Luis ‘Sapo’ Santos is a true journeyman of the sport, with a 60-9-1 record, but he seems to wilt under the big lights. That doesn’t stop him from being one of the most feared strikers in the welterweight division, and he showed that with an incredible front kick knockout which will make you cringe. And what makes this knockout even crazier is the fact that Santos has a head kick knockout of the year candidate in 2013 also, defeating Dave Courchaine after just 10 seconds.
Santos went 2-2 inside the Bellator cage and failed to live up to the high expectations coming into his debut. After winning his first two bouts for the promotion, he dropped back-to-back finishes against Ben Saunders and Ryan Ford. Granted, these are hardly sub-par welterweights, but Santos had all the potential in the world to challenge for the title and failed to do so.
However, with six wins in a row on the regional circuit, all coming by way of knockout and five of which in the first round, Santos has shown he deserves another shot in the bigger MMA promotions. His third round knockout over Alfredo Morales once again announced ‘Sapo’ as a force to be reckoned with, and if he can put it all together on the big show, who knows what he can achieve. Despite being 34, his 70 fights in MMA make him seem relatively young, but time is running out if Santos wants to make a name for himself in the major leagues.
Check out the gif at the top of the article, and further angles at the bottom. This truly is a sensational one strike knockout, and will be talked about for years to come. Luis Santos has done it again. Props to @grabakahitman for the gifs.