Thiago Santos doesn’t seem too happy with his performance in the UFC Vegas 13 main event.
‘Marreta’ was returning to action after a 16-month layoff, which included surgeries on both knees after a close split-decision loss to then-champion Jon Jones, when he agreed to face the Longtime veteran Glover Teixeira in a five-round clash on Nov. 7.
Santos rocked and dropped Teixeira early in the first round at UFC APEX, but was unable to stop his teardowns. “Marreta” was saved by the bell in the second stanza after Teixeira had her in a bareback choke, and once again rocked her compatriot Brazilian in the third before finally hitting a choke later in it. tower.
The native of Rio de Janeiro issued a brief statement on his social media on Sunday, expressing his gratitude to his coaching staff and apologizing for his performance.
“I’m totally disappointed and embarrassed with my performance, I didn’t do anything that I trained, I choked, I wasn’t the fighter I am,” Santos wrote in Portuguese. “I apologize to my coaches and my team and thank everyone for their efforts, you are awesome.
“Thank you all for always being by my side. I’m sorry I let you down this time. Thank you my God for absolutely everything in my life. I am more than blessed and I don’t even know if I deserve that much, my faith in you is unwavering.
Santos, who previously competed as a welterweight on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 in 2013 and started his UFC run as a middleweight, was 3-0 in the 205-pound weight class before challenging “Bones” in July 2019.
Teixeira will be hoping to be next in contention for new light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz after securing his fifth straight Octagon victory, which includes a fifth-round stoppage against Anthony Smith.