Taila Santos came the closest anyone has ever come to taking Valentina Shevchenko’s belt in the UFC Women’s Flyweight division. The Brazilian who has a background in Muay Thai lands 51 percent of her strikes with ten of her wins coming by way of Knockout, but she has also Submissions in her arsenal of weapons with three of her wins coming by way of Submission she holds a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu but her striking is where she really shines.
Santos was born June 22, 1993 in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil she stands at 5’6 and has fought at both Bantamweight and Flyweight in her 21 fight career. She started training in martial arts at the age of 16 when she started training Muay Thai. She would soon be entered in a championship at Chute Boxe one of the most popular gyms in the country, she win this contest. It was then that she’d start taking Jiu Jitsu and would soon take the venture into MMA with the aid of her father. She would fight one non pro fight but would lose this contest.
Santos would make her professional debut in November of 2013 when she faced off against Josiane Nunes de Lima for the Striker’s House Cup Promotion winning the fight by decision. She’d then face off against Kessiny Mara winning the fight by TKO (punches.) In Santos’ next fight she’d face off against Geisyele Nascimento she’d win the fight by KO (head kick.) She’d win her next ten fights before fighting Laisa Coimbra for the vacant Aspera FC Bantamweight Championship she’d win this fight and the title before fighting on Dana White’s Contender Series Brazil 2 winning the bout by Unanimous Decision.
Santos first trip into the UFC Octagon would be in Febuary of 2019 when she faced off against Mara Romero Borella she’d lose the fight by Split Decision. She’d then face Meatball Molly winning the bout by Unanimous Decision. She’d then face UFC submission ace Gillian Robertson winning by Unanimous Decision. MMA legend Roxanne Modafferi would be up next and Santos would again rise to this Occasion and would beat the “Happy Warrior.” She’d then face Joanne Wood where she would get her first UFC finish with a victory by Rear-Naked Choke. She’d then face Women’s Flyweight G.O.A.T. Valentina Schevchenko losing the bout by Split Decision, in the hardest contest she’s faced at 125.
Santos has a promising future in the UFC, I’d definitely love to see her run it back with Schevchenko in the future.
One of the most promising fighters to ever come off of Dana White’s Contender Series is Maycee “The Future” Barber who is riding a two fight win streak after her win against Montana De La Rosa at UFC Vegas 53 a few weeks ago and sports an impressive 10-2 record in her young MMA career and is currently ranked in the top 15 of the Flyweight division, and she could be at the top of the division in the very near future if she chooses the right fights.
Barber was born in Greeley, Colorado on May 18, 1998. When Barber was younger she had one dream of becoming an MMA fighter. Her parents got behind her dream and let her pursue it with the best training imaginable driving her and her brother who is signed with Bellator all over the country to train with the hopes of them getting skilled enough to take the least amount of Damage. Barber would earn her Black Belt in Karate and currently holds a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. After securing one amateur MMA victory Barber would turn her sights on making MMA her profession
Barber would make her Professional MMA debut in June of 2017 in The Legacy Fighting Alliance. She’d earn the victory against Itzel Esquivel via Submission (armbar.) She’d then face Mallory Martin in September of 2017 winning the bout via Unanimous Decision. Kaila Thompson would be next for Barber who would secure the victory via Submission (rear-naked choke) at LFA 33. Barber would then face Audrey Perkins in May of 2018, at LFA 39 by way of TKO (punches and elbows.) She’d then get the call to fight on Dana White’s Contender Series.
Barber debuted on the National stage when she’d fight Jamie Colleen winning the three round contest by TKO (elbows.) She’d make her official UFC debut in November of 2018 when she’d face off against Hannah Cifers, winning the bout by TKO (elbows and punches) in the second round. She’d then face JJ Aldrich winning the bout by TKO (Knees and punches) in March of 2019. Barber would then face Submission Specialist Gillian Robertson, barber would win the contest by TKO (punches.) She’d then drop two contests in a row, the first to MMA veteran Roxanne Modafferi and the second to Alexa Grasso. She’d win her next two bouts to Miranda Maverick and Montana De La Rosa both by Decision.
Barber is set to take on Jessica Eye at UFC 276 in Las Vegas. We’re excited to see how this one shakes out for Barber.
Hannah Goldy will return to the UFC Octagon on Saturday Febuary 26th when she faces off against Jinh Yu Frey. Goldy has had a rough go in her early UFC career, but she was able to get back into the win column in her last bout and will hope to make it two in row when she fights again.
Goldy is a New Englander who grew up in the Green Mountains of Vermont. While growing up she Snowboarded and ran Track and Cross Country. She’d eventually moved to New York City where she caught a glimpse into the world of fighting when she saw a boxing match. She’d originally try boxing before switching to Muay Thai. She would win all of her fights in those two disciplines before switching to MMA.
Goldy would make her amateur MMA debut against Jenn Conaway for the Breakthrough MMA promotion. She’d win that fight by Unanimous Decision. Caitlin Simmons would be next for Goldy in June of 2015 winning by Submission (Guillotine Choke.) Kayla Stricker would be next for Goldy; the bout would be the only loss in Goldy’s amateur career. Goldy would then move on to fight professionally. She’d make her pro debut against future friend and future UFC fighter Submission specialist Gillian Robertson. She’d win the bout and would win her next three fights.
After her successful start to her MMA career Goldy would then get the call to fight on Dana White’s Contender Series. Goldy’s opponent would be Kali Robbins and Goldy would get the win by Unanimous Decision. She’d then face Miranda Granger in her UFC debut. Goldy would lose the bout by Unanimous Decision. She’d then face Diana Belbita and unfortunately would lose the bout again by Unanimous decision. Goldy would then face Emily Whitmire in September of last year she’d win the fight by Submission (Armbar.)
We hope Goldy gets another win when she faces off against Jinh Yu Frey.
If you’re in the MMA world and haven’t heard of UFC Bantamweight, Sean O’Malley you need to get out from under the rock you’ve been living under. The 26 year old Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt has taken the MMA world by storm and in a world where Conor Mcgregor’s stock is trending down it appears O’Malley’s is definitely going up, and is poised to be the UFC’s next star. Whether it’s his 6ix9ine-like rainbow hair, him actually hanging with 6ix9ine and getting a ‘69’ tattoo, or him getting a tattoo of himself. O’Malley polarizes MMA fans like no other star in the sport of recent memory.
O’Malley was born in Helena, Montana on October 24, 1994 where he grew up and started fighting. O’Malley got his nickname ‘Sugar’ from a coach in Montana who said it was because O’Malley was “Sweet to watch. The name stuck and O’Malley Currently sells merchandise that sports the ‘Sugar’ name.
O’Malley moved from Montana after his first five fights to South Dakota, and eventually found himself in Arizona where he now resides and trains. O’Malley trains at the MMA Lab under head trainer John Crouch. O’malley got his start on Dana White’s contender series where he won via Knockout and was offered a UFC contract by UFC boss, Dana White. White was blown away by O’Malley and has used the UFC’s marketing machine to promote the fighter, putting him on the best cards, giving the young fighter as much exposure as he can.
Most recently White put O’Malley on the UFC 264 card which was headlined by the biggest fight of the year, McGregor vs. Poirier 3. O’Malley was supposed to face Louis Smolka but Smolka pulled out due to injury. Kris Muhtino filled in making his UFC debut. O’Malley put on a dominating performance eventually winning by TKO in round three, and earning the fight of the night bonus. O’Malley landed a whopping 230 strikes, tripling Muhtino’s 70 strikes. A True offensive clinic.
We have yet to really see what O’Malley can do, but the young fighter definitely has a bright career in front of him.
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