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Grizzled veteran will meet promising prospect when
Leonardo
Santos
takes on Grant
Dawson
as part of the
UFC on ESPN 21
undercard this Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las
Vegas.

Santos enters the cage with the wind of six straight victories in
his sails. The
Nova Uniao
-trained Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt last competed
at UFC 251, where he laid claim to a unanimous decision over
Roman
Bogatov
on July 11. Dawson, meanwhile, finds himself on a
seven-fight tear. The
Dana White’s Contender Series
graduate last appeared at UFC
Fight Night 172 on July 18, when he was awarded a unanimous verdict
over Nad
Narimani
.

As Santos and Dawson make their final preparations, a look at some
of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:

41: Years of age for Santos, who was born on Feb.
5, 1980 in Rio de Janeiro—some 6,200 miles from
Ultimate Fighting Championship
headquarters.

4,340: Days since Santos last experienced a
defeat. The Brazilian suffered his most recent professional setback
in a split decision loss to Kazunori
Yokota
at a Sengoku
event on May 2, 2009. Santos has compiled a 12-0-1 record in his 13
subsequent appearances, a March 2014 majority draw with Norman
Parke
the only blemish.

9: Santos victories by submission, accounting for
50% of his career total (18). His methods of choice: five
arm-triangle chokes, three rear-naked chokes and one triangle
choke. Santos owns three other wins by knockout, five more by
decision and another by disqualification.

81: Combined wins between the three men—Yokota,
Jean Silva
and
Takanori
Gomi
—who have beaten Santos. They sport a cumulative record of
81-36-6.

3: Takedowns conceded by Santos in his eight
appearances inside the Octagon. He has stopped 26 of the 29
attempts against him.

27: Years of age for Dawson, who was born in
Cambria, Wisconsin, on Feb. 20, 1994. “On Deadly Ground,” “Ace
Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Blue Chips,” “Blank Check” and “Reality
Bites” were the Top 5 movies at the domestic box office at the
time.

11: Dawson victories by submission, accounting for
69% of his career total (16). His methods of choice: nine
rear-naked chokes, one armbar and one triangle choke. Dawson also
holds three wins by knockout and two more by decision.

7: First-round finishes to Dawson’s credit. The
Glory MMA representative posted six of them in consecutive
appearances between Dec. 5, 2014 and Aug. 15, 2015.

6: Takedowns completed by Dawson in his unanimous
decision over Julian
Erosa
at UFC Fight Night 146 a little more than two years ago.
While it remains a high-water mark for “KGD,” he has executed
multiple takedowns in all four of his Octagon assignments.

1: Loss on the Dawson resume. He succumbed to
punches from Hugh Pulley
just 35 seconds into their encounter under the Kansas City Fighting
Alliance banner on April 30, 2016. Dawson has since rattled off
seven straight victories. Advertisement


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