UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. dos Santos

UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. dos Santos (also known as UFC Fight Night 166 and UFC on ESPN+ 24) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on January 25, 2020 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States.[2]

UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. dos Santos
UFC on ESPN+ 24.jpg
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. dos Santos.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJanuary 25, 2020 (2020-01-25)
VenuePNC Arena
CityRaleigh, North Carolina, United States
Total gate$1,303,320[1]
Event chronology
UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. dos Santos UFC 247: Jones vs. Reyes


The event was the first that the promotion hosted in Raleigh and first in North Carolina since UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2 in January 2018.[2]

A heavyweight bout between Curtis Blaydes and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos served as the event headliner.[3]

A bantamweight bout was scheduled between former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and Cory Sandhagen at the event. However, Edgar was withdrawn from the fight in favour of facing Chan Sung Jung in a featherweight bout at UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. The Korean Zombie after Jung's original opponent, former featherweight title challenger Brian Ortega, pulled out due to a knee injury.[4] In turn, Sandhagen was removed from the card and expected to be rescheduled for a future event after promotion officials deemed that a suitable opponent could not be arranged.[5]

A middleweight bout between Bevon Lewis and Alen Amedovski was scheduled to take place at the event. However, Amedovski was forced to pull out of the event citing injury and was replaced by Dequan Townsend.[6]

A strawweight bout between Hannah Cifers and Brianna Van Buren was scheduled to take place at the event. However, Van Buren was pulled from the event due to undisclosed reasons and replaced by former Invicta FC Strawweight Champion Angela Hill.[7]

Featherweight fighters Josh Emmett and Nad Narimani pulled out of their scheduled fights against Arnold Allen and Nik Lentz respectively, citing injuries.[8] As a result, Allen and Lentz faced each other at the event.[9]


Main Card (ESPN+)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Curtis Blaydes def. Junior dos Santos TKO (punches) 2 1:06
Welterweight Michael Chiesa def. Rafael dos Anjos Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Flyweight Alex Perez def. Jordan Espinosa Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke) 1 2:33
Women's Strawweight Angela Hill def. Hannah Cifers TKO (elbows and punches) 2 4:26
Light Heavyweight Jamahal Hill def. Darko Stošić Decision (unanimous) (29–27, 29–27, 29–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (ESPN+)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight Bevon Lewis def. Dequan Townsend Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Featherweight Arnold Allen def. Nik Lentz Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Women's Flyweight Justine Kish def. Lucie Pudilová Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Montel Jackson def. Felipe Colares Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–26, 30–25) 3 5:00
Women's Bantamweight Sara McMann def. Lina Länsberg Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–26, 30–25) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Brett Johns def. Tony Gravely Submission (rear-naked choke) 3 2:53
Featherweight Herbert Burns def. Nate Landwehr KO (knee) 1 2:43


Bonus awardsEdit

The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.[11]

  • Fight of the Night: Brett Johns vs. Tony Gravely
  • Performance of the Night: Alex Perez and Herbert Burns

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Staff (2020-01-26). "UFC on ESPN+ 24 draws announced 14,533 attendance for $1.3 million live gate". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  2. ^ a b Gavin Porter (2019-11-11). "UFC to host Fight Night in Raleigh, NC". ufc.com. Retrieved 2019-11-11.
  3. ^ Brett Okamoto (2019-11-13). "Junior dos Santos-Curtis Blaydes set for Jan. 25". espn.com. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  4. ^ Mike Bohn (2019-12-05). "Frankie Edgar replaces Brian Ortega, meets Chan Sung Jung at UFC on ESPN+ 23". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  5. ^ Redactie (2019-12-23). "Cory Sandhagen definitely not in action during UFC Raleigh". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-12-23. (in Dutch)
  6. ^ Redactie (2019-12-16). "Dequan Townsend replaces Alen Amedovski against Bevon Lewis during UFC Raleigh". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-12-16. (in Dutch)
  7. ^ Redactie (2019-12-20). "Angela Hill replaces Brianna van Buren against Hannah Cifers at UFC Raleigh". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  8. ^ Farah Hannoun (2020-01-08). "UFC Raleigh: Undisclosed injury forces Josh Emmett out of Arnold Allen fight". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  9. ^ Jay Anderson (2020-01-14). "Nik Lentz and Arnold Allen now face off at UFC Raleigh". cagesidepress.com. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  10. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. dos Santos". Ultimate Fighting Championship. 13 November 2019. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  11. ^ Jose Youngs (2020-01-25). "UFC Raleigh bonuses: Brett Johns vs. Tony Gravely earns Fight of the Night". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-01-25.