38-Year-Old UFC Lightweight 16-4-1
April 28, 2018 Leonardo Santos News
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Santos has suffered an undisclosed injury and will not face off against Nik Lentz at UFC Utica on June 1, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
More information on his injury may arrive within the coming days. Santos hasn't fought since Oct. of 2016, when he defeated Adriano Martins by decision.
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Fantasy AnalysisSantos, who was originally slated to fight Olivier Aubin-Mercier at UFC 212 in June of 2017, will now shift his focus to Nick Lentz for his first fight since October of 2016. The 38-year-old owns a career record of 16-3, but will have to shake off the rust following a two-year layoff to take on Lentz, who has won three of his last four fights. With both fighters relying on submissions for the bulk of their victories, expect this bout to spend plenty of time on the mat.
Fantasy AnalysisSantos, a jiu-jitsu specialist, still hasn't lost in the UFC Octagon (4-0-1) and is undefeated in his last 11 fights since losing a split decision to Kazunori Yokota in May of 2009. Meanwhile, his opponent, Aubin-Mercier, has won five of his past six, last losing to Carlos Diego Ferreira in January of 2016. Their matchup will help set the table for the evening's main event between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was a far cry from the highlight reel win that Santos earned over Kevin Lee in his last bout in December, but it was a victory nonetheless. It was a slow-paced, boring fight in which either man could have gotten the win. Santos is currently riding an 11-fight winning streak, which is insane considering his apparent lack of top-flight ability. Santos asked for Michael Chiesa in his post-fight interview with Brian Stann, but there's zero chance of that happening.
Fantasy AnalysisSantos was so pumped after the finish that he basically ran out of the arena to hug family and friends. He may be looking at a fine from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but they aren't going to take his impressive win away. Long known as just a ground specialist, Santos tuned Lee up on the feet to earn the stoppage win. The win moves Santos to 4-0-1 in the UFC. He won Saturday as an insane +515 underdog.
Fantasy AnalysisNow competing at his natural weight class of 155 lbs after winning The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 as a welterweight, Santos is being handed a daunting task at UFC 194 in Kevin Lee. Starting his UFC career with three victories and a majority draw, Santos' bout Saturday will be his first in the United States. While a unanimous decision win over Efrain Escudero is a nice coup, Lee represents far and away Santos' most skilled opponent.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Brazilian is 2-0-1 in the UFC, but he is 13 years Lee's senior and he is going to be giving up a world of athleticism in this fight. Santos figures to be a pretty heavy underdog by the time fight night rolls around in December.