Luís Santos (fighter)

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Luís Santos
Born (1980-01-02) January 2, 1980 (age 37)
Belém do Pará, Para, Brazil
Other names Sapo
Residence Deerfield Beach, Florida, United States
Nationality Brazilian
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Reach 72.5 in (184 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Deerfield Beach, Florida, United States
Team American Top Team
Sapo Fight Team
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2000–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 75
Wins 63
By knockout 36
By submission 12
By decision 15
Losses 10
By knockout 4
By submission 3
By decision 3
Draws 1
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Luís Santos (2 January 1980) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division of ONE Championship. A professional competitor since 2000, Santos has also formerly competed for Bellator, the WEC, and the XFC.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Santos made his professional MMA debut in a one-night tournament at Tournament of Gladiators 5 in 2000; he won all three of his fights. Santos amassed a record of 18-0 before suffering his first loss in 2005. Although fighting primarily in his native Brazil, Santos did make his U.S. MMA debut on WEC 34 in 2008.

Santos has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Team Nogueira. He currently teaches and trains at Finney’s MMA in St. Louis, Missouri, but is originally from Belem, Brazil.[2] Before signing with Bellator, Santos was ranked #5 on the Bloody Elbow world MMA scouting report.[3]

Bellator[edit]

In January 2011, it was announced that Santos had signed with Bellator.[2]

Santos debuted for the promotion in the Bellator Season Five Welterweight Tournament. He fought Dan Hornbuckle in the opening round held at Bellator 49 and won the fight via unanimous decision.

Santos lost in the semifinals at Bellator 53 to Ben Saunders via third-round submission.

Santos faced Ryan Ford at Bellator 67. He lost via second-round TKO.

Xtreme Fighting Championships[edit]

Santos faced UFC vet Shamar Bailey at XFC 23 on April 19, 2013. He won the fight via TKO at just over a minute into the first round.

Santos next opponent is Dave Courchaine at XFC 24 on June 14. He won via KO in just ten seconds.

Santos faced Justin Davis at XFC 26: Night of Champions III on October 18, 2013. He won the fight via KO at 0:33 in the first round.[4]

Santos faced Alfredo Morales at XFC International 3 on March 29, 2014. He won via front kick knockout in the third round.[5]

ONE Championship[edit]

Santos faced Bakhtiyar Abbasov at ONE FC: Battle of the Lions on November 7, 2014.[6] He struck Abbasov in the body with a knee causing him to tap out in the first round.

