Thiago "Big Monster" Santos Makes US Debut At Bellator 45
CHICAGO, Ill. (May 16, 2011) â€” Bellator Fighting Championships fourth season will come to a close on Saturday LIVE on MTV2 from Lâ€™Auberge du Lac Casino Resort Event Center. The event will feature two Championship fights, as well as the US debut of fast-rising Brazilian Heavyweight Thiago â€œBig Monsterâ€ Santos. The heavy handed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt will collide with knockout artist Derrick Lewis for a spot in Bellatorâ€™s upcoming Heavyweight Tournament.
â€œThe footage Iâ€™ve seen of Thiago looks dominant, so getting him in the Bellator cage will be a great way to close out what has already been a tremendous season while potentially giving fans a glimpse of what_s to come,â€ said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. â€œFans in Lake Charles, and those watching on MTV2 should be in for a show with Big Monster.â€
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Santos joins Bellator looking to show fans his explosive power and impressive ground game. Having studied Jiu-Jitsu since the age of nine, the former Brazilian State Jiu-Jitsu Champion is ready to send a message to Lewis, and any other heavyweight that has their eyes on the Bellator Heavyweight World Championship.
â€œThe message I want to send in this fight with Derrick Lewis is that I want to be the Bellator Heavyweight World Champion,â€ said Santos. â€œI respect everyone I fight, but I want the title. My intention is to finish Derrick by knockout or submission to let everyone know that I_m coming for the belt.â€
Entering Bellator with an impressive 8-1 record, including a spotless mark of 3-0 in Vale Tudo fights, Santos is ready to make a name for himself in the Bellator cage, and with heavyweights like Neil â€œGoliathâ€ Grove, Blagoi Ivanov, Ron â€œThe Monsterâ€ Sparks and current Bellator Heavyweight World Champion Cole â€œThe Polar Bearâ€ Konrad standing in his way, Santos knows he has a tough road ahead of him.
â€œI_m extremely excited to be fighting on national television in the United States for the first time on MTV2,â€ said Santos. â€œThis is a huge opportunity for my young career, and I feel like this fight is going to be the first on my way to the Bellator Heavyweight World Championship.â€
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