Will Santiago - Official UFC® Profile
Will
Santiago
9-5-0( W-L-D )
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Fight History

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Record: 9-5-0
Summary: Determined, dedicated, motivated, disciplined, patient

Fighter Info

Nickname: The Brown Bomber
From: Lawrence, Massachusetts United States
Fights Out Of: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Age: 35
Height: 5' 10" ( 177 cm )
Weight: 185 lb ( 84 kg )

Biography

When and why did you start training for fighting? All my life I have had to fight for something; nothing has been handed to me. I have overcome so much adversity in my life. Fighting has always been my out. I find myself wondering what exactly I was meant to accomplish in this world or what my life will amount to. Others’ opinions of my very own destination as a fighter is inspiring to my personality and motivates me to becoming a better fighter daily.

What ranks and titles have you held? I currently hold the Cage Titans FC welterweight (170lb) title

Do you have any heroes? My hero is my mom and there is no question about it. There are many reasons why my mom is my hero but here are just a few of them. My mom is always there for me. She is there even when I just need someone to talk to and she always listens to me no matter what it’s about. My mom is a strong, brave person and she will do anything for my happiness. Because of her I have learned to be strong. Because of my mother, I wanted to become a fighter. Growing up, I had the opportunity to listen to her stories about her uncle Ossie “Jaws” Ocasio, a world cruiserweight champion who represents our Puerto Rican heritage through boxing.

What would it mean to you to make it to the UFC?As far as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a fighter. More specifically, a champion. The road to becoming a champion is a long process, but worth it in the end. Having the feeling of accomplishment and knowing that I can make an impact on my life as well as my family’s life through fighting in the UFC would be the greatest satisfaction for me because becoming a champion is not all about the trophy. It’s not the talent, not the salary, the most points, the fastest time, or the most records. It’s not even being the best of the best. All these things are just the benefits of what makes a true champion. You see, the real winners in life are those who have the courage to see the impossible. We are the people who overcome and persevere through all adversity. We learn from our mistakes, and no matter what, we never give up on our dreams. A true champion has vision.

What was your job before you started fighting? Inspiring the youth by providing intervention services, GED classes, job training and life coaching to proven at-risk males between the ages of 14 and 24, as well as mentoring middle school age boys or spreading some insights on life through public speaking.

Ranks in any martial arts styles: 1st degree black belt through the Joe Lewis Fighting System, blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Favorite grappling technique: North-South choke

Favorite Striking technique: Liver shot

 
  • Pro since 2010

 

  • Eight wins by KO, one by submission (guillotine)

 

  • Has finished all wins, all in the first round

 

  • Has won six of his last eight

 

  • Owns 2015 win over DWTNCS competitor Sean Lally

 

  • Lost 2017 bout to DWTNCS competitor Chris Curtis

 

  • Knocked out UFC and TUF vet Chuck O’Neil in 41 seconds in 2016

 

  • Mother’s uncle, Ossie Ocasio, fought Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield and Larry Holmes

 

  • Origin of nickname: “The origin is connected to the original Joseph Louis Barrow, best known as Joe Louis. The “Brown Bomber” is one of my favorite heavyweight boxers of all time who competed from 1934 to 1951. I feel not enough has been done to keep his name alive, so I thought I would adopt his nickname and honor it, as well as keep it alive.”

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