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Thiago Santos
BornThiago de Lima Santos[1]
(1984-01-07) January 7, 1984 (age 40)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionLight heavyweight (2018–present)
Middleweight (2013–2018)
Welterweight (2010–2012)
Reach76 in (193 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofRio de Janeiro, Brazil
TeamAmerican Top Team
TATA Fight Team
RankGreen rope in Capoeira[4]
Black belt in Muay Thai[4]
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[5]
Years active2010–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout15
By submission1
By decision6
By knockout5
By submission3
By decision5
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Thiago de Lima Santos (born January 7, 1984) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Light Heavyweight division in the Professional Fighters League (PFL).[6] Prior to signing with the PFL, Santos competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the Light Heavyweight and Middleweight divisions, and he challenged for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship once in July 2019. A professional competitor since 2010, he gained entrance into the UFC by competing on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2.


Santos was born into a poverty-stricken family in Rio de Janeiro.[7] In early childhood, he suffered from an undiagnosed disease that spawned growing cysts in his stomach, but which were surgically removed.[7] In one of the occasional floods in his city, Santos' family lost their belongings and after a period of homelessness, they settled in the notorious neighborhood of Cidade de Deus.[7] Santos' father died just days after his mixed martial arts debut in 2010.[7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Before starting MMA, Santos trained in capoeira for eight years and was a Brazilian army paratrooper.[4]

He made his professional MMA debut in October 2010.[4] Before joining The Ultimate Fighter, he had a record of 8 wins and only 1 loss.

The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil[edit]

In March 2013, it was announced that Santos was part of the cast of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Santos next faced Andy Enz on January 30, 2015, at UFC 183.[11] 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.[12] He won the fight by knockout in the first round and earned a Performance of the Night bonus.[13][14]

Santos faced Elias Theodorou on December 10, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 80.[15] He won the fight by unanimous decision (29–28, 29–27, and 29–27).[16]

Santos faced Nate Marquardt on May 14, 2016, at UFC 198.[17] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[18]

Santos fought Gegard Mousasi on July 9, 2016, at UFC 200, filling in for an injured Derek Brunson.[19] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[20]

Santos fought Eric Spicely on September 24, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 95.[21] In a large upset, he lost the fight by submission in the first round.[22]

Santos faced Jack Marshman on February 19, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 105.[23] 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.[24]

Santos faced Gerald Meerschaert on July 8, 2017, at UFC 213.[25] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[26]

Santos was briefly linked to a bout with promotional newcomer Michał Materla on October 21, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 118.[27] However, it was revealed on 1 September that Materla had reneged on his agreement with the UFC and was re-signing with the Polish regional promotion KSW.[28] In turn, Santos was removed from the card and faced Jack Hermansson a week later at UFC Fight Night 119.[29] He won the fight via technical knock out in round one.[30]

Santos faced Anthony Smith on February 3, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 125.[31] He won the fight via technical knockout in round two.[32] This win earned him the Fight of the Night bonus.[33]

Santos faced David Branch on April 21, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 128.[34] He lost the fight via knockout in round one.[35]

Santos faced promotional newcomer Kevin Holland on August 4, 2018, at UFC 227.[36] He won the fight by unanimous decision (29–27, 29–27, and 29–26).[37]

Move to Light Heavyweight[edit]

Santos was scheduled to face Jimi Manuwa in a light heavyweight bout on September 22, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 137, replacing injured Glover Teixeira.[38] Manuwa would also pull out of the bout on September 16, 2018 due to a torn hamstring and he was replaced by Eryk Anders.[39] Santos defeated Anders via referee stoppage TKO when Anders failed to make it to his corner at the conclusion of round three.[40] This win earned him the Fight of the Night award.[41]

Santos faced Jimi Manuwa on December 8, 2018, at UFC 231.[42] He won by KO on early 2nd round.[43] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award and tied for most bout in a calendar year with 5.[44]

Santos faced Jan Błachowicz on February 23, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 145.[45] He won the fight by TKO in the third round.[46] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[47]

After going undefeated at 3–0 in Light Heavyweight bouts, Santos challenged Jon Jones for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship in the main event at UFC 239 on July 6, 2019.[48] He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[49] Despite the loss, Santos was the first fighter in MMA history to win a judge's scorecard against Jones.[50] During the fight he sustained a torn left ACL, PCL, MCL, meniscus, and cracked tibia along with a partially torn right meniscus.[51][52]

Santos was scheduled to Glover Teixeira on September 12, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 177.[53] However, due to Teixeira tested positive for COVID-19 a week prior to the bout, the pair was rescheduled to fight on October 4, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Holm vs. Aldana.[54] In turn, on September 15, the bout was postponed again as Santos himself tested positive for the virus.[55] The pairing with Teixeira eventually took place on November 7, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Santos vs. Teixeira.[56] Despite nearly finishing Teixeira on a couple occasions. Santos lost the fight via submission in round three.[57]

