Thiago Santos


Teixeira fight being finalized
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 24, 2020
The UFC is finalizing a light heavyweight matchup between Santos and Glover Teixeira for November 7, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
This fight has been postponed two different times for issues surrounding both fighters and COVID-19. Santos most recently tested positive last week and was forced to cancel the scheduled October 3 bout in Abu Dhabi.
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Tests positive for COVID-19
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 15, 2020
Santos will not be able to fight in the October 3 bout against Glover Teixeira after testing positive for COVID-19, reports.
This bout was originally scheduled for Sept. 12, but Teixeira had a positive COVID-19 test. Now Santos' positive test has cancelled the new date of Oct. 3. It's not clear at this point whether the UFC will try to rebook this fight or find a new opponent for Teixeira on Oct. 3.
Sept. 12 fight likely pushed back
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 3, 2020
Santos will no longer face Glover Teixeira in a light heavyweight matchup scheduled for Sept. 12 following Teixeira's positive COVID-19 test, Raphael Marinho and Ana HIssa of Combate report.
Santos hasn't made the walk to the Octagon since a July 2019 loss to Jon Jones in which he suffered ligament damage in both knees. He'll have to wait just a bit longer for his return fight, though Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports that the UFC is targeting Oct. 3 for a possible rebooking, mirror the Saint Preux/Menifield situation that's scheduled to be resolved this Saturday. Santos had been listed as a (-225) betting favorite for a fight which will have significant title implications due to Jones vacating his 205-pound belt. The winner here could very will line up to face the winner of the Sept. 26 title fight between Dominick Reyes and Paulo Costa.
Facing Teixeira in September
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 7, 2020
Santos will take on Glover Teixeira in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC APEX in Las Vegas on September 12, reports.
Santos will be returning for the first time since he was barely defeated by Jon Jones in July of 2019. He has been on the sidelines since then, recovering from multiple knee surgeries. The 36-year-old had four consecutive wins prior to his loss to Jones, and could get right back in the title conversation with a victory over the streaking Teixeira.
Both knees require surgery
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 17, 2019
Santos is scheduled to undergo surgery on both knees Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
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.
Dealing with major knee ligament damage
Light HeavyweightUFC
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.
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.