Marlon Sandro

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Marlon Sandro
Born (1977-03-08) March 8, 1977 (age 37)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other names The Gladiator
Residence Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight
Reach 67.0 in (170 cm)
Fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil
Team Nova União
Rank      Second degree Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2006-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 31
Wins 25
By knockout 7
By submission 6
By decision 12
Losses 5
By knockout 2
By decision 3
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Marlon Sandro (born March 8, 1977) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight division of Bellator MMA. He has also competed for Pancrase, Shooto, and World Victory Road. He is the former King of Pancrase Featherweight Champion and former Sengoku Featherweight Champion.

Background[edit]

Sandro is from Morro de Santo Amaro, a famous slum in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Growing up poor, Sandro worked several jobs as a teenager. Before being introduced to Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Sandro had trained in Capoeira and also competed in surfing.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Sandro made his professional MMA debut in November 2004. He fought primarily in his native Brazil, amassing an undefeated streak of 12-0 before debuting for the World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku promotion.

King of Pancrase[edit]

Sandro made is Pancrase debut at Pancrase Rising 9 against Daiki Hata. He won by unanimous decision.

Sandro next fought Miki Shida at Pancrase: Shining 2. He won by KO.

In his next fight Sandro fought for the vacant King of Pancrase Featherweight Championship against Masaya Takita. He won via unanimous decision.

Sengoku[edit]

Sandro participated in World Victory Road's Sengoku Featherweight Championship Tournament, losing by a "must decide" decision in the semi-finals to judo specialist and former UFC veteran Michihiro Omigawa. Scores were 30–30, 30–30, 30–29 Sandro (i.e. majority draw) but the judges with draws selected Omigawa in a "must decide" decision, giving him the "must decide split decision" 2–1.

His challenged Sengoku Featherweight Champion, Masanori Kanehara at World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 13.[2] Sandro won via KO 38 seconds into the first round. Kanehara was sent out of the ring in a stretcher. After the fight Sandro was ranked the No. 5 Featherweight in the world by Sherdog.[3] On a side note, Marlon weighted 166 lbs one week before the fight.

Sandro lost the Sengoku Featherweight Championship to Hatsu Hioki at World Victory Road Presents: Soul of Fight on December 30, 2010 by unanimous decision (49-47, 48-47, 48-47).[4] Hioki dominated nearly every round of the fight, and Sandro was given a yellow card in the first round. Sandro was nearly submitted several times in the final round by a chicken wing armlock, then by an armbar.

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

On February 23, it was announced Sandro had signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator Fighting Championships, and will be competing in their Season Four Tournament fights.[5] Sandro made his debut with the promotion at Bellator 46 against Genair da Silva in his quarterfinal match of the Bellator Fighting Championships: 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament. While a seemingly clear-cut decision win, Sandro won the fight on only two scorecards (via 30-27 and 29-28 scores). A third judge scored the bout 29-28 for da Silva, which resulted in a split decision victory for Sandro.

Sandro faced Nazareno Malegarie in the semifinals at Bellator 47. He dominated Malegarie, and won the fight via unanimous decision.

Sandro fought Pat Curran at Bellator 48 in the finals of the tournament. After controlling the fight with his superior striking, Sandro lost via head kick KO late in the second round.

Sandro rebounded from the first KO loss of his career by submitting fellow Brazilian Rafael Dias in the first round at Bellator 58.

In March 2012, Sandro entered the Bellator Season Six Featherweight Tournament, where he defeated Roberto Vargas by submission in the first round. In the semifinals at Bellator 64, Sandro defeated Alexandre Bezerra via split decision. Sandro faced Daniel Straus in the tournament finals at Bellator 68. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Sandro faced TUF 14 contestant Dustin Neace on November 16, 2012 at Bellator 81. Sandro won the fight via technical submission due to a rear-naked choke in the first round.[6]

Sandro then participated in the Bellator Season Eight Featherweight Tournament at Bellator 88 on February 7, 2013, he faced Akop Stepanyan in the quarterfinal round. Sandro won the fight via majority decision.[7] In the semifinal, Sandro faced Magomedrasul Khasbulaev at Bellator 92 and lost via third-round TKO.[8]

Return To Pancrase[edit]

After a five-year absence, the former King of Pancrase Featherweight Champion returns at Pancrase 252: 20th Anniversary. Sandro took on Yojiro Uchimura. The fight went to a draw.[9]

Bellator return[edit]

On May 9, 2014, over a year since his last fight in Bellator, Sandro faced Chris Horodecki at Bellator 119 in Ontario, Canada.[10] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Arena Combat Cup
    • ACC 1 Featherweight Tournament Winner

