Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Capoeira

Brazil

Out
Injury Suspension
Est. Return 4/8/2023
Hit with one-year suspension
WelterweightUFC
Out
September 21, 2022
Zaleski has been handed a one-year suspension by the USADA after failing an out-of-competition drug test for ostarine, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Zaleski denies using the banned substance, but the positive result forced him to withdraw from a planned bout with Mounir Lazzez that was supposed to be on April 16 in Las Vegas. Zaleski is looking at not being able to compete in the Octagon until April of 2023.
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Withdraws from UFC Vegas 51 bout
WelterweightUFC
Out
April 11, 2022
Zaleski dos Santos has withdrawn from his upcoming welterweight matchup with Mounir Lazzez at UFC Vegas 51 due to personal reasons, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's not exactly clear what prompted Zaleski dos Santos to withdraw less than a week before the scheduled fight, but nevertheless, he won't be stepping into the Octagon against Lazzez on April 16. The UFC has yet to find a replacement opponent for Lazzez, so it's unclear at this time if the fight will remain a part of the card. Zaleski dos Santos will have to wait a little longer for his next fight, after last defeating Benoit Saint-Denis by unanimous decision in October of 2021.
Matched with Mounir Lazzez
WelterweightUFC
Out
February 8, 2022
Zaleski dos Santos (foot) will face Mounir Lazzez in a welterweight fight at the UFC's April 16 event, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Zaleski dos Santos has alternated wins and losses across his last five fights. He most recently beat Benoit St. Denis by unanimous decision in October, though he injured his foot in the process and was handed a six-month medical suspension. He's evidently been cleared to return slightly before that time period will elapse. He'll face an opponent in Lazzez who owns a 1-1 record thus far in his brief UFC career.
Slapped with 180-day medical ban
WelterweightUFC
Out
November 10, 2021
Zaleski dos Santos has been hit with 180-day medical suspension unless he's cleared by a magnetoencephalogram of his right foot and hand before then, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Zaleski dos Santos had no issue taking care of business against Benoit Saiint-Denis in Abu Dhabi on Saturday but was unable to escape injury along the way. He'll be sidelined until mid-May, at the earliest, if he can't gain early clearance.
Easily handles newcomer
WelterweightUFC
Out
October 30, 2021
Zaleski dos Santos defeated Benoit Saint-Denis via unanimous decision (29-26, 29-26, 29-26) at UFC 267 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Zaleski dos Santos looked excellent, as usual, and almost certainly would have earned the stoppage win if the official was anyone other than the incompetent and since-sidelined Vyacheslav Kiselev. The opening frame was fairly close, but the Brazilian unloaded with everything but the kitchen sink in Round 2. He wasn't able to get Saint-Denis out of there, but that was Kiselev's doing more than anything else. Kiselev continued his antics in Round 3, taking a point from Zaleski dos Santos for a minor groin strike without so much as even a warning, but this fight was already over in terms of the scorecards. Zaleski dos Santos has now alternated wins and losses in his past four fights, which simply isn't good enough for a guy with his abilities. Perhaps this dominant effort will be the start of an extended winning streak.
To return at UFC 267
WelterweightUFC
Out
October 11, 2021
Zaleski dos Santos will take on UFC newcomer Benoit Saint-Denis in a welterweight matchup at UFC 267 on Oct. 30 in Abu Dhabi, Marcelo Barone of Combate reports.
ANALYSIS
Zaleski dos Santos hasn't fought since July of 2020 when he lost to Muslim Salikhov via split decision, and he later withdrew from a matchup against Shavkat Rakhmonov the following September. Now presumably healthy, the UFC will hand him an undefeated newcomer in Saint-Denis who has finished each of his last four fights under the banner of Brave CF. Once a highly-regarded up-and-comer, Zaleski dos Santos desperately needs to bounce back to regain that status after losing two of his last three.