Thiago Santos did what no one expected him to do at UFC 239. There, the Brazilian took on Jon Jones, and he had a ton of success and ended up winning the fight on one judge’s scorecards, making him the first person to so. And, to make it more impressive, “Marreta” was dealing with a bevy of injuries.
Reports came out from various places that Thiago Santos had torn every single ligament in his knee. And, he is set for surgery which will keep him out for the remainder of 2019, and through the middle of 2020. The reports say he will be out 8-12 months once he goes under the knife.
Although he did not win the fight, Santos was very pleased with his performance.
“The fight was going exactly as we trained,” Santos said at the post-fight press conference (h/t MMA Fighting). “It was a good fight. I was seeing everything, all of his strikes, and was conscious during the fight. My knee really bothered me during the fight. I did everything I could in the conditions I was. It’s a fight.
“We’re never 100 percent sure that we will win, but I’m satisfied. I left everything in there even after injuring my knee in the first round. I fought four rounds on a southpaw stance, unable to move like I usually move, unable to throw the strikes I usually throw.
“I didn’t shock the world because of those circumstances, but I did what I could do in those conditions and I’m satisfied.”
Whether or not he gets another shot at Jon Jones when he comes back is to be seen. But, the Brazilian gave “Bones” arguably the toughest fight of his career.