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Former UFC Contender Taila Santos Joins PFL, Eyes $1 Million Prize

Former UFC women’s flyweight title challenger Taila Santos has made a significant career move, joining the Professional Fighters League (PFL) after her departure from the UFC. Santos, a Brazilian fighter, had an interesting journey in the UFC, entering the organization through the Dana White Contender Series in late 2018.



Taila Santos


Despite a loss in her debut against Mara Romero Borella, Santos quickly rose through the ranks with a four-fight winning streak, defeating notable fighters like Molly McCann and Joanne Wood. Her impressive performance earned her a shot at the UFC flyweight title against then-champion Valentina Shevchenko in June 2022. Despite a competitive fight, Santos fell short, losing to Shevchenko by split decision in the co-main event of UFC 275.


Following her loss to Shevchenko, Santos faced Erin Blanchfield in Singapore last August, losing by unanimous decision. Despite being considered one of the top fighters in the flyweight division, Santos was unexpectedly released from the UFC shortly after her loss to Blanchfield.


Now, Santos is set to make her debut in the PFL, with her first fight expected to take place in May. The news of her signing with the PFL was first reported by OCP News and later confirmed by Santos on social media. In a statement, Santos expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to compete in the PFL.


"I received this contract and I am very grateful for the event for giving me this opportunity. I'm very happy and we're going forward with total focus," Santos said.

Santos is expected to compete in the PFL 2024 women’s flyweight season, where fighters have the chance to win $1 million. While the full roster of fighters for the tournament has not been announced, names like former Bellator flyweight champion Liz Carmouche and Dakota Ditcheva are expected to participate.

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