|Weight Class||Featherweight (145 lbs.)|
|Height||5' 8" (173cm)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai|
|Birth Date||March 8, 1977|
|Fighting Out Of||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Marlon Sandro Pictures||Official Website|
Marlon Sandro is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. He competes in the Featherweight division and is the current Featherweight King of Pancrase, as well as the Sengoku Featherweight Champion.
He participated in World Victory Road's Featherweight tournament, losing a controversial split decision to Michihiro Omigawa, but went on to win his next two all in a decisive manner, earning a shot at the Sengoku Featherweight title, which he won in less than 40 seconds with a KO (Punch).
|Record||24 - 5 - 0 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Loss||Magomedrasul Khasbulaev||TKO (Punches)||Bellator 92: Khasbulaev vs. Sandro||3/7/2013||3||2:38||Bellator Season Eight Featherweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||Akop Stepanyan||Decision (Majority)||Bellator 88: Shlemenko vs. Falcao||2/7/2013||3||5:00||Bellator Season Eight Featherweight Tournament Opening Round|
|Win||Dustin Neace||Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)||BFC: Bellator Fighting Championships 81||11/16/2012||1||2:05|
|Loss||Daniel Straus||Decision (Unanimous)||BFC: Bellator Fighting Championships 68||5/11/2012||3||5:00||Bellator Season Six Bantamweight Tournament Final|
|Win||Alexandre Bezerra||Decision (Split)||BFC: Bellator Fighting Championships 64||4/6/2012||3||5:00||Bellator Season Six Featherweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||Roberto Vargas||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||BFC: Bellator Fighting Championships 60||3/9/2012||1||3:35||Bellator Season Six Featherweight Tournament Opening Round|
|Win||Rafael Dias||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||BFC: Bellator Fighting Championships 58||11/19/2011||1||3:56|
|Loss||Pat Curran||KO (Head Kick)||BFC: Bellator Fighting Championships 48||8/20/2011||2||4:00||Bellator 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Final|
|Win||Nazareno Malegarie||Decision (Unanimous)||BFC: Bellator Fighting Championships 47||7/23/2011||3||5:00||Bellator 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||Genair da Silva||Decision (Split)||BFC: Bellator Fighting Championships 46||6/25/2011||3||5:00||Bellator 2011 Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Loss||Hatsu Hioki||Decision (Unanimous)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Soul of Fight||12/30/2010||5||5:00||Lost Sengoku Featherweight Championship|
|Win||Masanori Kanehara||KO (Punch)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championship 13||6/20/2010||1||0:38||Won Sengoku Featherweight Championship|
|Win||Tomonari Kanomata||KO (Punch)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championship 12||3/07/2010||1||0:09|
|Win||Yuji Hoshino||KO (Punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 11||11/07/2009||1||2:33|
|Loss||Michihiro Omigawa||Decision (Split)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9||8/02/2009||3||5:00||Sengoku Featherweight Grandprix Third Round. Scores were 30-30, 30-30, 30-29 Sandro (i.e. majority draw) but the judges with draws selected Omigawa in a "must decide" decision, giving him the "must decide split decision" 2-1|
|Win||Nick Denis||KO (Punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 8||5/02/2009||1||0:19||Sengoku Featherweight Grandprix Second Round|
|Win||Matt Jaggers||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 7||3/20/2009||2||2:57||Sengoku Featherweight Grandprix Opening Round|
|Win||Masaya Takita||Decision (Unanimous)||Pancrase: Shining 9||10/26/2008||3||5:00||Won vacant Featherweight King of Pancrase|
|Win||Miki Shida||KO (Flying Knee and Punches)||Pancrase: Shining 2||3/26/2008||2||4:19|
|Win||Daiki Hata||Decision (Unanimous)||Pancrase: Rising 9||11/28/2007||3||5:00|
|Win||Marcos dos Santos||Decision (Unanimous)||Shooto Brazil 3: The Evolution||7/07/2007||3||5:00|
|Win||William Vianna||Decision (Unanimous)||Shooto: Brazil 2||3/24/2007||3||5:00|
|Win||Erinaldo Pitbull||Decision (Unanimous)||Shooto Brazil 1: The Return||12/03/2006||3||5:00|
|Win||Marcelo Ferreira||Decision (Unanimous)||MF 4: Minotauro Fights 4||8/04/2006||3||5:00|
|Win||Alexandre Aranha||KO||ACC 2: Arean Combat Cup 2||11/05/2005||1||2:20|
|Win||Fabricio Medeiros||Decision||Shooto: Brazil 8||4/30/2005||3||5:00|
|Win||Orley de Oliveira||KO (Punches)||Shooto: Brazil 7||3/19/2005||1||0:21|
|Win||Antonio Carlos Lima||Submission (Triangle Choke)||ACC 1: Arena Combat Cup 1||11/06/2004||2||N/A||Won Arena Combat Cup 1 Tournament|
|Win||Tatu Nunes||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||ACC 1: Arena Combat Cup 1||11/06/2004||1||N/A|
Mixed Martial Arts Career
Marlon Sandro made his professional mixed martial arts debut as part of a one-night four man tournament put on by the Arena Combat Cup on November 6, 2004. In his official MMA debut he defeated Tatu Nunes via rear naked choke in the first round and later than night he submitted Caca Lima via triangle choke to take the tournament.
