Leonardo Santos


Gasses out after strong Round 1
December 6, 2021
Santos lost to Clay Guida via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:21 of Round 2 at UFC Vegas 44 on Saturday.
Santos blitzed Guida early and may have had a case for a 10-8 Round 1 had Guida not been able to reverse position and land a few elbows. Santos ended up landing 41 significant strikes compared to Guida's 18 and looked to be in the driver's seat despite starting to tire, but it all fell apart in Round 2. Santos appeared to run out of gas, which made it easy for a veteran like Guida to get a takedown and end up on his back. From there, Guida saw the opening and got the finish. Santos entered this bout as a sizable favorite of approximately (-220), but he's now lost two fights in a row and may find himself at a crossroads at the age of 41.
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Next matchup set
October 20, 2021
Santos will face Clay Guida in a lightweight bout at the UFC event on Dec. 4, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Santas was slated to face Alexander Hernandez at the start of October, though he was forced to withdraw due to undisclosed reasons, He'll now return to the Octagon in December for the first time since losing to Grant Dawson via KO (punches) in March, which ended a six-fight win streak. Meanwhile, Guida is coming off a split decision loss to Mark O. Madsen in August.
Out of UFC Vegas 38
September 23, 2021
Santos has withdrawn from his bout against Alexander Hernandez at the UFC event Oct. 2, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
It's unclear at this time why Santos had to withdraw. The UFC is expected to find a short notice replacement to keep Hernandez on the card. Santos last fought back in March when he was knocked out by Grant Dawson.
Taking on Hernandez in October
August 11, 2021
Santos will take on Alexander Hernandez in a lightweight bout at the UFC event Oct. 2, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
Santos will hope to bounce back following getting knocked out by Grant Dawson in March. Hernandez is also coming off a loss to Thiago Moses back in February. Santos boasts a career MMA record of 18-5-1.
Loses to Grant Dawson
March 20, 2021
Santos lost to Grant Dawson via KO (punches) at 4:59 in Round 3 at UFC Vegas 22 on Saturday.
In Round 1, Santos proved to be the better striker with his superior technique, countering ability and power. Dawson had some success controlling Santos against the fence but didn't inflict as much damage as Santos. During a very closely contested second round, Santos is noticeably tired. In Round 3, Dawson earned a lot of top control time as Santos was fatigued. Towards the end of the round, Santos reclaimed full guard and went for a heel hook which left himself open to ground and pound. During the ground and pound sequence, Dawson knocked Santos out cold. The fight was very competitive as both combatants pushed one another for 15 minutes, but it was the cardio and top control of Dawson that prevailed.
Next bout scheduled
January 20, 2021
Santos is in line to face Grant Dawson on the March 20 card, MMAJunkie.com reports.
After a 1-0-1 start to his UFC career, Santos has reeled off six straight wins in the octagon, most recently getting the better of Roman Bogatov. He'll aim to keep that streak alive against an opponent in Dawson who has started off his UFC career with five straight victories. Santos holds two-inch height and three-inch reach advantages over his opposition, which he will likely aim to use to keep his opponent from successfully taking him to the mat.