Main Card | Tournament Quarter-Finals | 185 lbs | MMA
Bruno Santos defeats Giva Santana via 3 Round Decision
|12-0-0||Pro Record At Fight||17-1-0||Climbed to 13-0||Record After Fight||Fell to 17-2|
|+100 (Near Even)||Betting Odds||-130 (Slight Favorite)|
|Salvador, Bahia, Brazil||Fighting out of||Irvine, California|
|24 years, 7 months||Age at Fight||40 years, 3 months, 4 days|
|185.2 lbs (84.0 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs)|
|5'9" (176cm)||Height||5'10" (178cm)|
|72.0" (183cm)||Reach||73.0" (185cm)|
|MMA Masters||Gym||Team Oyama|
- Bout Information
- Event: Bellator 61
- Date: Friday 03.16.2012 at 08:00 PM ET
- Referee: Jason Herzog
- Venue: Horseshoe Riverdome
- Enclosure: Cage
- Location: Bossier City, Louisiana
- Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 5 of 8)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
- TV Commentary: Sean Wheelock, Jimmy Smith
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Jimmy Smith
- Santana Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Santos Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Tournament: Bellator Season 6 Middleweight
- Tournament Round: Quarter-Finals
Santana vs. Santos Wiki Update Wiki
Santana and Santos met in a featured Middleweight Tournament Quarter-Final on the main card.
Santana landed a leg kick as Santos probed from range. Santana grabbed a single leg but took some elbows to the temple as he fought for a takedown, briefly getting it before Santos rolled back to his feet. Santos kept pinning Santana against the cage but doing little else as Santana struggled in his attempts to take the fight to the mat. Santos opened up with a few punches and a hard leg kick in the final minute in an attempt to steal the round, although Santana countered.
Both fighters landed some punches to start the second before the clinch battle resumed against the cage. Santos tripped Santana to the mat but the latter popped back up quickly. Santana attacked with strikes but Santos tied him up and pushed him back into the fence. Both fighters landed some strikes in the final few seconds.
The pace of this workmanlike fight did not increase in the third, with both fighters unable to impose their complete games either from distance or in the clinch. Santos finally got a takedown and was content to hold position before passing to half guard then standing. Santana stood but got hit with a jab then got taken back to the mat against the cage. Santana rolled for a leglock on the last 10 seconds but failed to draw the tap.
The judges scored the bout 30-27, 29-28, and 29-28 for Santos, giving him the decision victory and a pass to the Semi-Finals of the Middleweight Tournament.