Thiago Santos Out For Rest of 2019 After Tearing All Ligaments In Left Knee At UFC 239

UFC light heavyweight contender Thiago Santos will be on the sidelines until early 2020 as an aftermath of his UFC 239 main event scrap with Jon Jones.

The Brazilian slugger almost pulled off a huge upset after taking the defending champion into an all-out five-round war.

With Santos displaying the heart of a warrior, fighting Jones with a busted knee, many fans thought he did enough to secure the victory.

But two ringside judges scored 48-47 in favour of Jones, giving him the split decision win to retain his light heavyweight title.

Despite the loss, Santos’ team was proud of the Brazilian’s performance and for pushing Jones to his limit, considering he had undergone a right knee surgery months before the fight.

According to Monday’s MRI results, “Marreta” also sustained multiple ligaments tear on his left knee, which will put him in fighting hiatus for at least eight months.

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Santos told reporters in the post-fight interview that he could have landed better strikes had his knees remained healthy during the fight.

“The first round wasn’t anything Jon Jones did to me,” he said, via MMA Junkie.

“I felt the knee go out and it really bothered my fight. Everyone saw I did everything I could fighting on a bum knee and I fought the whole fight like that.”

“I managed to hurt him, I managed to kick him a lot, but our plan was to process when we started our attacks but we couldn’t really do that with the way my knee was,”

“I wasn’t really managing to get my hands and put my strikes the way I wanted to.”

With a torn ACL, MCL, PCL, and meniscus in his left knee, the heavy-hitting Santos will be suspended from fighting for at least six months according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The report also indicated that Santos re-injured his right knee.

Check out the full list of the medical suspensions for UFC 239 fighters based on the NSAC report:

Jon Jones: Needs left foot X-ray. If injury discovered, must have orthopaedic doctor’s clearance, or suspended until Jan. 3, 2020; suspended at minimum until Aug. 21 with no contact until Aug. 6

Thiago Santos: Needs left hand X-rayed and MRI of the left knee. If injury discovered, must have orthopaedic doctor clearance, or suspended until Jan. 3, 2020; suspended at minimum until Aug. 6 with no contact until July 28

Holly Holm: Suspended until Sept. 5 with no contact until Aug. 21

Ben Askren: Suspended until Sept. 5 with no contact until Aug. 21

Luke Rockhold: Needs oral and maxillofacial surgery, doctor’s clearance for fractured left jaw, or suspended until Jan. 3, 2020; suspended at minimum until Sept. 5 with no contact until Aug. 21

Diego Sanchez: Suspended until Aug. 6 with no contact until July 28 for hard fight

Michael Chiesa: Needs left-hand X-ray. If injury discovered, must have orthopaedic doctor’s clearance, or suspended until Jan. 3, 2020

Gilbert Melendez: Suspended until Aug. 21 with no contact until Aug. 6

Marlon Vera: Suspended until Aug. 6 with no contact until July 28

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Claudia Gadelha: Needs right-hand X-ray. If injury discovered, must have orthopaedic doctor’s clearance, or suspended until Jan. 3, 2020

Randa Markos: Needs left-hand X-ray. If injury discovered, must have orthopaedic doctor’s clearance, or suspended until Jan. 3, 2020

Alejandro Perez: Suspended until Sept. 5 with no contact until Aug. 21 for hard fight

Song Yadong: Needs right foot X-rayed and MRI of the left knee. If injury discovered, must have orthopaedic doctor clearance, or suspended until Jan. 3, 2020; suspended at minimum until Aug. 6 with no contact until July 28

Jack Marshman: suspended until July 21 with no contact until July 14

Julia Avila: suspended until Aug. 21 with no contact until Aug. 6 for a cut above the right eye

Pannie Kianzad: suspended until Sept. 5 with no contact until Aug. 21

(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Thiago Santos)

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