Evangelista Santos

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Evangelista Santos
Born (1977-12-12) 12 December 1977 (age 37)
Curitiba, Brazil
Other names Cyborg
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg)
Division Light Heavyweight (1997-2007)
Middleweight (2008-2009)
Welterweight (2010–2014)
Reach 72 in (180 cm)
Fighting out of Rondonópolis, Brazil
Team Chute Boxe Academy
The Arena
Rank      Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Cristiano Marcello
Years active 1997–2014
Mixed martial arts record
Total 35
Wins 19
By knockout 12
By submission 5
By decision 2
Losses 16
By knockout 10
By submission 2
By decision 4
Other information
Notable relatives Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, Ex Wife
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Evangelista Santos (Portuguese pronunciation: [evɐ̃ʒeˈlistɐ ˈsɐ̃tus] born December 12, 1977) is a retired Brazilian mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the Welterweight division. After making his professional debut in 2001, Santos, competed for Strikeforce, PRIDE Fighting Championship, Cage Rage, International Vale Tudo Championships, Pancrase, Jungle Fight, and World Victory Road.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Santos turned professional when he was 20 years old and began his career 2-0 before facing legendary Brazilian fighter Jose "Pele" Landi-Jons, losing by TKO. Santos won his first two fights with the British Cage Rage organization before returning to Brazil's Jungle Fight, winning over future KSW Middleweight Champion Michal Materla by knockout, which is Materla's only knockout loss of his career to date. Santos then fought against Dutch kickboxer Melvin "No Mercy" Manhoef for the Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Championship. The two fought a highly-entertaining bout, trading punches but Santos ultimately lost after being knocked out. Santos won his next two fights, including a majority decision over future UFC veteran Francis Carmont before making his debut in PRIDE FC.

PRIDE Fighting Championships[edit]

Santos made his debut in Japan's PRIDE FC against submission specialist Kazuhiro Nakamura, losing by a keylock submission. His next fight with the Japanese organization was against Japanese professional boxer Yosuke Nishijima, which Santos won by a rear-naked choke submission.

World Victory Road[edit]

Santos fought again for the Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Championship against James Zikic but lost by unanimous decision. Santos also lost his next fight against Armenian superstar Gegard Mousasi by TKO before making his debut in World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships against Makoto Takimoto, winning by an achilles lock. Santos fought once more for the Japanese organization against future UFC veteran Siyar Bahadurzada, losing by TKO after receiving an arm injury.


Santos made his Strikeforce debut June 19, 2009 and headlined the Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg event, but came up short against former King of the Cage Middleweight Champion Joey Villasenor losing by a split decision. In his next fight, he went on to face and defeat Marius Zaromskis, who battled Nick Diaz for the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Title.

Santos challenged Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz for the title on January 29, 2011 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.[1] He lost the fight via armbar submission in the second round.

Santos was due to fight Paul Daley at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson but was forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.[2] Santos fought Strikeforce newcomer Jordan Mein on September 10, 2011 at Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov. After a grueling back and forth fight "Cyborg" was defeated by Mein via TKO due to Elbows in the third round handing "Cyborg" back to back defeats, Santos has now suffered his fourth loss in his last six fights.

After a long period of inactivity, Santos requested his release from Strikeforce to fight more consistently. His request was granted.

Legacy Fighting Championship[edit]

Santos was expected to face Pete Spratt at Legacy Fighting Championship 17 on February 1, 2013.[3] However, Santos was forced to pull out of the bout due to injury and was replaced by Dan Hornbuckle.[4]

Gringo Super Fight[edit]

