Report: With Brunson out, Thiago Santos fights Gegard Mousasi at UFC 200

Brazilian middleweight contender Thiago Santos asked and it looks like he shall receive. MMA Fighting reports that “Marreta” has agreed to fight Gegard Mousasi…

By: Mookie Alexander | 7 years ago
Report: With Brunson out, Thiago Santos fights Gegard Mousasi at UFC 200
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Brazilian middleweight contender Thiago Santos asked and it looks like he shall receive. MMA Fighting reports that “Marreta” has agreed to fight Gegard Mousasi on the UFC 200 preliminary card on Saturday, July 9th. Portal do Vale Tudo had the initial story. UFC officials have not finalized the bout, but an announcement is expected to be made shortly. Santos would be replacing Derek Brunson, who withdrew from the card due to undisclosed reasons.

Santos (13-3) has won his last 4 bouts, with 3 of them coming by way of knockout. He easily dispatched Nate Marquardt at UFC 198, but his best win is a unanimous decision against then-unbeaten Elias Theodorou in December 2015. Santos has won 3 of his 5 UFC fights with body or head kick knockouts. Once news of Brunson’s withdrawal went public, Santos immediately asked for the fight on Twitter.

Mousasi vs. Santos is expected to headline the UFC Fight Pass portion of what is a stacked UFC 200 pay-per-view extravaganza in Las Vegas, Nevada. Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2 tops the billing, Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt is set as the co-headliner, while Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar II, and Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes are the other two of three title fights slated for this event.

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