Evangelista Santos

Brazilian retired mixed martial artist.

Evangelista Santos
a Brazilian retired mixed martial artist Source: MMA Mania

Evangelista Santos is a Brazilian retired mixed martial artist who came to public attention in 2016 after receiving a hard knee to the forehead that caused a dent. Additionally, His thrilling fighting style has seen 24 of his 39 career fights end in knockouts, and he is well-known for it.

Evangelista Santos | Early Life And Family

A Brazilian retired mixed martial artist, Evangelista Santos was born on December 12, 1977, in Rondonopolis, Brazil.

Furthermore, His parents’ identities are unfortunately not currently known. And just like this, nobody knows where his brothers are.

Santos did not grow up in a very secure environment; when he was 12 years old, he was introduced to cockfighting, which was common and still legal in Brazil at the time.

Moreover, He spent five more years training and caring for fighting roosters before starting his kickboxing training at the age of 18, which eventually lead him to vale tudo.

Santos was moreover a four-time Muay Thai national champion of Brazil.

Evangelista Santos | Age And Body Measurement

A Brazilian retired mixed martial artist, Evangelista Santos is currently 44 years old.

Additionally, He consequently represents the Sagittarius constellation, which is recognized for its energetic, outgoing, and other personalized features.

Moreover, Evangelista is one of the tallest athletes at 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) and 176 pounds (80 kg). He also participated in the light heavyweight, middleweight, and welterweight weight divisions.

Evangelista Santos | Personal Life

Evangelista has a track history of damaged relationships. Cristiane Justino, also known as Cris Cyborg, with whom he was married, is now his ex-wife.

Moreover, she is the same Cyborg that claimed victory in the UFC Featherweight Championship.

In addition, the couple had been wed for a long period. They remained together specifically from 2005 till 2011.

Evangelista Santos
Evangelista with his ex-wife Cris Cyborg Source: Google

It’s interesting to note that Cris chose her now-famous name, Cris Cyborg, at this point because Evangelista’s nickname was Cyborg.

But regrettably, for unknown reasons, the pair was unable to keep their romance going. Santos hasn’t been associated with anyone since that time.

Evangelista Santos | Career

Early Career

When he turned professional at the age of 20, Santos started out 2-0 before meeting the great Brazilian boxer Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons, who he ultimately lost to via TKO.

Before rejoining Brazil’s Jungle Fight, Santos won his first two fights with the British Cage Rage promotion by knockout over Michal Materla, the eventual KSW Middleweight Champion.

This was Materla’s lone knockout loss in his professional career to that point. After that, Santos engaged in a contest for the Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Championship with Dutch kickboxer Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef.


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Similarly, Santos was knocked out in the end, but the two engaged in an extremely fascinating fight.

Before making his PRIDE FC debut, Santos won his next two contests, including a majority decision victory over future UFC veteran Francis Carmont.

PRIDE Fighting Championships

In his PRIDE FC debut battle in Japan against submission specialist Kazuhiro Nakamura, Santos was defeated by keylock submission.

In his subsequent contest with the Japanese organization, Santos submitted Yosuke Nishijima, a Japanese professional boxer, with a rear-naked choke.

World Victory Road

In a rematch for the Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Championship, Santos was defeated by James Zikic, and Santos was chosen as the victor by a unanimous vote.

Similarly, Santos lost his subsequent fight by TKO against Armenian star Gegard Mousasi before making his debut in World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships against Makoto Takimoto.

Through an Achilles lock, Takimoto prevailed. Santos competed once more for the Japanese organization before sustaining an arm injury and losing by TKO to future UFC veteran Siyar Bahadurzada.


Santos lost against James Zikic in a rematch for the Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight Championship, although Santos was declared the winner by a unanimous vote.

Before making his debut in World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships against Makoto Takimoto, Santos lost his subsequent fight by TKO against Armenian superstar Gegard Mousasi.

Takimoto won thanks to an Achilles lock. Before suffering an arm injury and losing by TKO to future UFC veteran Siyar Bahadurzada, Santos participated one more for the Japanese promotion.

At Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson, Santos was scheduled to face Paul Daley but was forced to pull out due to a shoulder injury.

Similarly, On September 10, 2011, Santos fought Strikeforce rookie Jordan Mein at the Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov event.

Furthermore, Santos has now lost four times in his previous six fights after “Cyborg” was defeated by Mein in the third round by TKO due to elbows after a hard back-and-forth battle.

Moreover, Santos asked for his release from Strikeforce to resume fighting after a protracted absence. He got what he wanted.

Legacy Fighting Championship

On February 1, Pete Spratt and Santos were supposed to fight at Legacy Fighting Championship 17. Dan Hornbuckle took Santos’ place after he had to abandon the battle due to injury.

On January 22, 2016, Santos made a comeback to the sport by taking on Artenas Young in the main event of Legacy Fighting Championship 50. There was a unanimous decision to name him the winner.

Gringo Super Fight

In a rematch from 2006, Santos made his GSF debut on April 28, 2014, against Melvin Manhoef.

After losing to Manhoef in their previous meeting, Santos was knocked out in the first round this time. Soon after the bout, Santos made his retirement announcement.


On March 1, it was announced that Santos has agreed to a multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA.

Furthermore, Santos defeated Brennan Ward via first-round submission on April 22 in the main event of Bellator 153, making his professional MMA debut.

On May 14, 2016, Santos agreed to compete against Saad Awad at Bellator 154, however, he was unsuccessful.

Evangelista Santos
a Brazilian retired mixed martial artist source: playersbio

Additionally, On July 16, 2016, Santos lost to Michael “Venom” Page and as a result, he fractured his frontal sinus. A flying knee caused Santos to lose consciousness.

Similarly, Santos resigned from his job in January 2017. In Curitiba, Brazil, he spent a year working as a coach. Beginning in 2018, he moved back to the USA and is now a coach at his own gym in Texas.

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Evangelista Santos | Net Worth & Salary

Furthermore, Evangelista competed in the highest division of professional boxing for 19 years.

Santos has accumulated a net worth of $500,000 as a result, while it may seem little considering his nearly two decades of devotion.

Contrarily, while Evangelista was at his best and competing for titles, MMA fighters were not paid as much.

In actuality, mixed martial artists still have to make do with meager salaries.

After that, Santos earned $17,000 for his eighth career fight, which took place at Bellator 154 versus Saad Awad. However, he would have collected an extra $17,000 if he had triumphed over Awad.

 Social Media Presence


When did Cyborg end his career?

After breaking his skull in his welterweight match against Michael Page in July 2016, Cyborg announced her retirement from the sport in 2017.

What is the estimated net worth of Cyborg?


What is the height of a cyborg?

5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m)

What is Evangelista Santos now engaged in?

After retiring, Evangelista Santos relocated back to Houston and began instructing both amateurs and professionals at his own gym in Texas.

Quick Facts:

Full Name Evangelista Santos
Birth Date December 12, 1977
Birth Place Rondonopolis, Brazil
Nick Name Cyborg
Religion Christian
Nationality Brazilian
Ethnicity Not available
Education Not available
Horoscope Sagittarius
Father’s Name Not available
Mother’s Name Not available
Siblings Not available
Age 44 Years Old
Height 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg)
Shoe Size Not available
Hair Color Not available
Eye Color Black
Body Measurement Not available
Build Muscular
Married  Divorced
Girlfriend No
 Former Spouse Cris Cyborg
Children No
Profession Mixed Martial Artist
Weight Division Light Heavyweight, Middleweight, Welterweight
Record 21-18-0
Net Worth  $500,000
Social Media Bellator MMA Instagram
Shoes Not available



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