After knocking out Nate Marquardt at UFC 198 to earn his fourth straight UFC win, Thiago “Marreta” Santos called out a list of middleweight peers that ranged from then-contender Michael Bisping to up-and-coming Derek Brunson. As fate would have it, Brunson ended up having to drop out of his UFC 200 middleweight bout against Gegard Mousasi (38-6-2 MMA, 5-3 UFC). Enter the always game Santos (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC), who got his prayers for a “Fight of the Night” potential match-up answered in a big – if unexpected – way. With only three weeks to prepare, Santos still believes opportunity knocked at the right time. “This is the time,” Santos told MMAjunkie. “I’m at a very important moment of my career

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Thiago Santos in against Gegard Mousasi at UFC 200, confident in spite of short notice: ‘This is the time’ – MMA Junkie

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