Daniel "Willycat" Santos


Stance: Orthodox
Division: Bantamweight
Height: 5' 7"
Reach: 67"
Leg reach: 37.00
Weight: 135 lbs.
Nationality: Uberaba, Brazil
Age: 27



Significant Strikes Attempted: 363
Significant Strikes Landed: 118


Takedowns Attempted: 6


Daniel Santos is an MMA fighter who has gained recognition for his UFC fights. He was born on April 15, 1979 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and began training in jiu-jitsu from the age of twelve. After being exposed to martial arts at a young age, he quickly realized the potential career opportunities that could be available to him if he dedicated himself to becoming a professional fighter.

Since 1996, Santos has been competing in several different disciplines such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). His most notable achievement thus far is winning gold at the 2004 Pan American BJJ Championship and silver at the 2007 World Cup BJJ Championship. In 2016, he made his debut with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) which saw him take home a unanimous decision victory over Willamy Freire. This win would mark his first official UFC fight night appearance and launch into further success within the promotion.

Since then, Santos has gone on to compete against some of the top names in MMA including Nate Diaz, Demian Maia and Alistair Overeem among many others. His record currently sits at 18 wins out of 22 bouts with 6 losses since entering the sport professionally two decades ago making him one of the most experienced fighters currently signed under UFC’s banner.. Although his last fight was a loss against Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos via submission due to rear naked choke back in 2018 – it doesn’t seem like this will be enough to put off future opponents as they know that they are facing someone who knows how to put up an impressive fight – no matter what kind of outcome might follow after it’s all done and said.

Outside of fighting inside octagon cage – Daniel is also passionate about being involved with charities including UNICEF-Brazil which help provides assistance for children living under poverty across Brazil & Latin America through health care programs & education initiatives amongst other things . Through his work & influence outside , Daniel hopes that it will provide those less fortunate than himself , more opportunities for them make their life better .

From humble beginnings – from only 12 years old when learning jiu-jitsu – till now , almost 35 years later , Daniel continues remain committed towards perfecting craft as an athletes while striving do good within society alongside using platform help promote positive messages & values within culture .

Fight History

Johnny Munoz
Daniel Santos: Winner
by Unanimous Decision in Round 3
Sat. Jun 03, 2023
UFC Fight Night: Kara-France vs. Albazi
John Castaneda
Daniel Santos: Winner
by KO/TKO in Round 2 @ 4:28
Sat. Oct 01, 2022
UFC Fight Night: Dern vs. Yan
Julio Arce
Daniel Santos: Defeated
by Unanimous Decision in Round 3
Sat. Apr 09, 2022
UFC 273: Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie