Santos entered the Branch fight on a four-fight win streak, all of which were by knockout. He also entered the bout as the better striker, but still got viciously knocked out in the first round.
Another setback for ‘Maretta’ after working so hard for that win streak, so it’s back to the drawing board for him. He no doubt has some of the most brutalizing at 185 pounds, but he’s also shown a propensity to lose in big spots against big competition who pressures him.
A fight against a middle-of-the-pack middleweight, where Santos seem to stand at all times, would make sense for the Brazilian slugger.