Leonardo Santos (fighter)
|Born||February 5, 1980|
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Residence||Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil|
|Rank||4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Wendell Alexander|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Men's Submission Wrestling|
|ADCC World Championship|
|2001 Abu Dhabi||-77kg|
|Men's Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|World Jiu-Jitsu Championship|
|2001 Rio de Janeiro||-77kg (Black)|
|2000 Rio de Janeiro||-77kg (Black)|
Leonardo Silva dos Santos (born February 5, 1980) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2002, he has formerly competed for World Victory Road, BAMMA, and was the winner of the The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 welterweight tournament.
Early life and BJJ
Santos was born on February 5, 1980 in Rio de Janeiro. His brother is MMA fighter Wagnney Fabiano. He started training Jiu Jitsu when he was 5 years old under the legendary trainer Wendell Alexander (Co-Founder of Nova Uniao) in Vila da penha (Rio de Janeiro) at the Mello Tenis Club. Although Santos as a kid had other interests (mainly soccer) and didn’t enjoy training all that much but he felt obliged to train as his older cousin and brother were avid Jiu Jitsu practitioners. With time Santos started enjoying the benefits of Jiu Jitsu and also started enjoying the BJJ routine, success in BJJ Comps came with this new found love for the martial art.
In 1995 Mr. Alexander (Leo’s Coach) joined with Dedé Pederneiras to make Nova Uniao, one of the strongest teams in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu the world had seen, and Leo Santos soon was one of Nova Uniao’s star competitors.
In 2002 Santos stopped competing at the Mundial (CBJJ World Championships) as this competition did not offer prize money to its competitors. This was something that a lot of fighters pressed for and which catapulted the rise of CBJJO. Santos started competing in CBJJO’s tournaments only (with gi) and was undefeated for over 5 years in that organization.
Mixed martial arts career
Early career, Shooto and Sengoku
Santos make his MMA debut against rising undefeated Japanese superstar Takanori Gomi, who at the time was the Shooto World Welterweight (154 lb) Champion. The fight ended with a Majority Decision win for Gomi.
After this bout Santos returned to BJJ full-time, winning the World Cup Championship 4 times between 2002 and 2005. In 2006 after a short time helping his brother Wagnney with his academy in Canada, Leonardo started dedicating himself fully to MMA. He compiled an 8–3 record with major promotions like Shooto and World Victory Road.
Santos was scheduled to face Rob Sinclair at BAMMA 7, however he pulled out of the fight, refusing to fly over from Paris as he knew he would not make weight and knew he would not be able make the full amount of money from competing anyway.
The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil
In March 2013, it was revealed that Santos was a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2. He won his elimination fight to get into the TUF house, defeating Luciano Contini by TKO in round 1. He was chosen to be a member of Team Nogueira. Over the course of the show, Santos defeated Juliano Wandalen and Thiago Santos both by unanimous decision to reach the semifinals. In the semifinals, he lost to Santiago Ponzinibbio by unanimous decision. However, Ponzinibbio broke his hand during this semifinal fight and was replaced by Santos in the finals against William Macário. This semifinal-round fight with Ponzinibbio, however, was picked as the Fight of the Season, and both welterweights picked up a $25,000 bonus.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Santos fought Macário in the finals on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10. After a strong first round by Macário, Santos rallied and won via submission in the second round to become the tournament winner.
Santos was expected to face Matt Wiman on March 21, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 62. However, Wiman was forced out of the bout on February 11 with a back injury and was replaced by Tony Martin. He won the fight by submission in the second round.
Santos faced Stevie Ray on June 1, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 153. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. The win also earned Santos his second Performance of the Night bonus award.
Santos has a son, Pedro.
Championships and accomplishments
- World Championships IBJJF
- 4x World Cup Champion (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
- Silver World Medalist (2001 Black Belt Division)
- Bronze World Medalist (2000 Black Belt Division)
- ADCC Bronze Medalist (2001)
- ADCC Brazilian Trial Champion (2005)
- 4th Place in the ADCC Finals (2005)
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|22 matches||18 wins||3 losses|
|Win||18–3–1||Roman Bogatov||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 251||July 12, 2020||3||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Bogatov was deducted two points in round 3 after multiple illegal infractions.|
|Win||17–3–1||Stevie Ray||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Smith||June 1, 2019||1||2:17||Stockholm, Sweden||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||16–3–1||Adriano Martins||Decision (split)||UFC 204||October 8, 2016||3||5:00||Manchester, England|
|Win||15–3–1||Kevin Lee||TKO (punches)||UFC 194||December 12, 2015||1||3:26||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||14–3–1||Anthony Rocco Martin||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare||March 21, 2015||2||2:29||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||13–3–1||Efrain Escudero||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski||September 13, 2014||3||5:00||Brasília, Brazil|
|Draw||12–3–1||Norman Parke||Draw (majority)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2||March 23, 2014||3||5:00||Natal, Brazil||Return to Lightweight. Parke was deducted one point for grabbing Santos' shorts.|
|Win||12–3||William Macário||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum||June 8, 2013||2||4:43||Fortaleza, Brazil||Won The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 Welterweight Tournament.|
|Win||11–3||Mark Holst||Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Cage Warriors Fight Night 7||September 1, 2012||1||1:14||Amman, Jordan|
|Win||10–3||Gilmar da Silva||Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Shooto: Brazil 28||March 10, 2012||1||1:47||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||9–3||Jason Ball||Decision (unanimous)||BAMMA 6: Watson vs. Rua||May 21, 2011||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||8–3||Sotaro Yamada||DQ (knees to the groin)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 14||August 22, 2010||1||3:56||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||7–3||Kiuma Kunioku||Submission (rear-naked choke)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 12||March 7, 2010||1||3:06||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||6–3||Kazunori Yokota||Decision (split)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 8||May 2, 2009||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–2||Danilo Noronha||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Shooto: Brazil 10||January 17, 2009||1||3:20||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||5–2||Corey Edwards||KO (head kick)||Shooto: Brazil 9||November 28, 2008||1||1:21||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Win||4–2||Alan Lopes||Submission (triangle choke)||Shooto: Brazil 8||August 30, 2008||1||2:10||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||3–2||Christian Lopez||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Shooto: Brazil 7||June 28, 2008||1||0:40||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||2–2||Rafael Bastos||Decision||MTL: Mo Team League 2||July 29, 2007||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Loss||1–2||Jean Silva||KO (punch)||Super Challenge 1||October 7, 2006||1||1:12||Barueri, Brazil|
|Win||1–1||Gabriel Moraes||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Guarafight 3||August 12, 2006||1||N/A||Guarapari, Brazil|
|Loss||0–1||Takanori Gomi||Decision (majority)||Shooto: Treasure Hunt 7||June 29, 2002||3||5:00||Sakai, Japan||Lightweight debut.|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|4 matches||3 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||3–1||Santiago Ponzinibbio||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2||N/A (airdate)||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil||Semi-finals bout.|
|Win||3–0||Thiago Santos||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2||N/A (airdate)||2||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil||Quarter-finals bout.|
|Win||2–0||Márcio Santos||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2||N/A (airdate)||2||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil||Preliminary bout.|
|Win||1–0||Luciano Contini||TKO (finger injury)||The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2||March 17, 2013 (airdate)||1||N/A||São Paulo, Brazil||TUF: Brazil 2 house entry bout.|
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