UFC mild heavyweight Thiago Santos promised to be “100 instances higher” in his return to the Octagon at UFC 259 towards Aleksandar Rakic.
The final time we noticed Santos, he misplaced in an upset to Glover Teixeira when he was submitted within the third spherical of that battle. Santos had success early and even dropped Teixeira within the battle, however finally, the ring rust confirmed as Santos wore down and was tapped out. After shedding a razor-thin break up choice to Jon Jones at UFC 239 in July 2019, Santos missed over a 12 months of motion resulting from having double knee surgical procedure and likewise catching COVID-19. So you may see why it’s considerably excusable that he wasn’t as sharp when he fought Teixeira.
Chatting with AG Fight, Santos informed followers to count on a extra ready model of himself when he takes on Rakic at UFC 259. With his fiancee Yana Kunitskaya going out there and beating Ketlen Vieira at UFC Vegas 20, Santos is hoping to do the identical at UFC 259.
“I’m far more ready than the final time I fought Glover. I now had extra time and the battle with Glover was a warm-up. I used to be with out a battle for a very long time, I felt I had no time to battle, I used to be late, with out eager to make excuses. Now I’m 100% ready and 100 instances higher than the final time. I’ve been paying extra consideration to my wrestling, my jiu-jitsu. Not that I didn’t prepare earlier than the battle towards Glover, however now much more. For certain it will likely be one other Thiago ‘Marreta’. All the time aggressive, in search of time, however with time, acutely aware and it will likely be one other battle,” Santos mentioned.
Regardless of shedding to Jones and Teixeira in his final two fights, Santos remains to be the No. 2 contender within the UFC mild heavyweight division, so a win over Rakic retains him proper on the prime of the division. Keep in mind, it was simply two years in the past in February 2019 when he knocked out present UFC mild heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz. He then almost defeated Jones to take his title in his subsequent battle. Although Santos is on a two-fight shedding skid, you’d be making a mistake to assume that he doesn’t have a bit of fuel left at age 37.
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