Leonardo Santos earned a six-figure Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contract on Saturday (June 8, 2013) night in what was another major accomplishment in his long and decorated combat sports career.
Both were significant moments for the most recent winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): Brazil 2, and for very different reasons.
Most had only discovered that Santos had defeated St. Pierre when it was mentioned on the UFC on FUEL TV 10: "Nogueira vs. Werdum 2," broadcast; however, following his second-round submission of William Macario in Fortaleza, Cesara, Brazil, the 33-year-old recalled his victory over "Rush" eight years ago.
"I was able to get a good victory against Georges St. Pierre," Santos said through an interpreter at the post-fight press conference (watch it here). "A flying armlock and shortly after that he was the UFC champion, so this really increased the importance of that victory. Obviously I've never promoted myself on it, he's a friend, I really support him I like him very much, but it was a great experience back then and since then I don't think much has changed."
Santos became the oldest ever winner of TUF with his win on Saturday and has proven that he possesses some of the most dangerous submission skills of any fighter in the weight class.
While time is not on his side given his age, Santos has the ground skills to give any 170-pound fighter fits if he can get the fight to his world. If given the right match ups, Santos could be a factor in the weight class down the line.
If you've never seen Santos' spectacular submission win over St. Pierre, watch the video below.
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