Thiago Santos Still Targeting UFC Gold, Will Compete Even In 40s

SantosIt might surprise some to learn that Thiago Santos is 37. However, the light heavyweight contender has no plans of stopping fighting just yet. Santos is on a two-fight losing streak following defeats to Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira. He will look to return to the win column when he faces Aleksandar Rakic at the […]

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It might surprise some to learn that Thiago Santos is 37. However, the light heavyweight contender has no plans of stopping fighting just yet.

Santos is on a two-fight losing streak following defeats to Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira. He will look to return to the win column when he faces Aleksandar Rakic at the UFC 259 pay-per-view event taking place March 6.

Another setback could hinder his chances of contending for the title again.

However, even if that should happen, “Marreta” has plenty left in the tank as he will even compete in his forties to achieve his goal of becoming UFC champion.

“My goal is to become the UFC champion,” Santos told MMA Junkie. “I’m not in the UFC just to be in the UFC. I plan to fight past the age of 40. It all depends on how much my body can take. As long as I can have good performances, I’ll keep working at it.”

He won’t face an easy task in Rakic next who is 5-1 in the UFC and coming off a unanimous decision win over Anthony Smith.

However, given the Austrian’s skillset along with his own, Santos is expecting an “awesome” fight.

“Aleksandar is super tough,” Santos said. “He’s young. He’s scored several great wins in the UFC. He’s tall, strong, with a great reach. He hits hard. He has very good kickboxing, and uses takedowns and wrestling when necessary. I think it’s going to be an awesome fight.

“On fight night, I believe I’ll be a better version of myself, better than the one who fought Glover. I’m going to surprise everyone. Without a doubt, it’s going to be a great fight. Fans should not miss this one. We’re both very aggressive. I’m ready to bring home another win.”

As for his submission loss to Teixeira — in which he knocked down his fellow compatriot twice prior to losing — Santos believes his preparation was perfect going into the fight.

It was just ring rust that played a major factor, however.

“Against Glover, he did what he had to do,” Santos added. “He was very strategic. We knew what he was going to do. I trained hard for that bout. I was ready. My wrestling and jiu-jitsu were on point. By that time, I was fully recovered from COVID-19.

“What really weighed on me was the time away from the octagon. The lack of fight time made the difference. Glover deserves full credit. Now, I am completely focused on what’s ahead, on winning my next fight.”

Who do you think will win between Santos and Rakic?

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Aleksandar Rakic Promised Fallen Friend He’ll Beat Thiago Santos

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Aleksandar Rakic, Thiago Santos Agree To Fight At March 6 Event

Aleksandar RakicA pair of top UFC light heavyweights will lock horns at an unannounced event on March 6, as Aleksandar Rakic will take on Thiago Santos in a fight that is sure to produce fireworks and move the winner closer to a title shot. Rakic has made waves in the light heavyweight division since arriving in […]

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A pair of top UFC light heavyweights will lock horns at an unannounced event on March 6, as Aleksandar Rakic will take on Thiago Santos in a fight that is sure to produce fireworks and move the winner closer to a title shot.

Rakic has made waves in the light heavyweight division since arriving in September 2017. He’s run up a 5-1 record, with his only loss coming by way of a controversial decision against Volkan Oezdemir. He’ll enter the fight against Santos coming off the biggest win of his career, taking a unanimous decision over Anthony Smith in his first main event assignment at UFC Fight Night+ 33.

Santos will enter the fight needing a win to keep himself relevant in the division. He’s coming off back-to-back losses; first coming up short in a title fight against Jon Jones, then being submitted by Golver Texeira at UFC on ESPN 17 this past weekend. The Brazilian knockout artist was undefeated at light heavyweight before his current stretch, racking up three straight finishes after moving up from middleweight.

The pairing was announced by MMA Junkie, after an earlier report from ESPN. A location for the event and broadcast details were not made available.

Who do you think wins? Aleksandar Rakic or Thiago Santos?

Thiago Santos Releases Statement Following UFC Vegas 13 Defeat To Glover Teixeira

SantosThiago Santos was left disappointed by his showing against Glover Teixeira on Saturday night. The pair headlined UFC Vegas 13 in a pivotal light heavyweight bout that could have determined the next challenger for Jan Blachowicz’s 205-pound strap. It looked like it would go Santos’ way as he hurt Teixeira early on in the first […]

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Thiago Santos was left disappointed by his showing against Glover Teixeira on Saturday night.

The pair headlined UFC Vegas 13 in a pivotal light heavyweight bout that could have determined the next challenger for Jan Blachowicz’s 205-pound strap.

It looked like it would go Santos’ way as he hurt Teixeira early on in the first before dropping him. However, Teixeira did well to recover and get the fight to the ground where he dominated “Marreta” for the rest of the round as well as the second where he nearly submitted his fellow Brazilian.

Santos managed to survive and drop Teixeira again in the third round. However, he made the mistake of going to the ground where Teixeira was able to reverse and eventually get the submission victory.

It was a disappointing end to the fight for Santos who was looking to return to action with a big win. He later took to social media on Sunday to release a statement.

“I’m so disappointed by myself, I didn’t anything what I have trained, I wasn’t there. I just wanna say sorry to my coaches, my family and everyone who support me. thank you God for everything in my life, I am so blessed, nothing can change my faith.”

Despite the setback which put him on a two-fight losing streak, Santos is still a top contender in the light heavyweight division and with a few more wins, could find himself earning a title shot soon.

What did you make of Santos’ performance?