The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil season 2 winner Leonardo Santos is riding the high of winning the season’s welterweight tournament and earning a six-figure UFC contract. While he was successful at welterweight on the show and even holds a jiu-jitsu win over UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Santos said after UFC on FUEL TV 10 that his days at 170-pounds could be very limited if the UFC allows him to move down a weight class.
“That is a question that I’m going to have to talk to my camp and to see what they find the best for me,” Santos said at the post-fight press conference, via MMA Junkie. “I like this class because I don’t need to be hungry to get my weight. It was very easy to make weight. But we need to think about the future, what’s going to be best.”
Like many TUF competitors do, Santos moved up a weight class for a chance to compete on the show.
Now that he has taken full advantage of the opportunity despite being matched up with much bigger men like his finale opponent William Patolino, he understands that his lankier frame could be best suited to support 155-pounds.
Of course, Santos is now under contract with the UFC, so he is willing to do whatever they want. If it is welterweight, there would also be a silver lining.
“I’m going to talk to my coaches, and they’re going to talk to the UFC and see what is best,” Santos said. “If they allow me to go down, I probably will go down, but if I have to fight here, I just get to eat a little bit more.”
It was hard to watch the finale and not think how much bigger Patolino was than Santos, but he was still able to come out on top. If he was fighting guys his own size, the jiu jitsu ace could make become a serious threat with his rare set of ground skills.
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