Fighters on the Rise | UFC Fight Night: Song vs Gutierrez

This year has produced a plethora of standout performances from promotional newcomers, and Santos’ rookie effort inside the Octagon in August is definitely part of that collection of quality efforts.

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Entering on a two-fight winning streak and a first-round submission win, the 23-year-old took the fight to Juliana Miller from the jump, closing the distance and pressuring the recent Ultimate Fighter winner. Early on, it was clear the shots Santos was landing were having a significant impact, and the Brazilian responded by upping the pace and her output, putting away Miller along the fence before the four-minute mark of the opening round.

Now 6-1 overall, Santos returns for her sophomore outing this weekend, stepping in with Swiss veteran Stephanie Egger in another early career test.

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