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Elizeiu Zeleski dos Santos

Elizeiu Zeleski dos Santos

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos got his call to join the UFC as a backup fighter for Josh Koscheck at UFC Fight Night 62.

“The week of (the event) which was held in Rio de Janeiro, I was notified that I would be ‘plan B’ against Erick Silva,” dos Santos told MMAjunkie. “That was in case Koscheck didn’t have enough time to get a work visa for Brazil.”

Already a titleholder in Brazil’s Jungle Fight promotion, dos Santos had a quick decision to make. He chose to vacate his title and wait for the call that could change his career. Only, it never came.

“Koscheck was able to fight,” dos Santos said. “I remained under contract with the UFC.”

The deal led to a debut under much better circumstances, with dos Santos booked opposite Nicolas Dalby at UFC Fight Night 67. But after three rounds, Dalby took home a split-call win, leaving dos Santos wondering when his breakthrough would come.

A subsequent elbow surgery pushed back his next UFC fight and upped the chance for cage rust.

With a booking at tonight’s UFC on FOX 19 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., dos Santos (14-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) hopes his moment is now. He opens up the card on UFC Fight Pass before the rest of the event on FOX.

“My learning experience is that I have to go after victory with more zeal,” he said. “We never know what will happen when it goes to the judges. So we have to either win by stoppage, or at least dominate 70 percent or more of every round.”

That’s pretty much what the UFC tells every single fighter on the roster to chase, regardless of how realistic it is every time they step into the octagon. But against his second UFC opponent, Omari Akhmedov (15-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC), he might not have a choice.

Akhmedov has stopped seven opponents via knockout, including his first UFC opponent, Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo. But he was also stopped in his most recent bout against “TUF: Brazil” finalist Sergio Moraes.

“He’s extremely tough,” dos Santos said of his opponent, whom he faces on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed prelims. “He comes from a place, (Dagestan), that has many great fighters. His two UFC losses were to top opponents (Gunnar Nelson and Sergio Moraes). But that only motivates me. That’s the type of opponent I like to face.

“Our styles match up well. I’ll move forward the entire time. He likes to strike and to throw counters. That’s good for me. I like to bang it out, especially against top guys. If we hit the ground, I’ll submit him, no doubt. And if we’re standing, at the first opportunity, I’ll knock him out.”

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In a career forged in the cage, there is going to come a point where you experience defeat. For some, it comes early and often. For others, losses are few and far between. For an even more select group, they can be singular and isolated and come after a stretch of performances that lead a competitor to feel indestructible.Given everything that has happened in the nine months since Bethe Correia shared the Octagon with Ronda Rousey at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we’ve reached a point where the heated rivals could probably relate to each other a little more now. Heading into the cla … Read the Full Article Here

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Video: Uriah Hall looks absolutely terrifying leading into UFC 198 bout with Anderson Silva
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Former TUF runner-up and current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight contender Uriah Hall will be given the opportunity of a lifetime when he meets mixed martial arts (MMA) legend and former UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva …

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Here's what the star-studded UFC 200 lineup looks like so far
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The monumental card features two title bouts (one interim), a few No. 1-contender fights and a couple dream matchups for hardcore fans. So let's dig into the 10 fights announced for what is shaping up to be one of the more talent-filled events in UFC
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Andre Ward did what he was supposed to do — even coming off a nine-month layoff.

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Daily Mail
Ronda Rousey looks biker chic as the UFC fighter grabs coffee
Daily Mail
The Californian, who is worth an estimated $9 million, became a national icon due to her exploits as the UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, and she managed to win her first 12 fights in the circuit by stoppage. However, much of the hype has died down …
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UFC Looks at WNY Event After Legislature OK's MMA Bill
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York's Assembly voted 113-25 Tuesday to legalize mixed martial arts, clearing the way for fights late this year and expanding the combat sport into the last state to still prohibit it. Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports legalizing the …

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The last time Thales Leites was in London on business, it was a turning point in his career. This Saturday, when he returns to the O2 Arena, he hopes for a similar result when he faces Gegard Mousasi in the UFC FIGHT PASS co-main event.Back in 2008, Brazil’s Leites was an up and comer still finding his way in the UFC’s middleweight division when he met veteran Nate Marquardt, who was two fights removed from challenging Anderson Silva for the middleweight title. It was the ideal crossroads fight, and after three rounds that saw Marquardt lose two points for ille … Read the Full Article Here

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Conor McGregor looks mean after gruelling training session as he prepares for UFC 196 fight with Rafael dos Anjos
Daily Mail
Conor McGregor has served another reminder to Rafael dos Anjos that he is fully focussed on taking his belt on March 5. The Irishman posted a sweat-drenched photo after a training session on Thursday with the look of a man determined to add another UFC …
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MMA Website Looks at Why CM Punk vs Gall Might Be a Bad Idea, Forbes on Why Titus' Suspension Sends a Strange
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That is of course the sentiment felt by many MMA fans who have no interest in pro wrestling or knowledge of Punk. That's understandable. Punk doesn't have the amateur wrestling credentials or raw athleticism that made Brock Lesnar an intriguing MMA …

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