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Wagnney Fabiano-Santos (born July 14, 1975 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He currently fights for the WEC, which is owned by Zuffa who also owns the UFC. He used to fight for the Renzo Gracie Academy (formerly the New York Pitbulls) of the International Fight League and was the final IFL Featherweight Champion.


Wagnney’s mix of his proficient striking ability and solid ground game is helping him grow into a well rounded and accomplished mixed martial artist. Wagnney has trained in Brazil with fellow teammates under Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and has been linked to Renzo Gracie’s Academy. He is also known to have coached Georges St. Pierre in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


On October 14 of 2006, Wagnney Fabiano stepped in to face off against Jeff Curran. Both fighters seemed overly tentative on the feet, and the fight largely consisted of grappling. Fabiano landed a few takedowns but offered little offence on the ground, being unable to improve his position. Curran came out firing in the third as he landed some good shots before they hit the canvas again. Even with Curran's third round, it appeared Fabiano would be ahead on takedowns on the scorecards. However the decision was announced, contentiously, in favor of Jeff Curran by split decision.

International Fight League (IFL)Edit

After losing a tight and somewhat controversial split decision to Jeff Curran, Fabiano ventured into the International Fight League. In his career there, he enjoyed four straight wins showcasing notable submission offence by ending each fight via submission in the first round. He then fought LC Davis and became IFL Featherweight Champion with a submission victory by armbar near the close of the first round. This was after dropping down to 145-pounds after defeating John Gunderson at 155-pounds in his previous IFL World Grand Prix fight. The victory over Gunderson was supposed to set up Fabiano for a match with the previously unbeaten Chris Horodecki, but Fabiano dropped down to 145-pounds in order to fight for the Featherweight Championship.

Wagnney Fabiano's next bout, and first IFL Featherwight title defense, came against Shad Lierley on April 4 2008 at; IFL - New Blood, New Battles 2. In what was dubbed as an archetypal fight between wrestler and brazilian jiu-jitsu expert, Fabiano won by knocking out Lierly at 0:37 of the first round. Fabiano displayed impressive standup skills, utilizing good leg kicks and bodyshots. Near the end of the round he threw a left jab which Lierly parried partially, but connected a flush right hook to knock out the challenger convincingly and conclude his first title defence. It also become his last and only defence of the IFL Featherwight championship as the company ceased operations on July 31 2008.

World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC)Edit

On August 22 of 2008, the WEC announced that it had signed the last remaining champion from the International Fight League (IFL). Wagnney Fabiano had signed with the Zuffa owned company, and has expressed interest in a matchup with former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber. Fabiano was quoted as saying, “[Urijah] Faber is the best of the world now. To beat him, I think you have to be in a good shape. He’s an expert fighter and he has good gas. It’s complicated to beat a guy like him. You have to set a good gameplan and be calm and watch the elbows, because if he hits you it can change the whole fight.” He has since had two straight wins in the WEC via submission and unanimous decision, which extends his undefeated streak to eight wins since his controversial split decision loss to WEC Bantamweight standout Jeff Curran.

Fabiano was scheduled to fight undefeated WEC newcomer Erik Koch on October 10th, 2009 at WEC 43.[1], but Koch was forced to withdraw due to an undislosed injury while training, he was replaced by Mackens Semerzier[2]. Fabiano was defeated by Semerzier by submission via triangle choke in the first round. Fabiano found himself on the wrong end of the Upset of the Year as a result of that submission loss. [1]

Fabiano was expected to face Frank Gomez on January 10, 2010 at WEC 46.[3], but Gomez has been forced out of the bout with an injury.[4] Fabiano instead faced Clint Godfrey, winning his bantamweight debut via unanimous decision.[5]

Fabiano is currently working as a trainer in Toronto, Canada's Grant Brothers MMA Gym.

MMA RecordEdit

Record Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
13-2 Win United States flag Clint Godfrey Decision (Unanimous) WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson 01/10/2010 3 5:00 United States flag Sacramento, California, USA Bantamweight debut
12-2 Loss United States flag Mackens Semerzier Submission (Triangle Choke) WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson 10/10/2009 1 2:14 United States flag San Antonio, Texas, USA
12-1 Win Brazil flag Fredson Paixao Decision (Unanimous) WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki 4/5/2009 3 5:00 United States flag Chicago, Illinois, USA
11-1 Win Japan flag Akitoshi Tamura Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) WEC 37: Torres vs. Tapia 12/3/2008 3 4:48 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
10-1 Win United States flag Shad Lierley KO (Punch) IFL: New Blood, New Battles 2 4/4/2008 1 0:37 United States flag East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA Defended IFL Featherweight Championship
9-1 Win United States flag LC Davis Submission (Armbar) IFL - World Grand Prix Finals 12/29/2007 1 3:38 United States flag Uncasville, Connecticut, USA Became First IFL Featherweight Champion
8-1 Win United States flag John Gunderson Submission (Guillotine Choke) IFL - World Grand Prix Semifinals 11/3/2007 2 1:53 United States flag Chicago, Illinois, USA
7-1 Win United States flag Erik Owings Submission (Armbar) IFL - Las Vegas 6/16/2007 1 0:58 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
6-1 Win United States flag Cam Ward Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) IFL - Connecticut 4/13/2007 1 3:24 United States flag Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
5-1 Win United States flag Ian Loveland Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) IFL - Atlanta 2/23/2007 1 0:59 United States flag Atlanta, Georgia, USA
4-1 Loss United States flag Jeff Curran Decision (Split) APEX: A Night Of Champions 10/14/2006 3 5:00 Canada flag Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
4-0 Win United States flag Bao Quach KO (Head Kick) APEX: Evolution 6/10/2006 1 4:50 Canada flag Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
3-0 Win United States flag Matt Fiordirosa Decision (Unanimous) Freedom Fight - Canada vs USA 1/14/2006 3 5:00 Canada flag Hull, Quebec, Canada
2-0 Win United States flag Tommy Lee Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) TKO 16: Infernal 5/22/2004 1 2:46 Canada flag Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Won TKO World Super-Lightweight Championship
1-0 Win Canada flag Ali Nestor Charles Decision (Unanimous) UCC 1: The New Beginning 6/2/2000 2 10:00 Canada flag Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won UCC Lightweight MMA World Championship


  • Third-Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Wendell Alexander and Andre Pederneiras.
  • Has also trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Renzo Gracie and Carlos Gracie (Jr.).
  • Member of 1997 BJJ World Champions team Nova Uniao.
  • Won five (5) state titles.
  • Three-time Brazilian National Champion.
  • Brazilian National Teams Champion.
  • Won Pan-Am '95.
  • Third Place in the world in Mundials '98.
  • 2004 Arnold Gracie Worlds Pro Division 2nd Place.
  • 2005 ADCC Quarter Finalist.
  • Won the NAGA, Grapplers Quest, and the Brazilian Abu Dhabi trials.


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