Thiago Santos

Marreta

Brazil

Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 4/1/2022
Multiple injuries in Walker fight
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
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, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Takes snoozer from Johnny Walker
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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
Out
June 15, 2021
Santos' bout against Johnny Walker will now take place on October 2, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
Facing Walker in September
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
May 12, 2021
Santos will take on Johnny Walker in a light heavyweight bout at the UFC event on Sept. 25, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Santos will be looking to bounce back after getting beat by unanimous decision by Aleksandar Rakic. If Santos loses to Walker in September, that would be a third straight defeat and put his career in the UFC at jeopardy. Walker will be making his first start since suffering a torn pectoral in February.
Second straight poor effort
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
March 6, 2021
Santos lost to Aleksandar Rakic via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
A fight that appeared to be certain fireworks quickly devolved into a snoozer. Fighting for the second time since nearly stunning the world against Jon Jones back in July 2019, Santos looked totally shot. He explosiveness was completely gone, and he was either unable or unwilling to push forward and deliver power shots. The major concern here is that the serious injuries to both knees suffered in the Jones fight has somehow hampered Santos' abilities. The Brazilian is now 37 years of age and certainly wouldn't be the first fighter to have the later portion of his career completely derailed by a major health issue. Santos was on the verge of stunning the MMA world and walking out the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion about a year and a half ago, and he now appears finished. With the UFC cutting bait with aging fighters seemingly every day now, Santos may need to avoid a third straight defeat his next time out in order to save his job. This can be a cruel, cruel sport at times.
March fight scheduled
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
November 13, 2020
Santos is expected to face Aleksandar Rakic in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC 259 on March 6, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The location of the card has not yet been finalized, nor has the fight itself. Santos will be looking for his first win in over a year, as his last two fights have included a split-decision loss against Jon Jones and a submission defeat against Glover Teixeira. Rakic rebounded from the first loss of his UFC career with a unanimous decision victory against Anthony Smith in his most recent match. As of early-January, oddsmakers list Santos as approximately a (+185) betting underdog against the up-and-coming prospect.