UFC Vegas 78: Luana Santos Shines in Debut, Lights Up TUF Champ Juliana Miller

Juliana Miller and Luana Santos, UFC Vegas 78
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 12: (L-R) Luana Santos of Brazil punches Juliana Miller in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 12, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Powers/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Luana Santos made her promotional debut at UFC Vegas 78 on Saturday night, paired up with recent Ultimate Fighter winner Juliana Miller.

The women’s flyweight match-up kicked off the Fight Night card, and found Miller looking to get back in the win column after a loss to Veronica Hardy earlier this year. At just 5-1, meanwhile, Santos rather surprisingly held a slight experience edge over “Killer” Miller, discounting her exhibition bouts on TUF.

Santos closed the distance right away getting after things kicked off in Saturday’s curtain jerker. She threw a ton of volume to eventually clinch up. They quickly separated and Miller still was coming after Santos. Miller however did walk into an overhand right that clearly had her hurt.

Miller was on weak legs, barely standing and at times leaning on the fence as Santos was spamming overhands landing damaging blows. Miller tried a guillotine but Santos defended that with ease. The brief time they went down didn’t last long. On the feet, Santos hurt Miller again with a right hand and Miller was shaken badly. Miller was just taking damage against the cage and could do nothing but cover up, taking it until the ref stepped in.

Official Result: Luana Santos def. Juliana Miller by TKO (punches), Round 1, 3:41