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Leonardo Santos

Lightweight Division

18-6-1 (W-L-D)

3

Wins by Knockout

8

Wins by Submission

7

Wins by Decision

Leonardo Santos

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Learn more about Leonardo Santos's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Active
Hometown
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Trains at
Nova Uniao - Rio de Janeiro
Fighting style
Jiu-Jitsu
Age
42
Height
72.00
Weight
156.00
Octagon Debut
Jun. 08, 2013
Reach
75.00
Leg reach
42.00

Fighter Facts

  • Pro since 2002
     
  • Lost pro debut to Takanori Gomi via majority decision in Shooto
     
  • Has 12-2-1 record in his last 15 bouts
     
  • Eight wins by submission (5 arm triangle, 2 RNC, triangle), three by KO
     
  • Eleven first round finishes
     
  • Last pre-TUF win was 75 second submission of UFC vet Mark Holst

 

UFC History

UFC Fight Night (3/20/21) Santos was knocked out by Grant Dawson at 4:59 of the third round
UFC 251 (7/12/20) Santos won a three round unanimous decision over Roman Bogatov
UFC Fight Night (6/1/19) Santos knocked out Stevie Ray at 2:17 of the first round
UFC 204 (10/8/16) Santos won a three round split decision over Adriano Martins
UFC 194 (12/12/15) Santos stopped Kevin Lee via strikes at 3:26 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (3/21/15) Santos submitted Tony Martin via rear naked choke at 2:29 of the second round
UFC Fight Night (9/13/14) Santos won a three round unanimous decision over Efrain Escudero
UFC Fight Night (3/23/14) Santos fought to a three round majority draw with Norman Parke
UFC on FUEL TV (6/8/13) Santos submitted William Macario via arm triangle choke at 4:43 of the second round to win The Ultimate Fighter Brazil season two

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, Season 2
On episode 12 (semifinals), Santos lost a three round decision to Santiago Ponzinibbio. When Santiago was removed from the competition due to injury, Santos was given a shot in the final
On episode 10 (quarterfinals), Santos won a two round decision over Thiago “Marreta” Santos
On episode five, Santos won a two round decision over Juliano “Ninja” Wandalen
On episode one, Santos stopped Luciano Contini via strikes in the first round

 

Q&A

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training in 2006. At this time I was already the number one lightweight in jiu-jitsu and I was looking for new challenges.
What ranks and titles have you held? 7x Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, fourth-degree black belt in BJJ, TUF Brazil 2 winner
Do you have any heroes? My Father
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? A new life
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, but I just studied for one year.
What was your job before you started fighting? Teaching Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite grappling technique: Arm lock
Favorite Striking technique: Knee