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 25–5–1 Chris Horodecki Decision (unanimous) Bellator 119 May 9, 2014 3 5:00 Rama, Ontario Canada
Draw 24–5–1 Yojiro Uchimura Draw (unanimous) Pancrase 252: 20th Anniversary September 29, 2013 3 5:00 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Loss 24–5 Magomedrasul Khasbulaev TKO (punches) Bellator 92 March 7, 2013 3 2:38 Temecula, California, United States Bellator Season Eight Featherweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 24–4 Akop Stepanyan Decision (majority) Bellator 88 February 7, 2013 3 5:00 Duluth, Georgia, United States Bellator Season Eight Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 23–4 Dustin Neace Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 81 November 16, 2012 1 2:05 Kingston, Rhode Island, United States
Loss 22–4 Daniel Straus Decision (unanimous) Bellator 68 May 11, 2012 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator Season Six Featherweight Tournament Final.
Win 22–3 Alexandre Bezerra Decision (split) Bellator 64 April 6, 2012 3 5:00 Windsor, Ontario, Canada Bellator Season Six Featherweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 21–3 Roberto Vargas Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 60 March 9, 2012 1 3:35 Hammond, Indiana, United States Bellator Season Six Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 20–3 Rafael Dias Submission (arm triangle choke) Bellator 58 November 19, 2011 1 3:56 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Loss 19–3 Pat Curran KO (head kick and punches) Bellator 48 August 20, 2011 2 4:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Bellator 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Final.
Win 19–2 Nazareno Malegarie Decision (unanimous) Bellator 47 July 23, 2011 3 5:00 Rama, Ontario, Canada Bellator 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 18–2 Genair da Silva Decision (split) Bellator 46 June 25, 2011 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States Bellator 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Loss 17–2 Hatsu Hioki Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Soul of Fight December 30, 2010 5 5:00 Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan Lost Sengoku Featherweight Championship.
Win 17–1 Masanori Kanehara KO (punch) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 13 June 20, 2010 1 0:38 Sumida, Tokyo, Japan Won Sengoku Featherweight Championship.
Win 16–1 Tomonari Kanomata KO (punch) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 12 March 7, 2010 1 0:09 Sumida, Tokyo, Japan
Win 15–1 Yuji Hoshino KO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 11 November 7, 2009 1 2:33 Sumida, Tokyo, Japan
Loss 14–1 Michihiro Omigawa Decision (split) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9 August 2, 2009 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Sengoku 2009 Featherweight Grand Prix Semifinal; Originally a majority draw.
Win 14–0 Nick Denis KO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 8 May 2, 2009 1 0:19 Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan Sengoku 2009 Featherweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 13–0 Matt Jaggers Submission (standing arm-triangle choke) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 7 March 20, 2009 2 2:57 Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan Sengoku 2009 Featherweight Grand Prix Opening Round.
Win 12–0 Masaya Takita Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Shining 9 October 26, 2008 3 5:00 Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan Won vacant Pancrase Featherweight Championship.
Win 11–0 Miki Shida KO (flying knee and punches) Pancrase: Shining 2 March 26, 2008 2 4:19 Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan
Win 10–0 Daiki Hata Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Rising 9 November 28, 2007 3 5:00 Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–0 Marcos dos Santos Decision (unanimous) Shooto Brazil 3: The Evolution July 7, 2007 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 8–0 William Vianna Decision (unanimous) Shooto: Brazil 2 March 24, 2007 3 5:00 Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 7–0 Erinaldo Rodriguez Decision (unanimous) Shooto Brazil 1: The Return December 3, 2006 3 5:00 Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 6–0 Marcelo Ferreira Decision (unanimous) Minotauro Fights 4 August 4, 2006 3 5:00 Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Win 5–0 Alexandre Aranha KO (punches) Arena Combat Cup 2 November 5, 2005 1 1:20 Brazil
Win 4–0 Fabricio Medeiros Decision (unanimous) Shooto: Brazil 8 April 30, 2005 3 5:00 Brazil
Win 3–0 Orley de Oliveira KO (punches) Shooto: Brazil 7 March 19, 2005 1 0:21 Brazil
Win 2–0 Antonio Carlos Lima Submission (triangle choke) Arena Combat Cup 1 November 6, 2004 2 N/A São Paulo, Brazil ACC 1 Featherweight Tournament Final.
Win 1–0 Tatu Nunes Submission (rear-naked choke) Arena Combat Cup 1 November 6, 2004 1 N/A São Paulo, Brazil ACC 1 Featherweight Tournament Semifinal.

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