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Giva Santana Signs for Bellator’s Middleweight Division

Written on August 17, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Giva "The Arm Collector" Santana has just been added to Bellator's 185-pound middleweight division.

’s officials recently announced that Givanildo “The Arm Collector” Santana just signed for the Fighting Championships’ middleweight division. Giva is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt holder from California, and the head trainer of Team Oyama. He received the nickname “The Arm Collector” because almost all of his victories came via armbar.

According to the officials, the debut date and opponent for have already been finalized. However, they confirmed that the fighter will not be a part of their next month’s season-five middleweight tournament.

“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.”

For over 6 years in MMA fighting, Giva Santana only received a single loss — and that is via split decision to Jaime Jara last 2008. The pride of California has already fought under several renowned promotions, including EliteXC, M-1 Challenge and Tachi Palace Fights. His recent victory was over former WEC champion, Doug Marshall, in the Tachi Palace Fights 10.

Giva Santana is indeed one of today’s best fighters who signed for Bellator. In fact, his skills and talent are highly acclaimed by Bjorn Rebney, Bellator Chairman and CEO. “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.

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