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"Marreta (The Sledgehammer)"

Thiago Santos


Win Rate
69 %
Finish Rate
73 %
Decision Win %
60 %
#6 Light Heavyweight (UFC)

Thiago Santos

6' 2 (188 cm)
76 in. (6' 4/193 cm)
Main Division
Light Heavyweight
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank
Santos was born into a poverty-stricken family in Rio de Janeiro. In early childhood, he suffered from an undiagnosed disease that spawned growing cysts in his stomach, but which were surgically removed. In one of the occasional floods in his city, Santos' family lost their belongings and after a period of homelessness, they settled in the notorious neighborhood of Cidade de Deus. Santos' father died just days after his mixed martial arts debut in 2010.
Fighter Trivia
Santos runs a non-profit organization that offers free mixed martial arts training for children coming from poor families. Santos is in a relationship with fellow UFC athlete, Yana Kunitskaya. The pair got engaged in December, 2020, and in August of 2021, Kunitskaya announced that they were expecting their first child together.

Awards & Accolades

  • UFC: Performance of the Night (Four times) vs. Jack Marshman, Steve Bossé, Jimi Manuwa and Jan Błachowicz
  • UFC: Fight of the Night (Two times) vs. Anthony Smith and Eryk Anders
  • UFC: Tied for most UFC bouts in a calendar year (5).
  • UFC: Tied for most knockout victories in UFC Middleweight division history (eight) with Anderson Silva & Uriah Hall.
  • MMATorch.com: 2015 Best Knockout of the Half-Year vs. Steve Bossé
  • MMAjunkie.com: 2018 Round of the Year (Round 1) vs. Jimi Manuwa
  • MMAjunkie.com: 2018 December Fight of the Month vs. Jimi Manuwa
  • MMAjunkie.com: 2018 Under-the-Radar Fighter of the Year

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