Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

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Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
Born (1986-11-12) November 12, 1986 (age 33)
Francisco Beltrao, Parana, Brazil[1]
Other namesCapoeira
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight77 kg (170 lb; 12 st 2 lb)
StyleMuay Thai, BJJ, Capoeira
Fighting out ofCuritiba, Parana, Brazil[2]
TeamCM System
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Cristiano Marcello[3]
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout14
By submission3
By decision5
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (born November 12, 1986) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. He was the former Jungle Fight welterweight champion in Brazil[4] and currently competes in welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[1]


Zaleski was born in Francisco Beltrao, Parana, Brazil. He grew up training Capoeira at age of nine. Zaleski transitioned to MMA at age 20 and started competing professionally soon after.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Zaleski started his MMA career on November 8, 2009, and he fought for many promoters notably Jungle Fight, Smash and Amazon Fight in Brazil. He was the former Jungle Fight welterweight champion and he amassed a record of 14–4 with 13 finishes and 1 decision prior joining UFC.[5]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Zaleski made his promotional debut on May 30, 2015, at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves against Nicolas Dalby.[6] Zaleski outstruck Dalby as he landed 16 more significant strikes, but judges handed the victory via split decision to Dalby as he successfully took Zaleski down six times.[7][8]

He faced Omari Akhmedov on his next fight at UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans on April 16, 2016.[4] He won the fight and claimed his first UFC win via knockout in the third round.[9][10] The fight earned him his first Fight of the Night bonus award.[11]

On October 1, 2016, Zaleski returned to face Keita Nakamura at UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson. After three rounds of fighting, he won the fight via unanimous decision with the score board of (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).[12]

Zaleski faced Lyman Good, former Bellator and CFFC champion, on July 22, 2017, at UFC on Fox: Weidman vs. Gastelum.[13] He won the back-and-forth fight by split decision.[14] The fight also earned him his second Fight of the Night bonus award.[15]

Zaleski faced Max Griffin on October 28, 2017, at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida.[16] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[17][18] The win also earned him his third Fight of the Night bonus award.[19]

Zaleski was expected to face Jack Marshman on March 17, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 127.[20] However, on February 19, 2018, it was announced that Zaleski pulled out of the fight, citing a knee injury.[21] He was replaced by Brad Scott[22]

Zaleski faced Sean Strickland on May 12, 2018, at UFC 224.[23] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[24]

Zaleski was scheduled to meet Belal Muhammad on September 22, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 137.[25] However, on September 14, 2018 Muhammad was pulled from the bout and he was replace by newcomer Luigi Vendramini.[26] He won the fight via knockout in round two.[27]

Zaleski was scheduled to face Li Jingliang on November 25, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 141.[28] However on October 27, 2018, it was reported that Zaleski withdrew from the bout due to a partial ligament tear in his right knee.[29]

Zaleski faced Curtis Millender on March 9, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 146.[30] He won the fight via submission in the first round.[31]

Zaleski was expected to face Neil Magny on May 18, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 151.[32] However, on March 28, 2019 dos Santos announced that he had not been contacted by the UFC about the match.[33]

A pairing with Li Jingliang was rescheduled and took place on August 31, 2019, at UFC on ESPN+ 15.[34] He lost the fight via technical knockout in round three.[35]

As the last fight of his prevailing contract, Zaleski faced Alexey Kunchenko on March 14, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 170.[36][37] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[38]

As the first fight of his new, four-fight contract, Zaleski faced Muslim Salikhov on July 11, 2020 at UFC 251.[39][40] He lost the fight via a split decision.[41]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Personal life[edit]

