UFC has granted the release of their former Brazilian heavyweight prospect, Geronimo dos Santos (27-12) upon a pre-fight medical test before his bout way back at UFC 153 in 2012.
Dos Santos failed the test for having Hepatitis B and his immune system has yet to recover.
Alex Davis told MMAFighting why Dos Santos has been absent from competition.
“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,” said Davis. “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.
“I find it a little extreme because there’s no viral count anymore. There’s no virus, he no longer transmits the disease, but I’m not a doctor and I can’t question the athletic commission, so we have to wait.”
2 years since Dos Santos’s scheduled bout with fellow Brazilian Gabriel Gonzaga fell through but Geronimo remains not fully recovered.
He recently asked for his release from the UFC and explained to Brazil’s Tatame why he did so.
“I’m healed, thank God, but my immunity is still low,” said dos Santos as translated by MMAFighting. “It takes a long time to be right back up, and I was losing money, because I couldn’t fight during the treatment, even if I’m already healed. The Nevada Athletic Commission is very strict, and I’m not cleared to fight until my immune system is back to normal. I want to fight again, but I couldn’t do anything here since I had an exclusive contract with them.”
“Making my UFC debut in this situation would be too much for me. It’s going to be different now, because I will be fighting and my immune system will be back up soon, so I will be better again. I don’t have anything to lose. I’m 33, but I won’t quit my dream of fighting in the UFC.”
He will fight his way back like most that get released from the mecca of MMA do and already has a few fights scheduled in his native country of Brazil.