UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev was another card hosted at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Light heavyweight contenders Thiago Santos and Magomed Ankalaev clashed in the main-event of the night.
Additionally, the event also included an action-packed prelims card. The featured prelims bout saw AJ Fletcher make his octagon debut against surging welterweight prospect Matthew Semelsberger. Fletcher earned his contract with a vicious flying knee knockout win over Leonardo Damiani at DWCS last year.
Women's flyweight prospects JJ Aldrich and Gillian Robertson also clashed at the UFC Vegas 50 prelims. Robertson recorded the most wins in flyweight history after submitting Priscila Cachoeira at UFC 269 in December last year. Meanwhile, Aldrich went into the bout riding a two-fight win streak which included a split decision over Cortney Casey and a unanimous decision over Sabina Mazo prior to that.
UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev results
Matthew Semelsberger def. AJ Fletcher via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
JJ Aldrich def. Gillian Robertson via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Javid Basharat def. Trevin Jones via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Damon Jackson def. Kamuela Kirk via submission (4:42 of Round 2)
Miranda Maverick def. Sabina Mazo via submission (2:15 of Round 2)
Cody Brundage def. Dalcha Lungiambula via submission (3:41 of Round 1)
Guido Cannetti def. Kris Moutinho via TKO (2:07 of Round 1)
Tafon Nchukwi def. Azamat Murzakanov via KO (00:44 of Round 3)
UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev prelims highlights
AJ Fletcher made his octagon debut against Matthew Semelsberger in the featured prelims bout at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev. After a dominant first-round display from Fletcher, Semelsberger started gaining momentum in the later rounds.
Ultimately, Semelsberger reeled in a closely contested unanimous decision in the absolute barnburner.
JJ Aldrich faced Gillian Robertson in a women's flyweight matchup on the prelims card. Aldrich extended her winning streak to three in a row with a dominant decision win over Robertson.
Javid Basharat made his UFC debut against Trevin Jones in the UFC Vegas 50 prelims. The Afghan fighter scored a unanimous decision win, going the distance for the first time in his career.
Damon Jackson faced Kamuela Kirk in a featherweight matchup on the prelims card. Jackson scored an emphatic victory, submitting Kirk via an arm-triangle in the second round.
Miranda Maverick took on Sabina Mazo in a women's flyweight matchup at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev. Maverick got back in the win column with a second-round submission win over Mazo.
Cody Brundage made his second walk to the octagon against Dalcha Lungiambula after dropping his debut against Nick Maximov last year. Lungiambala came out as the early aggressor, landing some serious ground and pound on Brundage.
In a surprising turn of events, Lungiambala got caught in a guillotine while shooting for a takedown and eventually tapped out.
Kris Moutinho returned to the octagon against Guido Cannetti after making a short-notice debut against Sean O'Malley last year. The 42-year old Cannetti bounced back from a three-fight skid with a first-round TKO win over Moutinho.
Azamat Murzakanov finally made his octagon debut against Tafon Nchukwi in the prelims card at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev. Murzakanov scored a huge comeback victory, shutting the lights on Nchukwi with a flying knee in the third round.