MMA

Brazil’s Luis Santos earns 5th ONE Championship win

Luis Santos, Daichi Abe

Luis Santos, Daichi Abe

Fighting out of Belem, Para, Brazil, Luis “Sapo” Santos, 38, has earned his fifth victory in ONE Championship. On October 26, 2018, the Brazilian mixed martial artist defeated his Japanese opponent at “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness,” which took place at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

When Santos made his ONE Championship debut on November 7, 2014 at “ONE: Battle of Lions,” he faced Bakhtiyar Abbasov, 32, of Baku, Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani fighter was knocked out by the Brazilian contender via submission to punches in the first round.

The second opponent Santos defeated in ONE Championship was Rafael “The Machine” Silva, 40, of Guimaraes, Portugal. The Belem native knocked out his Portuguese opponent via knee and soccer kicks at “ONE: Tribe of Warriors.”

On August 27, 2016, Santos won in ONE Championship for the third time. He defeated Igor “Lionheart” Svirid, 32, of Almaty, Kazakhstan via unanimous decision at “ONE: Titles and Titans.”

Santos’s fourth ONE Championship win was also via unanimous decision. He defeated Kiamrian Abbasov, 25, of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan at “ONE: Visions of Victory” on March 9, 2018.

Before “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness,” Santos lost to Tyler McGuire, 32, of Spokane, Washington, United States via unanimous decision at “ONE: Pursuit of Power.” But the Brazilian fighter came back with sweet redemption.

It only took Santos 33 seconds in the first round to knock out Daichi Abe, 26, of Niigata, Japan via liver kick at “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness.” It was the Japanese contender’s ONE Championship debut.

Before joining ONE Championship, Abe competed in three UFC bouts, winning one. Losing to Santos downgraded the Japanese fighter’s professional MMA record to 6 wins and 3 losses.

On the other hand, Santos now has 64 wins and 11 losses. “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” marked his seventh ONE Championship bout.

Watch all the “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” bouts here:

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