Santos made his GSF debut on April 28, 2014, against Melvin Manhoef in a rematch from 2006. Santos, who was knocked out by Manhoef in their first outing, lost to Manhoef again via first round knockout.[5] Santos then announced his retirement shortly after the fight.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Santos has a daughter from a previous relationship, with Cris 'Cyborg' Justino.[7]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19–16 Melvin Manhoef TKO (punches) Gringo Super Fight 10 April 27, 2014 1 0:46 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil For Gringo Super Fight Welterweight Title.
Win 19–15 Elton Rodrigues TKO (punches) Warriors of God August 17, 2013 1 1:37 Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Loss 18–15 Jordan Mein TKO (elbows) Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov September 10, 2011 3 3:18 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Loss 18–14 Nick Diaz Submission (armbar) Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg January 29, 2011 2 4:50 San Jose, California, United States For Strikeforce Welterweight Championship.
Win 18–13 Marius Žaromskis TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Los Angeles June 16, 2010 1 2:38 Los Angeles, California, United States Debut at 170 lb
Win 17–13 Daniel Zarate TKO (head kick and punches) Samurai Fight Combat 2 December 12, 2009 1 1:41 Curitiba, Brazil
Loss 16–13 Joey Villasenor Decision (split) Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg June 19, 2009 3 5:00 Kent, Washington, United States
Loss 16–12 Siyar Bahadurzada TKO (arm injury) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 5 September 28, 2008 1 0:35 Tokyo, Japan
Win 16–11 Makoto Takimoto Submission (achilles lock) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku First Battle March 5, 2008 1 4:51 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 15–11 Gegard Mousasi TKO (punches) HCF: Destiny February 1, 2008 1 3:42 Calgary, Canada Debut at 185 lb
Loss 15–10 James Zikic Decision (unanimous) Cage Rage 21 April 21, 2007 5 5:00 London, England For Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 15–9 Yosuke Nishijima Submission (rear-naked choke) Pride FC - Final Conflict Absolute September 10, 2006 1 3:24 Saitama, Japan
Loss 14–9 Kazuhiro Nakamura Submission (keylock) Pride FC - Critical Countdown Absolute July 1, 2006 1 4:49 Saitama, Japan
Win 14–8 Francis Carmont Decision (majority) WFC: Europe vs Brazil May 20, 2006 3 5:00 Koper, Slovenia
Win 13–8 Roberto Godoi Decision (unanimous) Show Fight 4 April 6, 2006 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Loss 12–8 Melvin Manhoef KO (punches) Cage Rage 15 February 4, 2006 2 3:51 London, England For Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 12–7 Michal Materla KO (punches) Jungle Fight 5 November 26, 2005 2 2:03 Manaus, Brazil
Win 11–7 Darren Little TKO (corner stoppage) Cage Rage 13 September 10, 2005 1 0:55 London, England
Win 10–7 Kassim Annan Submission (stomps and soccer kicks) Meca World Vale Tudo 12 July 9, 2005 1 3:43 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 9–7 Mark Epstein TKO (punches) Cage Rage 11 April 30, 2005 1 2:16 London, England
Loss 8–7 Antony Rea TKO (punches) Cage Rage 10 February 26, 2005 2 1:55 London, England
Loss 8–6 Yuki Kondo Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Brave 10 November 7, 2004 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 8–5 Claudio Godoi TKO (punches) Conquista Fight 1 December 20, 2003 3 2:23 Bahia, Brazil
Win 8–4 Lucas Lopes TKO (punches and leg kick) Jungle Fight 1 September 13, 2003 2 4:08 Manaus, Brazil
Loss 7–4 Mauricio Rua TKO (punches) Meca World Vale Tudo 9 August 1, 2003 1 8:12 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 7–3 Gabriel Santos KO (knee) K-NOCK July 23, 2003 1 1:01 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 6–3 Osami Shibuya KO (punch) Pancrase: Hybrid 5 May 18, 2003 1 1:20 Yokohama, Japan
Win 5–3 Silvio de Souza KO (punch) Meca World Vale Tudo 7 November 8, 2002 1 0:10 Curitiba, Brazil
Loss 4–3 Angelo Araujo TKO (punches) IVC 14: USA vs Brazil November 11, 2001 1 8:46 Caracas, Venezuela
Win 4–2 Jefferson Silva KO (punch) IVC 14: USA vs Brazil November 11, 2001 1 2:28 Caracas, Venezuela
Win 3–2 Aaron Sullivan TKO (punches) IVC 14: USA vs Brazil November 11, 2001 1 0:13 Caracas, Venezuela
Loss 2–2 Jorge Magalhaes Decision (unanimous) Heroes 2 June 30, 2001 1 12:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 2–1 Jose Landi-Jons TKO (punches) BVF 8: Campeonato Brasileiro de Vale Tudo 2 November 20, 1997 1 8:18 Brazil
Win 2–0 Adriano Verdelli Submission (punches) BVF 8: Campeonato Brasileiro de Vale Tudo 2 November 20, 1997 1 1:56 Brazil
Win 1–0 Roberto Pereira Submission (rear-naked choke) BVF 8: Campeonato Brasileiro de Vale Tudo 2 November 20, 1997 1 2:37 Brazil


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