- Name: Leonardo Santos
- Pro MMA Record: 18-4-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
- Nickname: 'N/A'
- Current Streak: 1 Loss
- Age: 1980-02-05 | Date of Birth: 1980.02.05
- Last Fight: March 20, 2021 in UFC
- Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs
- Affiliation: Nova União
- Height: 6'0" (183cm) | Reach: 75.0" (191cm)
- Career Disclosed Earnings: $140,000 USD
- Born: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Fighting out of: Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Leonardo Santos was born in Rio de Janeiro and also has a brother that fights, Wagnney Fabiano. Santos began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu when he was 5 years old. He trained under Wendell Alexander who would join with Andre "Dede" Pederneiras to create Nova União. Santos made his mixed martial arts debut in Shooto against Taknori Gomi, losing a decision. He would take some time off from MMA dedicating himself to BJJ again and would win the World Cup Championships 4 times between 2002 and 2005. Santos would also be the ADCC Brazilian Trial Champion and took 4th place in the ADCC Finals in 2005.
Santos returned to MMA in 2006 amassed an 11-3 record before making the cast of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 2. Santos was the fourth pick of Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, and made his way to the semi-finals before losing to Santiago Ponzinibbio. The fight would go on to net both Santos and Ponzinibbio a $25,000 bonus for fight of the season. However, during that match Ponzinibbio broke his hand and did not recover in time for the live finale at UFC on Fuel TV 10. Santos was selected as the replacement, and went on to submit the other finalist William Macario to win the season's title of The Ultimate Fighter.
Episode 2 Santos def. Luciano Contini by TKO (injury) in Round 1
Episode 5 Santos def. Juliano Wandalen by Unanimous Decision
Episode 10 Santos def. Thiago Santos by Unanimous Decision
Episode 12 Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Santos by Unanimous Decision
TUF Brazil Finale 2 Santos def. William Macário by Submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:43 of Round 2
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Highlight | Leonardo Santos BJJ & Grappling HL Video by Hello Japan report dead link
MMA video maker Hello Japan features Leonardo Santos in this highlight video of his best BJJ and submission skills.