Thiago Santos, who had just had a child with his wife, fought against Jamahal Hill in a loss due to Knock Out. The light heavyweight main event for the UFC Vegas 59 saw Santos losing to Hill in a Round 4 TKO bringing his record to 22-11-0.
Jamahal Hill, who had a record of 11-1 with one no contest, brought his A game to beat Santos during Round 4 at 2:31.
The main event was a rematch of one of the greatest upsets in the history of MMA.
Referee Herb Dean oversaw the match where Santos dominated early, causing swelling in Hill’s eyes.
However, Hill was able to come back from adversity to clinch the TKO victory with a flurry of elbows to end it.
The victory now improves Hill’s record 12-1 within the Octagon, with a change in his ranking coming soon.
THIAGO SANTOS AGE & PARENTS
Thiago Santos de Lima, known as ‘Maretta,’ is a Brazilian mixed martial artist born on January 7, 1984.
He was born in the capital of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and his nickname Maretta means Sledgehammer in Latin.
His parents’ names are unknown, but he was born into poverty struck family. Due to this, he suffered from growing stomach cysts that were removed surgically.
Santos’s family lost most of their property and assets due to a massive flood in their city, and they settled in the slums of Cidade de Deus.
His father died for unknown reasons only a few days after his MMA debut in 2010.
He entered the UFC by competing on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2.
He competed in the Welterweight category from 2010 to 2012 and the Middleweight category from 2013 to 2018.
Santos is currently competing in the Light Heavyweight category since 2018 and is ranked #6 as of March 14, 2022.
THIAGO SANTOS WIFE AND KIDS
Thiago Santos is married to fellow UFC professional athlete, Yana Kunistskaya.
It is unknown how the couple initially started dating, but they met in 2019. However, the pair got engaged in December 2020.
Iana “Yana” Kunitskaya is a Russian MMA practitioner who competes in the Bantamweight division.
The couple announced their first kid in August 2021, and Yana gave birth to their daughter, Alisa Santos, in April 2022.
Yana has also changed her name to Yana Santos on Instagram and other social media.
Santos also has two other children from a previous relationship, Adam Santos and Hiago.
Santos and Yana also run a Non-Profit that is focused on MMA training for children from low-income families.
Thiago Santos and Yana Kunitskaya are still not yet, legally wed; however, they have shown that it isn’t necessary for them.
They function as a team, support one another impeccably as partners, and remain engaged.
THIAGO SANTOS NET WORTH CAREER
Thiago Santos is one of the most accomplished UFC fighters, with a net worth of $5 million.
His career earnings from fights alone amount to $1.2 million.
Thiago was picked up from The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 with his record of eight wins and one loss. He showed his great power and ability to adapt in the Octagon with his showing.
Santos made his official UFC debut on August 3, 2013, against Cezar Ferreira, which he lost via submission in the first round.
The most significant fight of Santos’s career was against then UFC champion Jon Jones. He is the first man to win a judge’s scorecard against Jon Jones.
Although Santos lost the match, he found a newfound respect for himself in the entire UFC world through fans and his peers.
Santos is currently at the tail end of his career with an impressive resume to back himself as one of the greats in UFC.