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.
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.
One of the best Jiu Jitsu practitioners in the UFC is Gillian Robertson. A star pupil of Din Thomas Robertson has been training Jiu Jitsu with Thomas since she was sixteen years old and it shows as she now holds the record for the most submission wins by a woman in UFC history with five. This is an amazing feat considering how many submission experts are on the UFC women’s roster past and present.
Robertson was born on May 17, 1995 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. She had no experience with martial arts growing up, but started taking Cardio Kickboxing at age 15. She’d then switch to MMA training and would learn her submission game from Thomas who was a trainer at American Top Team where Robertson was taking the classes. She is a Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu under Thomas and regularly competes in both Jiu Jitsu and combat Jiu Jitsu when not in an MMA cage.
Robertson made her professional MMA debut in March of 2016 when she faced Hannah Goldy. Unfortunately for Robertson it would be a loss, but she was not discouraged as she faced Monica Medina in August of that year and would win by unanimous decision. She’d win her next fight against Miki Rogers, securing the victory via Armbar. She’d then face Cynthia Calvillo and would lose by unanimous decision. She’d then face Hannah Cifers and would win via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in the second round. She’d then get the call to compete in the Ultimate Fighter. She’d fight once on the show against Barb Honchak and would lose via TKO (Punches and Elbows.)
Robertson would make her official UFC debut against Emily Whitmire on December 1, 2017. Robertson would win her debut, via Submission (Armbar.) She’d then face Molly McCann and would secure the win via Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke.) She’d then face Mayra Bueno Silva unfortunately for Robertson this would be her first loss in the UFC she’d lose by Submission (Ambar) in round one. She’d win her next two before taking another loss to Maycee Barber by TKO.
Robertson would then get back to her winning ways, securing two victories against Cortney Casey via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) and against Poliana Botelho via unanimous decision. She’d then drop two in a row before getting another win at UFC 269 earlier this month against Priscila Cachoeira via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) securing the victory even after receiving a nasty eye gouge while grappling.
Robertson is an exciting fighter to watch and hopefully she can build on the momentum off the last fight was a nice win. We hope we see her continued success for years to come.