UFC On ESPN: Top-10 Light Heavyweights Compete In The Main Event

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Thiago Santos vs Jamahal Hill – Light Heavyweight Division

Thiago Santos TALE OF THE TAPE Jamahal Hill 38 Age 31 6 ft. 2 in. Height 6 ft. 4 in. 76 in. Reach 79 in. 22-10 Record 10-1, 1 no-contest Number-six ranked Thiago Santos takes on number-ten ranked Jamahal Hill in Saturday night’s main event.

Just 1-4 over his last five fights, Thiago Santos hasn’t looked the same since injuring both of his knees in his UFC 239 title fight against Jon Jones in 2019.

His most recent fight was against rising star Magomed Ankalaev, who defeated Santos via unanimous decision this past March.

Jamahal Hill has won his last two fights, most recently knocking out Jimmy Walker in the first round this past February.

Hill will stand two-inches taller and have a three-inch reach advantage over Santos. At -260, Hill is the biggest betting favorite on the main card. To find out where to bet on this main card light heavyweight, see our Ultimate UFC Betting Guide.

Vicente Luque vs Geoff Neal – Welterweight Division

Vicente Luque TALE OF THE TAPE Geoff Neal 30 Age 31 5 ft. 11 in. Height 5 ft. 11 in. 75.5 in. Reach 75 in. 21-8-1 Record 14-4 After winning four in a row, including a submission win over former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, Vicente Luque had his winning streak snapped in his most recent bout this past April.

Luque, who had six post-fight bonuses in his last eight fights, lost his rematch against Belal Muhammad via unanimous decision.

Opposite of Luque, Geoff Neal recently snapped a two-fight losing streak with his split-decision win over Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 269 last December.

Both men stand at equal height, with Luque having the slightest half-inch reach advantage and boasting a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu compared to Neal’s blue belt.

Zac Pauga vs Mohammed Usman – Heavyweight Division

Zac Pauga TALE OF THE TAPE Mohammad Usman 34 Age 33 6 ft. Height 6 ft. 2 in. N/A Reach 79 in. 5-0 Record 7-2 The first of two TUF finale fights on the main card, Zac Pauga and Mohammad Usman will fight for a UFC heavyweight contract.

Pauga has remained undefeated thus far in his short MMA career, winning five straight. His last bout before competing on the show took place last October where he defeated Markus Perez via unanimous decision at Cage Warriors 130.

Usman is the brother of welterweight champion and pound-for-pound great Kamaru Usman.

Mohammed was undefeated during the TUF tournament but lost his last fight before participating on the show. Brandon Sayles submitted him in round two of the TUF tournament last May.

Brogan Walker vs Juliana Miller – Women’s Flyweight Division

Brogan Walker TALE OF THE TAPE Juliana Miller 34 Age 26 5 ft. 4 in. Height 5 ft. 7 in. 67 in. Reach 67 in. 7-2 Record 2-1 The second TUF final will see two female flyweights do battle.

The more experienced Brogan Walker had suffered two straight losses before defeating Emilee King by submission at Invicta FC 44 last August.

Julian Miller has only three pro fights under her belt. Last May, Miller lost her last MMA bout. She was defeated unanimously by Invicta.

Miller will stand two inches taller but both women will share an equal reach of 67-inches.

Augusto Sakai vs Sergey Spivak – Heavyweight Division

Augusto Sakai TALE OF THE TAPE Sergey Spivak 31 Age 27 6 ft. 4 in. Height 6 ft. 3 in. 77 in. Reach 78 in. 15-4-1 Record 14-3 Having won his first four UFC fights in a row, Augusto Sakai now finds himself amidst a three-fight losing streak – with all three losses coming via KO or TKO.

He last fought Tai Tuivasa at UFC 269 last December, losing the bout via second-round knockout.

Sergey Spivak is 1-1 over his last two fights. He most recently defeated Greg Hardy this past March at UFC 272 via first-round TKO.

Sakai will stand one inch taller but Spivak will have a one-inch reach advantage.

Ariane Lipski vs Priscila Cachoeira – Women’s Flyweight Division

Ariane Lipski TALE OF THE TAPE Priscila Cachoeira 28 Age 33 5 ft. 6 in. Height 5 ft. 7 in. 67 in. Reach 65 in. 14-7 Record 11-4 Kicking off the main card will show Ariane Lipski taking on Priscila Cachoeira in the women’s flyweight division – both of whom hold purple belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Lipski recently snapped a two-fight losing skid with her unanimous decision win over Mandy Bohm last September.

Cachoeira most recently fought Ji Yeon Kim this past February. Cachoeira won the fight of night by defeating Kim unanimously.

Lipski, listed as the -175 favorite, will have a two-inch reach advantage.

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How to Watch UFC on ESPN: Santos vs Hill

Event UFC on ESPN: Santos vs Hill Location UFC Apex, Enterprise, Nevada Time Saturday, August 6, 8 PM EST How to watch ESPN, ESPN+, TSN2

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