One of MMA's most prolific prospects, Luis "Sapo" Santos (48-6 MMA, 0-0 BFC) will make his big-show debut at Bellator 45 against judoka Nicolae Cury (4-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC).
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Featuring a pair of season-four tournament finals, Bellator 45 takes place at L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, La.
As with all of Bellator's season-four events, Bellator 45 airs on MTV2.
Santos, a Finney's MMA product carries a seven-fight win streak into the machup and has won 11 of his past 12 bouts. Fighting professionally since 2000, Santos has 54 documented contests and 36 stoppage wins.
In 2008, Santos was given a one-fight look by the WEC, but a loss to Alex Serdyukov on the WEC 34 prelims sent "Sapo" back to the Brazilian regional circuit.
A black belt in both Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo, Cury is the lead judo instructor for American Top Team's flagship camp in Coconut Creek, Fla.
Cury made his professional debut with a submission win over Jorge Nouchat at the October 2008 "Elite XC: Heat" event that saw Seth Petruzelli knock out Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson. He then went on to fight three times under the Florida-based Art of Fighting promotion before his most recent outing, a decision win over Frank Carrillo for RadRok MMA Championship.