LAS VEGAS – Thiago Santos will be going to the UFC on ESPN 40 fundamental tournament observing for a putting battle. But will Jamahal Hill oblige?
That’s the massive ask 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 role at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
On paper, Santos vs. Hill appears to be like a lock to full in a brutal knockout. They’ve both displayed gigantic energy and ending potential in old fights, but Santos said he’s been on this model of set up earlier than and it hasn’t panned out as the pre-combat hype would indicate, although he doesn’t mediate that’s his fault.
“He’s a tough opponent,” Santos told MMA Junkie and other newshounds at Wednesday’s UFC on ESPN 40 media day. “Aggressive. He has some KOs, but I luxuriate in potentially the most KOs on this division in the UFC. So let’s gaze what’s going to occur. Let’s punch one every other. Let’s kick one every other. Let’s gaze who’s going to preserve standing.
We both are KO guys, but some fights earlier than the guys are aggressive, but I don’t know what occur. When they combat in opposition to me they arrive diversified. They are looking out for to receive me down, they fight to combat a strategic combat. So I cannot state about himself. I’m in a position to claim about myself. I promise I inch ahead. I inch to knock him out and this combat is going to be diversified than my final combat (with Magomed Ankalaev).”
Santos, No. 13 in the most contemporary USA TODAY Sports actions/MMA Junkie gentle heavyweight rankings, has had some tricky instances in latest years.
After pushing then-champ Jon Jones to the brink of a break up option at UFC 239 in July 2019, the Brazilian has by no methodology been ready to catch his momentum support. He suffered severe accidents to both knees in that combat the required surgical treatment, and saved him out of action for 16 months.
Santos has misplaced three of 4 since then, shedding bouts to Glover Teixeira, Aleksandar Rakic and Ankalaev. His lone receive modified into as soon as a option over Johnny Walker that modified into as soon as carefully criticized for its lack of action.
At 38, there are right questions about whether Santos can receive a potential to catch the magic he had within the octagon about a years ago. He thinks he can, and said your entire
(This modified into as soon as) the staunch camp ever since my combat earlier than Jones,” Santos said. “So I in reality feel 100 percent ready for this combat. … I mediate potentially this combat going to full early.”
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