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Thiago Santos plans to search out out ‘who’s going to remain standing’ vs. Jamahal Hill at UFC on ESPN 40

Thiago Santos plans to search out out ‘who’s going to remain standing’ vs. Jamahal Hill at UFC on ESPN 40


LAS VEGAS – Thiago Santos might be going to the UFC on ESPN 40 primary occasion anticipating a placing battle. However will Jamahal Hill oblige?

That’s the massive query Santos (22-10 MMA, 14-9 UFC) has going into Saturday’s gentle heavyweight headliner with Hill (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), which takes place on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

On paper, Santos vs. Hill appears to be like like a lock to finish in a brutal knockout. They’ve each displayed large energy and ending capability in earlier fights, however Santos stated he’s been in this kind of scenario earlier than and it hasn’t panned out because the pre-fight hype would point out, although he doesn’t suppose that’s his fault.

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“He’s a tricky opponent,” Santos instructed MMA Junkie and different reporters at Wednesday’s UFC on ESPN 40 media day. “Aggressive. He has some KOs, however I’ve probably the most KOs on this division within the UFC. So let’s see what’s going to occur. Let’s punch one another. Let’s kick one another. Let’s see who’s going to remain standing.

We each are KO guys, however some fights earlier than the fellows are aggressive, however I don’t know what occur. After they battle towards me they arrive totally different. They attempt to take me down, they attempt to battle a strategic battle. So I can’t say about himself. I can say about myself. I promise I’m going ahead. I’m going to knock him out and this battle goes to be totally different than my final battle (with Magomed Ankalaev).”

Santos, No. 13 within the newest USA TODAY Sports activities/MMA Junkie light heavyweight rankings, has had some powerful occasions in recent times.

After pushing then-champ Jon Jones to the brink of a split decision at UFC 239 in July 2019, the Brazilian has by no means been capable of seize his momentum again. He suffered serious injuries to each knees in that battle the required surgical procedure, and stored him out of motion for 16 months.

Santos has misplaced three of 4 since then, dropping bouts to Glover Teixeira, Aleksandar Rakic and Ankalaev. His lone win was a decision over Johnny Walker that was closely criticized for its lack of motion.

At 38, there are legitimate questions on whether or not Santos can discover a option to seize the magic he had contained in the octagon a number of years in the past. He thinks he can, and stated all of the

(This was) one of the best camp ever since my battle earlier than Jones,” Santos stated. “So I really feel one hundred pc prepared for this battle. … I feel in all probability this battle going to complete early.”

For extra on the cardboard, go to MMA Junkie’s occasion hub for UFC on ESPN 40.

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