Thiago Santos (middleweight fighter)

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Thiago Santos
Born (1984-01-07) January 7, 1984 (age 33)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other names Marreta
Residence Rio de Janeiro, United States
Nationality Brazilian
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 76.0 in (193 cm)[2]
Fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Team TATA FIGHT TEAM
Rank Black belt in Muay Thai[1]
Green rope in Capoeira[1]
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Years active 2010-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 19
Wins 14
By knockout 9
By submission 1
By decision 4
Losses 5
By knockout 2
By submission 2
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Thiago Santos de Lima[3] is a mixed martial artist fighting in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He gained entrance into the UFC by competing on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Before starting MMA, Santos trained in capoeira for eight years and was a Brazilian army paratrooper.[1]

He made his professional MMA debut in October 2010. Before joining the The Ultimate Fighter, he amassed a record of 8 wins and only 1 loss.[1]

The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil[edit]

In March 2013, it was announced that Santos was part of the cast of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2.[4]

In the opening round, Santos defeated Gil Freitas by majority decision to get into the TUF house. He was the last pick when it came to the coaches' pick, ending up on Team Werdum. In the elimination round, Santos first faced Pedro Iriê and won by unanimous decision. In the quarterfinals, he faced eventual season winner Leonardo Santos and lost via unanimous decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Despite not winning the show, Santos was signed to a contract by the UFC. He made his debut on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163 against The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil winner Cezar Ferreira.[5] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

For his second fight with the promotion, Santos faced Ronny Markes on March 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2. He won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Santos faced Uriah Hall at UFC 175.[6] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Santos next faced Andy Enz on January 30, 2015 at UFC 183.[7] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Santos faced promotional newcomer Steve Bossé on June 27, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 70.[8] He won the fight by knockout in the first round and earned a Performance of the Night bonus.[9][10]

Santos faced Elias Theodorou on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80.[11] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[12]

Santos faced Nate Marquardt on May 14, 2016 at UFC 198.[13] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[14]

Santos fought Gegard Mousasi on July 9, 2016 at UFC 200, filling in for an injured Derek Brunson.[15] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[16]

Santos fought Eric Spicely on September 24, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 95.[17] In a large upset, he lost the fight by submission in the first round.[18]

Santos faced Jack Marshman on February 19, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 105.[19] He won the fight via TKO in the second round due to a combination of a spinning heel kick and punches and picked up a Performance of the Night bonus award.[20]

Santos is expected to face Gerald Meerschaert on July 8, 2017 at UFC 213.[21]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 14–5 Jack Marshman TKO (spinning heel kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne February 19, 2017 2 2:21 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Performance of the Night.
Loss 13–5 Eric Spicely Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg September 24, 2016 1 2:58 Brasília, Brazil
Loss 13–4 Gegard Mousasi KO (punches) UFC 200 July 9, 2016 1 4:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–3 Nate Marquardt KO (punches) UFC 198 May 14, 2016 1 3:39 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 12–3 Elias Theodorou Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant December 10, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–3 Steve Bossé KO (head kick) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Romero June 27, 2015 1 0:29 Hollywood, Florida, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 10–3 Andy Enz TKO (body kick and punches) UFC 183 January 31, 2015 1 1:56 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 9–3 Uriah Hall Decision (unanimous) UFC 175 July 5, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–2 Ronny Markes TKO (body kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2 March 23, 2014 1 0:53 Natal, Brazil
Loss 8–2 Cezar Ferreira Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 163 August 3, 2013 1 0:41 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 8–1 Denis Figueira TKO (head kick and punches) Watch Out Combat Show 20 July 27, 2012 1 N/A Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 7–1 Vicente Luque TKO (punches) Spartan MMA 2012 April 28, 2012 1 N/A São Luís, Brazil
Win 7–0 Junior Vidal TKO (punches) Watch Out Combat Show 18 March 3, 2012 1 N/A Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 6–0 Eneas Souza Submission (rear-naked choke) Watch Out Combat Show 17 December 27, 2011 3 2:50 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 5–0 Marcos Viggiani Decision (unanimous) Spartan MMA 2011 November 26, 2011 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 4–0 Rafael Braga TKO (punches) Explosion Fight August 13, 2011 1 N/A Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 3–0 Mauricio Chueke Decision (unanimous) Watch Out Combat Show 14 July 23, 2011 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 2–0 Gabriel Barreiro TKO (retirement) Senna Fight April 16, 2011 2 1:53 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 1–0 Guilherme Benedito Decision (unanimous) Watch Out Combat Show 10 October 10, 2010 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 2–2 Leonardo Santos Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 N/A (airdate) 2 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil Quarter-finals bout.
Win 2–1 Pedro Iriê Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 N/A (airdate) 2 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil Wild card bout.
Loss 1–1 William Macário Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 N/A (airdate) 2 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil Preliminary bout.
Win 1–0 Gil Freitas Decision (majority) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 March 17, 2013 (airdate) 2 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil TUF: Brazil 2 house entry bout.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Thiago Santos - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 175 Weidman vs. Machida". UFC.com. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/boxingnvgov/content/results/2015_Results/12-10-15MMA.pdf
  4. ^ "TUF: Brazil 2 debuts on March 17 with Brazil's top 28 welterweights". TUF.tv. March 7, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  6. ^ "UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  7. ^ "UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2014-09-25. 
  8. ^ Elias Cepeda (2015-04-29). "Steve Bosse scheduled to make UFC debut in June against Thiago Santos". foxsports. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  9. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-06-27). "UFC Fight Night 70 results: Thiago Santos flattens Steve Bosse in 29 seconds". mmajunkie. Retrieved 2015-06-27. 
  10. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2015-06-27). "UFC Fight Night Bonuses: Romero, Larkin, Ponzinibbio, and Santos pocket $50K Awards". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-06-27. 
  11. ^ Staff (2015-09-13). "Elias Theodorou meets Thiago 'Marreta' Santos at UFC Fight Night 80". mmajunkie. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  12. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-12-10). "UFC Fight Night 80 results: Thiago Santos dominates Elias Theodorou late". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  13. ^ Staff (2016-02-03). "Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago 'Marreta' Santos booked for UFC 198 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  14. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-05-14). "UFC 198 results: Thiago 'Marreta' Santos crumples Nate Marquardt with brutal flurry". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  15. ^ Mookie Alexander (2016-06-19). "Report: With Brunson out, Thiago Santos fights Gegard Mousasi at UFC 200". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  16. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-07-11). "UFC 200 results: Gegard Mousasi crushes Thiago 'Marreta' Santos for first-round knockout". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-11. 
  17. ^ Staff (2016-08-14). "Thiago 'Marreta' Santos vs. Eric Spiceley heads to UFC Fight Night 95 in Brasilia". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-14. 
  18. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-09-24). "UFC Fight Night 95 results: Eric Spicely stuns Brasilia, submits 8-1 favorite Thiago 'Marreta' Santos". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  19. ^ Lucas Rezende (2016-12-07). "Santos vs. Marshman set for UFC Halifax". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2016-12-07. 
  20. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2017-02-19). "UFC Fight Night 105 Bonuses: Lewis, Browne, Felder, Santos pocket $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  21. ^ Staff (2017-05-03). "Gerald Meerschaert meets Thiago 'Marreta' Santos at UFC 213 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  22. ^ "PENICK: 2015 Mid-Year MMA Awards - Knockout of the Year (So Far)". 

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