Santos faced Ben Askren in the main event at ONE Championship: Valor of Champions April 24.[7] The fight was ruled "No Contest" after an eye poke from Askren at 2:19 of round 1 rendered Sapo unable to continue.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Santos is married to fellow MMA fighter Carina Damm.[9]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 63–10–1 (1) Zebaztian Kadestam TKO (knees) ONE Championship: Dynasty of Heroes May 26, 2017 3 2:18 Kallang, Singapore back to Welterweight
Win 63–9–1 (1) Igor Svirid Decision (unanimous) ONE Championship: Titles and Titans August 27, 2016 3 5:00 Jakarta, Indonesia Middleweight bout
Win 62–9–1 (1) Rafael Silva TKO (knee and soccer kicks) ONE Championship: Tribe of Warriors February 20, 2016 1 1:17 Jakarta, Indonesia
NC 61–9–1 (1) Ben Askren No Contest (eye poke) ONE Championship: Valor of Champions April 24, 2015 1 2:19 Pasay, Philippines For the ONE Welterweight Championship.
Win 61–9–1 Bakhtiyar Abbasov Submission (knee to body) ONE FC: Battle of the Lions November 7, 2014 1 0:53 Kallang, Singapore
Win 60–9–1 Alfredo Morales KO (front kick) XFC International 3 March 29, 2014 3 1:34 Osasco, São Paulo, Brazil
Win 59–9–1 Edilson Moreira Alves Submission (kneebar) Inka Fighting Championship 24 October 23, 2013 1 3:00 Lima, Peru
Win 58–9–1 Justin Davis KO (head kick and punches) XFC 26: Night of Champions III October 18, 2013 1 0:33 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 57–9–1 Dave Courchaine KO (head kick and punches) XFC 24: Collision Course June 14, 2013 1 0:10 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 56–9–1 Sebastian Latorre TKO (knees and punches) Smash Fight May 3, 2013 1 1:22 Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Win 55–9–1 Shamar Bailey TKO (head kick and punches) XFC 23: Louisville Slugfest April 19, 2013 1 1:02 Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Loss 54–9–1 Ryan Ford TKO (knee and punches) Bellator 67 May 4, 2012 2 1:24 Rama, Ontario, Canada
Loss 54–8–1 Ben Saunders Submission (americana)[10] Bellator 53 October 8, 2011 3 1:45 Miami, Oklahoma, United States Bellator Season Five Welterweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 54–7–1 Dan Hornbuckle Decision (unanimous) Bellator 49 September 10, 2011 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator Season Five Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Draw 53–7–1 Carlos Alexandre Pereira Draw AF: Amazon Fight 8 May 27, 2011 3 5:00 Belém, Brazil
Win 53–7 Nicolae Cury Decision (unanimous) Bellator 45 May 21, 2011 3 5:00 Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA
Win 52–7 Dave Lehr Cochran KO (punch) Rumble Time Promotions: Explosion April 15, 2011 1 0:46 St. Charles, Missouri, USA
Win 51–7 William Dias Decision (unanimous) MSF: Master Super Fight December 10, 2010 3 5:00 Belém, Brazil
Win 50–7 Ivan Jorge KO (knee) AF: Amazon Fight 5 October 8, 2010 1 0:52 Belém, Brazil
Win 49–7 Pedro Irie Submission (arm-triangle choke) AF: Amazon Fight 4 August 13, 2010 2 3:59 Belém, Brazil
Win 48–7 Yuri Fraga KO (punch) AF: Amazon Fight 3 March 13, 2010 1 N/A Belém, Brazil
Win 47–7 Johnny Vigo TKO (punches) AF: Amazon Fight 2 March 4, 2010 2 N/A Belém, Brazil
Win 46–7 Elias Monteiro TKO (punches) NSFC: Naja Super Fight Championship July 7, 2009 3 5:00 Salinopolis, Brazil
Loss 45–7 Adriano Martins Decision (split) HTJ: Hero's The Jungle 3 May 9, 2009 3 5:00 Tokoyo, Japan
