The PFL is set to showcase one of its most exciting events this Saturday, as Thiago Santos is set to make his debut against the reigning champion Rob Wilkinson.
Santos requested and received his withdrawal from the UFC to join the PFL. Numerous people were shocked by the announcement, but the Brazilian, who is 39 years old, stated he was interested in a new endeavor because he has very little time left.
“At this point in my career, I don’t have years and years to do something different,” Santos said on Just Scrap Radio on BJPENN.com. “I decided to do it at this moment and do something new, new goals, new projects. PFL gave me this opportunity which is why I’m here.”
Santos had no idea who he was going to fight in his premiere when he joined up with PFL to compete in the event. But after being offered the opportunity to compete against Wilkinson, the champion from the last year, he took advantage of the opportunity to show off his skills.
“I was open to fighting anyone, but it couldn’t be better. To get the last light heavyweight champion, I’m very excited about that,” Santos said. “A big fight, he’s a tough opponent and he’s making me very excited and working very hard.”
Santos, a Brazilian mixed martial artist, is known for his explosive striking ability and dynamic fighting style. He has amassed an impressive record of 22 wins and 11 losses in his professional career, with 15 of those wins coming by way of knockout. Whereas Wilkinson, an Australian fighter, has an impressive record of his own with 17 wins and 2 losses in his career.
The stage is set for an epic battle between two of the best fighters in their respective weight classes. Santos will be looking to make a statement in his debut and prove that he is a force to be reckoned with in the PFL.
Thiago Santos anticipates Rob Wilkinson primarily striking him during PFL 1, but he won't be shocked if the Australian attempts to wrestle. Santos is certain that his strength will prove to be too great and that he will ultimately defeat the Australian although if Wilkinson does engage in wrestling.
“He is a striker, he is aggressive. He moves forward and I like this kind of fight, it’s going to be fireworks,” Santos explained. “I’m going out there to win and I will do my best and I’m ready for that… I think he is going to strike with me, but I believe at some point he will try and take me down. But, no question, 100 percent, I can finish anyone. I can finish anyone, so it’s what I’m going to do.”
Santos is aware of finishing Wilkinson will put him in a good position to win the tournament this year. He is also aware of how important it's going to be to his reputation and himself financially if he wins the belt and the $1 million.
“Man, it will be good for my family. Become the PFL light heavyweight champion, have my belt, and get $1 million. That’s it,” Santos said.
As fight night approaches, anticipation and excitement are building for what promises to be an unforgettable battle between two of the best fighters in the world. Don't miss out on the action – tune in to the PFL this Saturday to witness Thiago Santos and Rob Wilkinson go head-to-head in what is sure to be a classic encounter.