Experienced UFC lightweight Leonardo Santos has decided to retire from the sport of MMA following a recent defeat.
Santos, 42, confirmed his retirement via social media earlier this week.
Santos took his third consecutive defeat in August, suffering a unanimous decision loss against Jared Gordon in August. Prior bouts in his recent skid came against Grant Dawson and Clay Guida in 2021.
Santos made his pro debut in 2002, mostly fighting on the regional scene in Brazil. He built up his record for a decade, fighting in notable promotions along the way like Cage Warriors, Sengoku, and BAMMA.
The UFC career of Santos started in 2013, when he competed in season 2 of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.” He prevailed in the end of the reality show tournament, submitting William Macario in the grand final.
Santos fought infrequently for years on the UFC roster, although he consistently won in his appearances. By 2020, he had attained a six-fight winning streak after beating Roman Bogatov at UFC 251.