Taila Santos

Brazil

Easily handles Roxanne Modafferi
FlyweightUFC
September 25, 2021
Santos defeated Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 266 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Santos looked the part of a -410 favorite, dominating Modafferi from bell-to-bell. Conventional wisdom stated Santos' biggest edge would be in the striking game, and while that was certainly the case, Santos also rolled around with Modafferi on the mat quite a bit and lived to tell about it. It wasn't the smartest move from a strategic standpoint, but it was nice to see Santos -- who is known as a high-end knockout artist -- show off some secondary skills. The Brazilian has now picked up three straight unanimous decision wins after dropping a split decision in her UFC debut back in February 2019.
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Fighting Modafferi at UFC 266
FlyweightUFC
August 19, 2021
Santos will take on Roxanne Modafferi in a flyweight bout at UFC 266 on Sept. 25, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Santo withdrew at the beginning of August from her schedule bout on Sept. 4 against Mandy Bohm after the UFC moved the card from London to Las Vegas due to visa issues. UFC 266 is expected to take place in Las Vegas as well, so it appears that she has sorted out whatever visa issues she had prior. Santos has yet to fight in 2021, but won both of her bouts in 2020.
Won't face Mandy Bohm in September
FlyweightUFC
August 2, 2021
Santos withdrew Monday from her scheduled flyweight bout with Mandy Bohm at the UFC's Sept. 4 event after the promotion moved the card from London to Las Vegas, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Due to visa issues, Santos won't be able to fight in the United States, so she'll bow out of the bout with the hope of finding a new opponent later in 2021 at another overseas event. Ariane Lipski has agreed to step in as a replacement for Santos on Sept. 4.
Moved back to September
FlyweightUFC
July 13, 2021
Santos will now face Mandy Bohm at the UFC event on Sept. 4, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This fight was originally slated to take place on August 14 in Las Vegas, but pushing it back three weeks means that they are now likely to fight in London. Darren Till and Derek Brunson are expected to be the main even on the Sept. 4 card. Santos went 2-0 in the UFC in 2020, but has yet to fight in 2021.
Facing Bohm in August
FlyweightUFC
May 24, 2021
Santos will take on Mandy Bohm in a flyweight bout at the UFC event on August 14, Marcelo Barone of GloboEsporte.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Santos will be looking to reach 4-1 in her UFC career. She was supposed to fight on May 8 against Roxanne Modafferi, but her opponent suffered a meniscus tear. Santos last fought in December when she defeated Gillian Robertson via unanimous decision.
Needs new opponent
FlyweightUFC
April 7, 2021
Santos needs a new opponent for May 8 after Roxanne Modafferi suffered a meniscus tear, Eric Kowal of MyMMANews.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Santos has started her UFC career at a solid 3-1-0 pace, but she'll now need a new opponent in order to fight May 8. It's possible that the UFC could reschedule the flyweight bout in question, but that would have to wait until Modafferi has fully recovered from her meniscus surgery, which could take some time.