By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Glover Teixeira defeated Thiago Santos in a matchup of two Light Heavyweight Brazilians at the UFC on ESPN 17 Main Event. Teixeira won the bout in the third round at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fight was stopped by a submission (rear-naked choke). Teixeira was awarded the win once Santos tapped out at 1:49 in the round.
This was a back and forth battle. Very early in the bout, Teixeira looked like he was going to be knocked out, before saving himself.
Then, at the end of the second round, Teixeira actually had Santos in a choke hold. However, he was saved by the bell before Herb Dean was forced to make a decision.
Several minutes later, Teixeira picked up the win. He has now won five straight in his career.
This bout was originally scheduled to take place on September 12th at UFC Fight Night 177. However, Teixeira had a bout with the coronavirus, which caused a postponement of the fight.
The fight was then pushed to October 4th. But Santos, like Teixeira, also had his own battle with the infectious virus.
The 41-year-old — who now calls Connecticut home — improved to 32-7 in his MMA career. This was just his ninth career submission win.
Teixeira also has 18 wins by knockout and five wins by decision.
The veteran picked up his first submission win since he defeated Ion Cutelaba by submission (rear-naked choke). The Teixeira MMA & Fitness fighter submitted Cutelaba in the second round on April 27th, 2019.
Santos returned to the Octagon more than a year after destroying both of his knees. Even at a very limited basis, he pushed former Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones to the limit, before he survived with a split decision win on July 6, 2019.
It was announced after that win that he shredded both of his legs, as he suffered a torn LCL, PCL, MCL, meniscus, and broken tibia in his left leg. In his right leg, he tore his ACL.
It’s not clear when Santos exactly injured both legs in the bout. Yet, he was able to fighter in MMA history to have a win in a judge’s scorecard against Jones.
Santos has fallen to 21-8 in his MMA career. This was just his third submission loss.
The Team Marreta fighter has not won a bout since he dispatched now-champion Jan Błachowicz at UFC Fight Night 145 by TKO (Punches).
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