Geronimo dos Santos Awaiting Medical Clearance for UFC Debut
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.09.2014
He came down with hepatitis B...
Geronimo dos Santos' manager Alex Davis spoke with MMAFighting.com about the heavyweight's two-year delay since he's been signed to the UFC without having made his debut. Dos Santos was forced out of a fight at UFC 153 because he contracted hepatitis B. Check out the highlights:
On dos Santos' status: "His viral count is now at zero, which means he doesn't have the disease anymore, but Nevada demands three positive results for antibodies and we're still waiting for the last one. Doctors said that when you undergo a chemotherapy treatment like he did, the last one usually takes longer than the other ones, but he can't fight until it does."
On the lack of regular blood tests in Brazil: "Not a long time ago, nobody did blood tests on fighters in Brazil, but it's really important. Now you have a great athlete, a guy that could be fighting and representing Brazil in the UFC, and he can't fight because of this. Hepatitis C is a lot easier to treat. I had it and underwent chemotherapy and I was cured, but hepatitis B is a thousand times more contagious than hepatitis C, and he probably got it in a fight. That's the price you pay for fighting in promotions that don't demand blood tests. We need to change this situation in Brazil."