Santos faced Aleksandar Rakić on March 6, 2021 at UFC 259.[58] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[59]

Santos faced Johnny Walker on October 2, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 193.[60] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[61]

Santos faced Magomed Ankalaev on March 12, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 203.[62] He lost the bout via unanimous decision.[63]

Santos faced Jamahal Hill on August 6, 2022 at UFC on ESPN 40.[64] He lost the fight via technical knockout.[65] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[66]

Professional Fighters League[edit]

After fighting out his UFC contract, it was announced on September 8, 2022, that Santos had signed a multi-fight deal with the Professional Fighters League, and that he would be a participant in their 2023 season as a light heavyweight.[6]

Santos started off the 2023 season against Rob Wilkinson on April 1, 2023 at PFL 1.[67] He lost the bout via unanimous decision.[68] The result of the bout was later overturned to a no contest after Wilkinson tested positive for Elevated t/e ratio resulting from the androgynous origin of testosterone.[69]

Santos was scheduled to face Mohammad Fakhreddine on June 8, 2023 at PFL 4.[70] On May 9, 2023, it was announced that Santos had failed a commission drug test and was pulled from the season.[71] Santos was later suspended 6 months and fined for testing positive for Clomifene.[69]

Santos faced Yoel Romero on February 24, 2024, at PFL vs. Bellator.[72] He lost the bout by unanimous decision.[73]

Santos stepped in on short notice to replace Sergei Bilostenniy against Denis Goltsov at PFL 4 on June 13, 2024.[74] He lost the bout via TKO in the first round.[75]

Personal life[edit]

Santos has a son from a previous relationship.[76] He is a soccer player in Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense.[citation needed]

Santos runs a non-profit organization that offers free mixed martial arts training for children coming from poor families.[7]

Santos is married to fellow UFC athlete, Yana Kunitskaya.[77] The pair got engaged in December, 2020, and in August 2021, Kunitskaya announced that they were expecting their first child together.[78][79]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
36 matches 22 wins 13 losses
By knockout 15 5
By submission 1 3
By decision 6 5
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 22–13 (1) Denis Goltsov TKO (punches) PFL 4 (2024) June 13, 2024 1 2:22 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Heavyweight debut.
Loss 22–12 (1) Yoel Romero Decision (unanimous) PFL vs. Bellator February 24, 2024 3 5:00 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
NC 22–11 (1) Rob Wilkinson NC (overturned) PFL 1 (2023) April 1, 2023 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Originally a Decision (unanimous) win for Wilkinson; overturned after he tested positive for Elevated t/e ratio.
Loss 22–11 Jamahal Hill TKO (punches and elbows) UFC on ESPN: Santos vs. Hill August 6, 2022 4 2:31 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 22–10 Magomed Ankalaev Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev March 12, 2022 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 22–9 Johnny Walker Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Walker October 2, 2021 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 21–9 Aleksandar Rakić Decision (unanimous) UFC 259 March 6, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 21–8 Glover Teixeira Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on ESPN: Santos vs. Teixeira November 7, 2020 3 1:49 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 21–7 Jon Jones Decision (split) UFC 239 July 6, 2019 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 21–6 Jan Błachowicz TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos February 23, 2019 3 0:39 Prague, Czech Republic Performance of the Night.
Win 20–6 Jimi Manuwa KO (punches) UFC 231 December 8, 2018 2 0:41 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Performance of the Night.
Win 19–6 Eryk Anders TKO (elbows) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders September 22, 2018 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil Light Heavyweight debut. Fight of the Night.
Win 18–6 Kevin Holland Decision (unanimous) UFC 227 August 4, 2018 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 17–6 David Branch KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee April 21, 2018 1 2:30 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 17–5 Anthony Smith TKO (kick to the body and punches) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders February 3, 2018 2 1:03 Belém, Brazil Fight of the Night.
Win 16–5 Jack Hermansson TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida October 28, 2017 1 4:59 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 15–5 Gerald Meerschaert TKO (punches) UFC 213 July 8, 2017 2 2:04 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–5 Jack Marshman TKO (spinning wheel 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 (punch) 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 (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 0:47 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 8–1 Denis Figueira TKO (head kick and punches) Watch Out Combat Show 20 July 27, 2012 1 4:15 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 7–1 Vicente Luque TKO (punches) Spartan MMA 2012 April 28, 2012 1 4:50 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 (punches) 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


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) N/A (airdate) 2 5:00 Wild card bout.
Loss 1–1 William Macário Decision (unanimous) N/A (airdate) 2 5:00 Preliminary bout.
Win 1–0 Gil Freitas Decision (majority) March 17, 2013 (airdate) 2 5:00 TUF: Brazil 2 house entry bout.


Pay-per-view bouts[edit]

No. Event Fight Date Venue City PPV Buys
1. UFC 239 Jones vs. Santos July 6, 2019 T-Mobile Arena Paradise, Nevada, United States Not Disclosed[88]

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