Bellator Fighting Championships continues to land some of the elite up-and-coming MMA fighters from around the world, landing Brazilian middleweight Giva Santana.
Santana is 16-1, including 12 victories by armbar, earning him the nickname of “The Arm Collector.” He is a third-degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, two-time Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Champion and has scored finishes in 15 of his 16 triumphs.
“A lot of fighters like to go out there and try to knock their opponents out as soon as they can, and that’s the same way I am with my submissions,” Santana said. “For me, to tap a guy out is the same feeling as the knockout. When a punch lands and you know you knocked your opponent out, I feel the same feeling when I lock up a submission on my opponent. I know right away that he’s going to tap, and it’s a great feeling.”
Bellator Chairman and CEP Bjorn Rebney was happy with the new signee.
“Giva is a special talent who has made a living off of incredible submission finishes, and in short order his submission skills will be on display for the world to see inside the Bellator cage,” Rebney said.