Thiago Santos



Hill next up
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 4, 2022
Santos will fight Jamahal Hill in a light heavyweight UFC fight on August 6, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nlreports.
Santos is 14-9 in his UFC career, though the 6-foot-2 fighter enters the fight coming off a loss to Magomed Ankalaev. Santos has only won one of his last four fights. Santos stands two inches shorter than Hill while also facing a three inch disadvantage. Santos will have to take Hill to the canvas, due to the fighter winning three of his four UFC fights by KO/TKO while also averaging 0.0 takedowns per 15 minutes. Santos averages 0.54 takedowns landed per 15 minutes and sports a 36% takedown accuracy, his best weapon against Hill.
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Inconsistent ways continue
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 12, 2022
Santos lost to Magomed Ankalaev via unanimous decision (46-49, 46-49, 47-48) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Although he entered off a unanimous decision win over Johnny Walker this past October, this was a fight that Santos had to have in order to remain relevant in a thin light heavyweight division and it didn't go well. Santos had arguably the biggest moment of the fight with a knockdown at the end of Round 2, but for the remainder of the bout, it was Ankalaev pushing the pace and dictating the terms. Simply put, Thiago hasn't looked the same since nearly taking the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship from Jon Jones on one leg back in July 2019. He explosiveness has all but evaporated and he appears to be second guessing everything he does inside the octagon. Looking back on it, perhaps we shouldn't be surprised. Santos turned 38 years of age this past January, and although he has plenty of impressive victories on his resume, he has typically struggled against true high-end competition. There's room for immediate advancement at 205 pounds, but Santos' advanced age combined with the fact he's lost four of five dating back to July 2019 seems to take him out of the running.
Matched with Magomed Ankalaev
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 15, 2021
Santos (knee) is expected to take on Magomed Ankalaev to headline a March 12 card in Las Vegas, Brett Okamoto of reports.
Santos ended a three-fight winning streak with a five-round unanimous decision win against Johnny Walker in October. He took a beating in that match and faced a six-month medical suspension due to multiple injuries, but he's evidently been cleared to return slightly before that window is up. He's in for a potentially tough task against Ankalaev, who dropped his UFC debut back in March of 2018 but has since rattled off seven straight victories.
Multiple injuries in Walker fight
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 5, 2021
Santos is facing a possible six-month suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission pending X-rays on his left finger, left foot, left knee and left ribs, reports.
Santos may have only absorbed 48 significant strikes in what was a low-volume fight considering it lasted five rounds, but he took his fair share of damage. The left knee is likely the most concerning of the bunch, as Walker suffered a torn ACL, MCL, PCL and meniscus in that same knee following a 2019 loss to Jon Jones. Hopefully this isn't nearly as serious, but the barrage of injuries could very well end up holding him out until next spring.
Takes snoozer from Johnny Walker
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 2, 2021
Santos defeated Johnny Walker via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was a shock to many that this fight saw the final bell, yet perhaps it shouldn't have been in what was a subpar performance from both men. In what was a 25-minute kickboxing match, Santos and Walker combined to land 92 total strikes. Neither man was able to string together any combinations. One big overhand shot from Santos early in Round 5 was the biggest shot of the bout. Santos was the more fluid and comfortable striker, but he looked nothing like the guy who nearly took the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship from Jon Jones a little over two years ago without a working knee. Santos will be 38 years of age this coming January. It's fair to wonder if the serious knee injury suffered in the Jones fight zapped him of his trademark explosiveness. That, of course, would be a death sentence in terms of Santos' ability to once again climb the ranks again at 205 pounds. This victory snaps a three-fight losing streak for Santos and is his first win since February 2019, which was a knockout of current champion Jan Blachowicz.
Pushed back a week
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 15, 2021
Santos' bout against Johnny Walker will now take place on October 2, reports.
Santos and Walker were originally scheduled for Sept. 25, but it has been pushed back a week due to the UFC's recent change a plans for several events in September. The event is expected to take place at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.