Win 45–6 Shelton Arnaldo TKO (punches) SF: Nocaute Super Fight April 19, 2009 1 1:20 Belém, Brazil
Win 44–6 Norberto dos Santos Neres Decision (unanimous) SVT: Super Vale Tudo 4 March 13, 2009 3 5:00 Belém, Brazil
Win 43–6 Wellington Penelva KO (punches) DFC: Dragon Fight Championship November 28, 2008 1 3:00 Castanhal, Brazil
Win 42–6 Predador do Maranhao KO (punches) SF: Super Fight Belem November 8, 2008 1 1:10 Belém, Brazil
Loss 41–6 Daniel Trindade Decision (split) RSF 4: Roraima Show Fight 4 September 14, 2008 3 5:00 Boa Vista, Brazil
Win 41–5 Pedro Paulo de Jesus Decision (unanimous) KJC: The King of Jungle Championship August 28, 2008 3 5:00 Belém, Brazil
Loss 40–5 Alex Serdyukov TKO (corner stoppage) WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver June 1, 2008 1 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 40–4 Carlos Alexandre Fereira Decision (unanimous) MF: Midway Fight December 20, 2007 3 5:00 Belém, Brazil
Win 40–3 Silmar Nunes KO (punches) Badboy: Super Fight Nocaute June 14, 2007 1 N/A Ananindeua, Brazil
Win 39–3 Jorge Patino Decision (unanimous) MF: Midway Fight May 10, 2007 3 5:00 Belém, Brazil
Win 38–3 Rodrigo Ferreira KO (punches) Badboy: Super Fight Nocaute April 12, 2007 1 N/A Ananindeua, Brazil
Win 37–3 Daniel Acacio Decision (unanimous) SDDS: Super Desafio do Sal Vale Tudo April 1, 2007 3 5:00 Salinópolis, Brazil
Win 36–3 Menix Belchoir KO (punch) MF: Midway Fight December 14, 2006 1 4:02 Belém, Brazil
Win 35–3 Shelton Arnaldo TKO (elbows) DDT: Duelo de Titas November 15, 2006 2 3:20 Teresina, Brazil
Win 34–3 Josenildo Rodrigues de Oliveira Decision (unanimous) MF: Midway Fight October 5, 2006 3 5:00 Belém, Brazil
Loss 33–3 Yoshiyuki Yoshida TKO (corner stoppage) Kokoro: Kill Or Be Killed August 15, 2006 1 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 33–2 Andre Ricardo dos Santos Goncalves Decision (unanimous) UCVT: Ultimate Combat Vale Tudo June 29, 2006 3 5:00 Belém, Brazil
Win 32–2 Messias Pai de Santo KO (punches) SVT: Super Vale Tudo 4 June 13, 2006 2 N/A Belém, Brazil
Win 31–2 Celio Santos TKO (doctor stoppage) CDL: Clube da Luta 5 May 28, 2006 1 0:48 Salvador, Brazil
Win 30–2 David Cubas Decision (unanimous) GC 2: El Choque May 12, 2006 3 5:00 Lima, Peru
Win 29–2 Alexandre Nunes Brandao Decision (unanimous) SC: Super Combat April 21, 2006 3 5:00 Capanema, Brazil
Win 28–2 Gabriel Castro KO (knee) RK: Roraima Kombat April 8, 2006 1 1:30 Boa Vista, Brazil
Win 27–2 Claudio do Boxe Submission (rear-naked choke) SDDS: Super Desafio do Sal Vale Tudo December 27, 2005 2 4:32 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 26–2 Aloisio Freitas Neto Decision (unanimous) RC 2: Roraima Combat 2 December 12, 2005 3 5:00 Boa Vista, Brazil
Win 25–2 Ildemar Alcântara Decision (unanimous) MCVT: Mega Combat Vale Tudo October 5, 2005 3 5:00 Belém, Brazil
Win 24–2 Gerson Cordeiro Submission (rear-naked choke) UCVT: Ultimate Combat Vale Tudo September 10, 2005 3 N/A Belém, Brazil
Win 23–2 Edvan Souza TKO (punches) WC: World Combat 4 August 5, 2005 1 2:15 São Luís, Brazil
Win 22–2 Joel Leao KO (punches) SRVT: Super Radikal Vale Tudo July 21, 2005 1 N/A Belém, Brazil
Loss 21–2 Ildemar Alcântara Submission (triangle choke) IMVT: Iron Man Vale Tudo 7 June 11, 2005 2 4:51 Macapá, Brazil
Win 21–1 Ali Negro Submission (armbar) WC: World Combat 3 May 13, 2005 2 3:40 São Luís, Brazil
