Parabéns Leo! Santos Wins TUF Season Finale

Coach Marcelo Pereira and everyone on Team Marcelo Pereira would like to congratulate Nova Uniao teammate and fighter Leonardo Santos on his Saturday win against William Macario at the UFC on Fuel TV event in Brazil.

Leo Santos and Professor Pereira have been training together for 25 years and from the beginning of their careers have been very close.

“He was my best friend in Brazil,” Marcelo said this morning.  “I met him when I was ten years old and he was eight.  We trained together until I moved to the United States.  I spoke to Leo last night and he is very happy.”

In 2001 Marcelo was involved in a car accident and one of the passengers in the car, a close friend and teammate, was killed.  After the accident Marcelo thought seriously about quitting the sport.  It was Leo who gave him encouragement and support and influenced him to keep training. “He pushed me to keep training again after I didn’t want to anymore.”

Marcelo continues: “Leo comes from a simple family.  He is genuinely a very nice person. It’s nice to see him making his dreams come true.”

Leo Santos is considered a legend in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a 7 time World Champion in the sport. “Leo is a phenomenal Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter.  He won his first world championship when he was only 15, and he won in the adult division,” Marcelo commented.

Leonardo now has a 12-3 record in mixed martial arts and has won his last six fights. This win was his first for the UFC. After the fight he will be rewarded a contract with the UFC.

The fight was the finale for season two of the Ultimate Fighter Brazil, making Leo the welterweight tournament winner of the popular show. Leo won the fight by submission, finishing Macario with a Katagatame (triangle choke) in the second round. Although Santos used his Jiu-Jitsu to win the fight, much of the two rounds was fought standing up.

Two things make this win more impressive. One, Leonardo’s division is normally 155 pounds, and his opponent fights in the 170 pound division. Second, Leonardo is 33, while his opponent is 21 years old.

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Early Nova Uniao picture showing among others Marcelo Pereira (top center), Robson Moura (to his left), Coach Wendell Alexander (top second from right), Leonardo Santos (top right) and BJ Penn (bottom second from right).

Leo’s win adds to a growing list of accomplishments for Nova Uniao in mixed martial arts. Led by André Pederneiras, Nova Uniao currently has three standing world champions on the team, including Jose Aldo, Renen Barão (UFC), and Eduardo Dantas (Bellator).

We are all very proud of Leonardo. Oss!

For more information about Team Marcelo Pereira contact either our Naples martial arts school or our Fort Myers martial arts school.

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