Thiago Santos is ready to turn things around at UFC Vegas 59 against Jamahal Hill. The former title challenger has lost three of his last four fights after blowing out his left knee against Jon Jones. ‘Marreta’ is less than a week away from its main event and looks to be in great shape.
At 38, Santos still trains with the American Top Team. “Marreta” has only recently fought in elite competition, and Hill is a rising contender in the light heavyweight division. The Brazilian took to Twitter to post photos of his final preparations with the caption:
“A trabalho de casa foi feito! . #TeamMarreta The homework has been done!”
Check out Thiago Santos’ Twitter post below:
Despite his recent struggles, Santos has the power to turn off anyone’s lights. That said, Hill has won his last two fights by first-round knockout and is looking to do the same at UFC Vegas 59. “Marreta” is in a situation where he has to prove he can “hang on” with the elites of the world. division or risk being kicked out of the UFC.
Jamahal Hill is currently the betting favorite against Thiago Santos
Santos is at a crossroads in his career and the betting odds are against him. His loss count isn’t the issue as all of his opponents have been the crème de la crème, but his lack of aggressiveness and explosiveness is concerning, especially given his fighting style that relies on power and strength. ‘aggressiveness.
Meanwhile, Hill was humiliated against Paul Craig and bounced back with two first-round knockouts. ‘Sweet Dreams’ is currently a -260 betting favorite, with Santos as the +240 underdog, according to FightOdds.
The main event of UFC Vegas 59 is a huge opportunity for Hill. He is the No. 10 light heavyweight in the UFC, while Santos is No. 6. With a win, ‘Sweet Dreams’ could enter the top 5 now that Anthony Smith lost to Magomed Ankalaev.
Hill has a promising future, but Santos is still a dangerous opponent. Jamahal Hill can’t get too comfortable as the Brazilian has tremendous knockout power. If ‘Marreta’ loses on August 6, he could be on his way to retirement and moving on to the next phase of his career.