His moniker "Capoeira” was coined as he started his combat sport in Capoeira.[1]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
29 matches 22 wins 7 losses
By knockout 14 1
By submission 3 2
By decision 5 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 22–7 Muslim Salikhov Decision (split) UFC 251 July 12, 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 22–6 Alexey Kunchenko Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Lee vs. Oliveira March 14, 2020 3 5:00 Brasília, Brazil
Loss 21–6 Li Jingliang TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Zhang August 31, 2019 3 4:51 Shenzhen, China
Win 21–5 Curtis Millender Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. dos Santos March 9, 2019 1 2:36 Wichita, Kansas, United States
Win 20–5 Luigi Vendramini KO (flying knee and punches) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders September 22, 2018 2 1:20 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 19–5 Sean Strickland KO (spinning wheel kick and punches) UFC 224 May 12, 2018 1 3:40 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 18–5 Max Griffin Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida October 28, 2017 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil Fight of the Night.
Win 17–5 Lyman Good Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Weidman vs. Gastelum July 22, 2017 3 5:00 Uniondale, New York, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 16–5 Keita Nakamura Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson October 1, 2016 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 15–5 Omari Akhmedov TKO (knees and punches) UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans April 16, 2016 3 3:03 Tampa, Florida, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 14–5 Nicolas Dalby Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves May 30, 2015 3 5:00 Goiânia, Brazil
Win 14–4 Eduardo Ramon Submission (rear-naked choke) Jungle Fight 75 December 18, 2014 2 2:07 Belém, Brazil Defended the Jungle Fight Welterweight Championship.
Win 13–4 Itamar Rosa KO (punches) Jungle Fight 71 July 19, 2014 1 1:59 São Paulo, Brazil Won the vacant Jungle Fight Welterweight Championship.
Win 12–4 Rodrigo Souza KO (punches) Jungle Fight 65 February 2, 2014 2 2:57 Bahia, Brazil
Win 11–4 Josenildo Ramalho KO (punches) Jungle Fight 59 October 12, 2013 1 2:42 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 10–4 Guilherme Vasconcelos Submission (rear-naked choke) Jungle Fight 54 June 29, 2013 2 2:20 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 10–3 Ricardo Silva KO (punches) Smash Fight May 3, 2013 1 1:16 Curitiba, Brazil Welterweight Tournament Final.
Win 9–3 Gilmar Dutra Lima KO (punch) Smash Fight May 3, 2013 1 0:27 Curitiba, Brazil Welterweight Tournament Semifinal.
Loss 8–3 Franklin Jensen Decision (unanimous) Sparta MMA September 29, 2012 3 5:00 Itajai, Brazil
Win 8–2 Misael Chamorro Submission (rear-naked choke) Beltrão Combat May 19, 2012 2 1:35 Francisco Beltrão, Brazil
Loss 7–2 Viscardi Andrade Submission (rear-naked choke) Max Fight 11 March 17, 2012 2 1:27 São Paulo, Brazil
Loss 7–1 José de Ribamar Decision (split) Amazon Fight 10 December 7, 2011 3 5:00 Belém, Brazil
Win 7–0 Jackson Pontes TKO (punches) Max Fight 10 November 10, 2011 1 2:42 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 6–0 João Paulo Prado TKO (retirement) Vale Fighting Championship August 6, 2011 2 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 5–0 Misael Chamorro TKO (punches) Big Bold's Night November 13, 2010 1 N/A Cascavel, Brazil
Win 4–0 Dyego Roberto TKO (body kick) Samurai Fight Combat 3 April 25, 2010 3 4:16 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 3–0 Christian Tide Squeti Decision (split) Londrina Fight Show 1 December 13, 2009 3 5:00 Londrina, Brazil
Win 2–0 Wellington Morgenstern KO (punches) B33 Fight 8 November 15, 2009 1 0:00 Ponta Grossa, Brazil
Win 1–0 Douglas Jandozo KO (punches) G1: Open Fight 7 November 8, 2009 1 3:03 Joaquim Tavora, Brazil


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Elizeu Zaleski ("Capoeira") | MMA Fighter Page | Tapology". Tapology. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  3. ^ "Interview: Elizeu Capoeira explains the jiu-jitsu detail that gave him the win at UFC Wichita". graciemag.com. March 14, 2019.
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  6. ^ "Nicolas Dalby vs Elizeu "Capoeira" reportedly set for UFC Fight Night 67". SevereMMA.com - UFC, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Irish MMA. 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
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  8. ^ Mazique, Brian. "UFC Fight Night 67 Results: Winners, Scorecards from Condit vs. Alves Fight Card". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
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  23. ^ Marcelo Barone (2018-03-23). "Elizeu Capoeira faces Sean Strickland at UFC Rio in May". sportv.globo.com (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-03-23.
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  25. ^ "Belal Muhammad vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos added to UFC Fight Night 137 in Brazil". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-13. Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  26. ^ "Undefeated newcomer Luigi Vendramini replaces Belal Muhammad at UFC Sao Paulo". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  27. ^ "UFC Sao Paulo results: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos wins sixth straight, calls out Robbie Lawler". MMAjunkie. 2018-09-22. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
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  41. ^ Fuentes, Jon (2020-07-11). "UFC 251 Results: Muslim Salikhov Takes Close Decision Over Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
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