|Born||12 December 1977|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||176 lb (80 kg)|
|Reach||72 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Team||Chute Boxe Academy|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Cristiano Marcello|
|Years active||1997–2014, 2015–2016|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable relatives||Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (divorced)|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Evangelista Santos (Portuguese pronunciation: [evɐ̃ʒeˈlistɐ ˈsɐ̃tus] born December 12, 1977) is a retired Brazilian mixed martial artist. A professional from 1997 until 2016, Santos competed for Strikeforce, Bellator MMA, the PRIDE Fighting Championships, Cage Rage, International Vale Tudo Championships, Pancrase, Jungle Fight, Legacy FC, and World Victory Road. Known for his exciting fighting style, 24 of his 39 career bouts ended via knockout.
Born and raised in the city of Rondonopolis, Santos did not have a particularly safe upbringing; at the age of 12, he was introduced to cockfighting, which was popular and not yet illegal in Brazil. After training and taking care of fighting roosters for five more years, he began training in kickboxing which eventually led him to vale tudo at the age of 18.
Mixed martial arts career
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
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
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. 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. 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
Santos was expected to face Pete Spratt at Legacy Fighting Championship 17 on February 1, 2013. However, Santos was forced to pull out of the bout due to injury and was replaced by Dan Hornbuckle.
After nearly two years away from the sport, Santos returned to face Artenas Young in the main event during Legacy Fighting Championship 50 on January 22, 2016. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
Gringo Super Fight
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. Santos then announced his retirement shortly after the fight.
On March 1, 2016, it was announced that Santos signed a multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA.
Santos made his organizational debut April 22 on the main card of Bellator 153 in a welterweight matchup beating Brennan Ward via first round submission.
Making a quick turnaround, Santos agreed to fight Saad Awad at Bellator 154 on May 14, 2016 but lost.
Santos retired in January 2017. He spent a year coaching in Curibita, Brazil. In early 2018 he returned to the USA and is coaching in his own gym in Texas. In August 2018 Santos confirmed he had no plans to return to competition.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|39 matches||21 wins||18 losses|
|Loss||21–18||Michael Page||KO (flying knee)||Bellator 158||July 16, 2016||2||4:31||London, United Kingdom|
|Loss||21–17||Saad Awad||TKO (punches)||Bellator 154||May 14, 2016||1||4:31||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||21–16||Brennan Ward||Submission (heel hook)||Bellator 153||April 22, 2016||1||0:30||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||20–16||Artenas Young||Decision (unanimous)||Legacy FC 50||January 22, 2016||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|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, United Kingdom||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 (americana)||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, United Kingdom||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, United Kingdom|
|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, United Kingdom|
|Loss||8–7||Antony Rea||TKO (punches)||Cage Rage 10||February 26, 2005||2||1:55||London, United Kingdom|
|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||Maurício 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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- "Evangelista 'Cyborg' Santos retires from MMA following quick loss to Melvin Manhoef". bloodyelbow.com. 2014-05-08.
- "MMA Fighter's Horrific Skull Injury Prompts Ex-Wife To Ask For Help (Graphic Images)". huffingtonpost.com. 2016-07-18.
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