SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — It’s been eight months since we last saw Brazilian lightweight Leonardo Santos fight.
Last time out, Santos (18-5-1) found himself entangled by Clay Guida. For a black belt 4 in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the loss is just a bit of a sting. He explained at UFC 278 media day on Wednesday that it wasn’t just being picked in a BJJ fight.
“Of course, I think it’s more painful than in a jiu-jitsu match,” he told media including Cageside Press.
When asked if he prefers MMA or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Santos replied: “MMA is crazy. It’s crazy. It’s a different sport, you know. I think it’s hard, it’s hard to live without it. .”
However, how long he can endure is the real question. Santos, 42, will fight Jared Gordon this Saturday at UFC 278. It was a crucial battle for the Brazilian, who played two games.
“Everybody asks me this question,” Santos noted. “I say this: if I’m happy, if I want to pay the price to be with young people, try to kill myself every day, like two or three times a day, in the middle of the night, lose weight – if I’m happy, why should I stop ?”
“What should I do if I don’t?” he added.
Watch Leonardo Santos’ full UFC 278 media day rally above.