XFC: An inside look at Luis “Sapo” Santos (54-8-1) | XFC Welterweight
One of the most veteran fighters to enter the XFC cage, Luis “Sapo” Santos (54-8-1) will see his first minutes of action with Xtreme Fighting Championships on Friday April 19 when he takes on Shamar Bailey in the main event of XFC 23: Louisville Slugfest. After splitting results through four fights under the Bellator banner, Santos signed a multi-fight / long term deal with the XFC and looks to begin to his rise through the Welterweight division with a debut win over Strikeforce veteran Bailey.
After starting his MMA career with 21 straight victories, ‘Sapo’ Santos has been a force in the MMA ranks for nearly 12 years. Part of what makes Santos’ record so impressive is that on multiple occasions the Brazilian has picked up multiple wins in a single day, not something that is seen very often under modern MMA rules. Santos has also been able to put together multiple winning streaks since his initial dominance, going twelve straight following his first loss, and another 8-fight win streak that began in 2009 and continued into 2011.
Santos has been training in South Florida with American Top Team, alongside some of the best fighters in the industry. After signing a long-term deal with Xtreme Fighting Championships in early 2013, Santos has a chance to see continuous action on a national level and to solidify his position at the top of the XFC welterweight ranks. As is custom in the XFC, his first opponent won’t be an easy one. Bailey is a strong wrestler, with experience in some of the most prominent promotions in recent MMA history. He turned down a chance to train with the Olympic wrestling team in order to pursue his MMA career, and going into the bout with Santos, Bailey will be riding a two fight win streak.
XFC President John Prisco announced the fight with great anticipation of what could lie ahead for Santos and the Welterweight division. “This may be one of the biggest fights we’ve put together, and it is going to be a great matchup of styles and experience. Both of these guys have competed at the highest levels, and they have opposing skill sets that could have this fight going the distance,” said Prisco. “I think Santos has the skills to be a real threat at 170, to string together another win streak, and to be the face of that division but it starts with a win over Bailey… and that is going to be a tough feat.”
There are other fighters in the welterweight division that have seen success recently, including Ricky Rainey and Roger Carroll, but Santos’ experience outweighs both of those fighters records combined and he has already had the opportunity to fight some of the best talent in the world. It will be up to ‘Sapo’ to make an impression in his debut and show the rest of the division where the standard will be set going forth.
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Article by N. Ganster
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