Sandro's next seven fights came in Brazil with the majority of the bouts coming in the Brazilian branch of Shooto. Sandro defeated all seven opponents to push his record to an unblemished 9-0.
The undefeated start to his career earned him a call up to the Japanese Pancrase organization. He made his Pancrase debut at Pancrase: Rising 9 against future DREAM competitor, Daiki Hata. Sandro defeated Hata via unanimous decision after three rounds.
Four months later, Sandro knocked Miki Shida cold at another Pancrase event with a flying knee and follow up punches.
The impressive start to his Pancrase career earned Sandro a shot for the vacant featherweight King of Pancrase title at Pancrase: Shining 9 against Masaya Takita. The bout took place on October 26, 2008 and saw Sandro claim the title with a unanimous decision after three rounds.
In early 2009, Sandro was announced as one of 16 Featherweight (143 lbs.) competitors for Japan based, Sengoku's 16-man featherweight tournament.
He faced off against King of the Cage (KOTC) veteran, Matt Jaggers in the opening round at Sengoku: Seventh Battle. Sandro used his suffocating top control early as he grinded out the first round convincingly. It looked to be the same story in the second as Sandro began working his ground game. Jaggers desperately tried to get to his feet and managed to do so as Sandro worked an arm triangle choke. When the two returned to the feet, Sandro locked on the choke in the ring corner. Jaggers refused to tap and eventually lost consciousness giving Sandro the technical submission victory.
Sandro next faced off against King of the Cage Canada Bantamweight Champion, Nick Denis in the quarter finals of the tournament at Sengoku: Eighth Battle on May 2, 2009. At only 19 seconds of the first round, Sandro ended the fight by KO (Punches), moving on to the Semi-finals of the tournament. In the semi-finals, Sandro faced Michihiro Omigawa, who beat L.C. Davis and Nam Phan to make his way into the semi-finals. The bout went to the judges score cards and it was a very closely contested affair. The scores were 30-30, 30-30, 30-29 Sandro (i.e. majority draw), but the judges with draws selected Omigawa in a "must decide" decision, giving him the "must decide split decision" 2-1, handing Sandro his first career loss.
He returned to action at Sengoku: Eleventh Battle on November 7, 2009, where he faced off against Yuji Hoshino. Sandro ended the fight early in the first due to KO (Punches). He returned at Sengoku: Twelfth Battle in 2010, where he once again ended the fight by KO (Punch) at only 9 seconds over Tomonari Kanomata.
The impressive victories since the controversial loss to Michihiro Omigawa, Sandro earned a shot at Masanori Kanehara for the Sengoku Featherweight title. Sandro only needed 38 seconds to end the fight by way of KO (Punch), to earn the Featherweight strap.
Championships and Accomplishments
- Arena Combat Cup 1 Tournament Winner (2004)
- Featherweight King of Pancrase (2008)
- Sengoku Featherweight Championship (2010)