Thiago Santos
Marreta

Brazil

Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 7/1/2020
Both knees require surgery
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
July 17, 2019
Santos is scheduled to undergo surgery on both knees Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The main injuries suffered in his UFC 239 loss to Jon Jones occurred on the left knee of Santos, where he sustained damage to multiple ligaments and his meniscus. After another round of exams Monday, however, doctors ruled that a small procedure on his right meniscus would be necessary as well. Santos nearly stole a championship belt from Jones in their UFC 239 fight, earning many new fans with his resilient effort that outright puzzled his doctors. Those new fans will have to wait quite a while to see Santos back in the Octagon, as his projected absence could very well extend to the summer of 2020 due to the severity of the damage.
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Dealing with major knee ligament damage
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
July 8, 2019
Santos tore his left ACL, MCL, PCL and meniscus in his right knee and also sustained partial ligament damage to his right knee along with an injury to his left hand Saturday in his split-decision loss to Jon Jones at UFC 239 in Las Vegas, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
After nearly pulling off an upset win, Santos came up short in his quest and picked up some significant injuries along the way. He'll be facing a lengthy medical suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission and is not expected to return to the Octagon until at least mid-2020.
Out until mid-2020
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
July 8, 2019
Santos suffered a torn left meniscus against Jon Jones at UFC 239 on Saturday and is expected to remain out until the middle of 2020, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Following Santos' loss to Jon Jones, an MRI revealed that "Marreta" suffered multiple injuries, including a torn left meniscus. He's also dealing with damage to his right knee, which was surgically repaired earlier in 2019. Santas will undergo further testing to determine whether surgery is necessary, but he's not expected to return to the Octagon until mid-2020, per Cruz.
Medical suspension looming
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
July 8, 2019
Santos suffered a left hand and left knee injury at UFC 239 this past weekend and could face a medical suspension of up to six months, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
After nearly pulling off a monster upset over Jon Jones this past weekend, Santos will now have to undergo an X-ray on his left hand and an MRI on his left knee in an effort to be cleared by a doctor. If he is not cleared, Santos is facing a six-month medical suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Nearly shocks Jon Jones
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
July 6, 2019
Santos came up just short in his quest for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Jon Jones via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 47-48) at UFC 239 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Santos should be damn proud of his performance. Fighting the second half of the fight on one leg due to a knee injury, Santos came closer to taking the belt from Jones than any fighter since Alexander Gustafsson in September 2013. Santos peppered Jones with leg kicks in the early going, but he appeared to injure his knee on one of the attempts. The Brazilian was visibly limited the rest of the way, but he stood tall, kept Jones honest, and very nearly stole his gold despite the injury. The loss has to be bitterly disappointing for a guy who worked his whole life for this opportunity, but Santos earned a ton of fans on Saturday and raised his stock despite the setback.
Next up for Bones
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
March 27, 2019
UFC President Dana White told Brett Okamoto of ESPN that Santos will take on Jon Jones for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 239 on July 6 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Santos is certainly deserving of the opportunity after picking up three consecutive KO/TKO victories in the UFC, with each earning a post-fight bonus as well. The problem is, Jones will sport two-inch height and eight-inch reach advantages, in addition to being easily the toughest test for Santos to date. Over a respectable sample size, Santos actually owns a slight edge in striking volume, but he'll need to close the distance with quick combinations if he intends to land on Jones with regularity. Look for Jones to turn to his wrestling in this one if the door is open, as Santos sports just a 67 percent takedown defense. While Santos has plenty of fight-ending power in his hands, look for Jones to enter as a heavy betting favorite.