March 8, 1977 |
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Other names||The Gladiator|
|Residence||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||67.0 in (170 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Rank||Second degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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.
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.
Mixed martial arts career
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
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.
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. 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. 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). 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
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. 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.
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 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. In the semifinal, Sandro faced Magomedrasul Khasbulaev at Bellator 92 and lost via third-round TKO.
Return To Pancrase
Next Sandro fought the current King of Pancrase Lightweight Champion in a Featherweight bout in the main event of Pancrase 266, but came up short losing by split decision.
Championships and accomplishments
- Bellator Fighting Championships
- World Victory Road
- Sengoku Featherweight Championship (One time)
- Sengoku 2009 Featherweight Grand Prix Semifinalist
- Arena Combat Cup
- ACC 1 Featherweight Tournament Winner
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|33 matches||25 wins||6 losses|
|Draw||24–5–2||Soo Chul Kim||Draw (unanimous)||Road FC 025||August 22, 2015||3||5:00||Wonju, South Korea|
|Loss||25-6-1||Isao Kobayashi||Decision (split)||Pancrase 266||April 26, 2015||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|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||Koto, Tokyo, Japan||Lost Sengoku Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||17–1||Masanori Kanehara||KO (punch)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 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 Raiden Championships 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||Koto, 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||Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||10–0||Daiki Hata||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: Rising 9||November 28, 2007||3||5:00||Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–0||Marcos dos Santos||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto Brazil 3: The Evolution||July 7, 2007||3||5:00||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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- "Ryo Kawamura Smashes Kazuo Takahashi in Pancrase 20th Anniversary Headliner". Sherdog.com. September 29, 2013.
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