Win 20–1 Gabriel Castro KO (punches) RC 1: Roraima Combat 1 April 5, 2005 1 N/A Boa Vista, Brazil
Win 19–1 Junior Eladio KO (punches) WC: World Combat 2 March 4, 2005 1 N/A São Luís, Brazil
Win 18–1 Ali Negro KO (punches) UCVT: Ultimate Combat Vale Tudo November 9, 2004 2 2:56 Belém, Brazil
Win 17–1 Marcio Bomba KO (punch) SDDS: Super Desafio do Sal Vale Tudo November 8, 2004 2 3:50 Salinópolis, Brazil
Win 16–1 Savio Maia KO (punch) Desafio: Interestadual Estrela October 8, 2004 2 3:00 Belém, Brazil
Win 15–1 Joao Bosco Technical Submission (triangle choke) Desafio: Physical Vale Tudo June 12, 2004 2 N/A Belém, Brazil
Win 14–1 Rosinaldo Costa KO (punches) Desafio: Physical Vale Tudo April 11, 2004 2 N/A Belém, Brazil
Win 13–1 Magno Preto Submission (armbar) Desafio: Physical Vale Tudo April 11, 2004 2 N/A Belém, Brazil
Loss 12–1 Simao Melo da Silva Submission (punches) IMVT: Iron Man Vale Tudo 2 January 10, 2004 2 N/A Macapa, Amapa, Brazil
Win 12–0 Damian Damian KO (punches) UCVT: Ultimate Combat Vale Tudo September 16, 2003 2 N/A Belém, Brazil
Win 11–0 Luiz Falcão Decision (unanimous) Super Combate: MMA Fight September 13, 2003 3 5:00 Belém, Brazil
Win 10–0 Fabiano Rabugento TKO (body punch) SDDS: Super Desafio do Sal Vale Tudo July 19, 2003 1 3:50 Salinópolis, Brazil
Win 9–0 Alex Karate TKO (punches) NNEVTC: North-Northeast Vale Tudo Championship May 10, 2003 1 3:40 São Luís, Brazil
Win 8–0 Fabio Forca Submission (rear-naked choke) FCVT: Fort Combat Vale Tudo April 5, 2003 1 N/A Macapa, Amapa, Brazil
Win 7–0 Wellington Geraldo de Oliveira KO (punches) SVT: Super Vale Tudo 3 February 14, 2003 1 N/A Belém, Brazil
Win 6–0 Claudio do Boxe Submission (rear-naked choke) Badboy: Acai Fight March 16, 2002 1 3:50 Macapa, Amapa, Brazil
Win 5–0 Claudio Indio Guerreiro Submission (armbar) IPF: I Piaui Fight June 10, 2001 1 3:50 Brazil
Win 4–0 Ronaldo Marcio Azevedo TKO (punches) Badboy: Rider de Vale Tudo November 1, 2000 1 4:30 Belém, Brazil
Win 3–0 Rerison Araujo Submission (rear-naked choke) TOF: Tournament of Gladiators 5 March 10, 2000 1 4:30 Nova Friburgo, Brazil
Win 2–0 Montanha Cavaliera KO (punches) TOF: Tournament of Gladiators 5 March 10, 2000 1 4:00 Nova Friburgo, Brazil
Win 1–0 Felix Osares KO (punches) TOF: Tournament of Gladiators 5 March 10, 2000 1 3:40 Nova Friburgo, Brazil

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Luis Santos' profile". tapology.com. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  2. ^ a b "‘Sapo’ Santos Signs with Bellator". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  3. ^ "World MMA Welterweight Scouting Report: #5 - Luis "Sapo" Santos". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  4. ^ "XFC 26 - Night of Champions 3". Sherdog.com. 
  5. ^ "XFCI - XFC International 3". Sherdog.com. 
  6. ^ "ONE FC 22 - Battle of Lions". Sherdog.com. 
  7. ^ "Ben Askren vs Luis Santos at ONE: Valor of Champions". 
  8. ^ Jack Bratcher (April 24, 2015). "ONE: Valor of Champions full results; Askren retains title against veteran Santos due to No Contest". prommanow.com. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Carina Damm: "She Has Two Arms Just Like Me"". Fighthype.com. 2011-03-10. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  10. ^ http://www.graciemag.com/2011/10/meanwhile-giva-subs-another-one-at-bellator/

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