving to 205 pounds, knocking out Eryk Anders and Jimi Manuwa in devastating fashion.

Also announced for the February 23 event, which airs live on ESPN+, is a heavyweight showdown between the Netherlands' Stefan Struve and Brazil's Marcos Rogerio de Lima.