Much like Kelvin Gastelum at the recent TUF 17 Finale, Leonardo Santos pulled off the upset at UFC on Fuel TV 10 in Fortaleza, Brazil, on Saturday night, winning the second season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.
William “Patolino” Macario came into the fight the heavy favorite, which was no surprise considering his impressive performances on the reality show, and seeing as how Santos only made his way into the final as an injury replacement for Santiago Ponzinibbio, who defeated him in their semifinal match-up.
Not many gave the 33-year-old, skinny jiu-jitsu fighter much of a chance, and in the opening round it looked like they might be right to think that way.
Patolino manhandled Santos throughout most of the opening round, countering Santos’ strikes by clinching and powering him to the mat, landing some solid ground and pound throughout.
The second stanza was a complete 180, however. As Patolino tired, Santos landed more of his strikes. He clinched Patolino and tried to trip him to the mat, but Patolino grabbed the fence, which forced Santos to the bottom as they landed.
The referee, however, clearly saw the fence grab and restarted them standing in the middle of the Octagon.
Santos clinched again and this time tripped Patolino to the canvas, landing in side control. He quickly scurried to mount and softened Patolino up with strikes before sliding off to an arm triangle choke that left Patolino no escape.
He tapped out and Santos became the TUF Brazil 2 victor.
“I know many of you saw me walk in, a small skinny guy,” said Santos after the fight. “You thought I couldn’t win, but no way (I won).”
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