Thiago Santos fought most of his light heavyweight title bout with Jon Jones on essentially one leg.
Santos tore the ACL, MCL, PCL and meniscus of his left knee in the UFC 239 main event Saturday night in Las Vegas, his manager Alex Davis confirmed with ESPN. Tests came back with that information Monday, Davis said.
Brazilian outlet Combate was the first to report the news. Davis said that he is likely to be out for the rest of 201
Santo said in the UFC 239 postfight media conference that he felt something in his left knee at the end of the first round. By the fourth and fifth rounds, Santos was clearly favored by the leg, but still fighting effectively against Jones, who is regarded as perhaps the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter of all time.
Two judges actually had Santos winning the fourth round and one had him winning the fifth. Some felt Santos had even done enough to win a close decision.
"I left everything in there even after injuring my knee in the first round," Santos said at the media conference, through a translator. I usually move, unable to throw the strikes I usually throw. I didn't shock the world because of those circumstances, but I did what I could do in those conditions and I'm satisfied. "
Jones said afterward that he was not aware that Santos had an injured leg during the fight. He acknowledged that "he was" bad "during the bout and used kicks for Jones' as a key technique.
" Boy, was he tough, "Jones said. "We all knew Thiago's best chance was to knock me out. I played it smart and brought this to my family and team. He was technically a lot more than I thought. Thiago Santos is a black belt in Muay Thai. I'm proud of myself, because I stood with a guy who's been kickboxing way longer than me. " heavyweight. In those three bouts, Santos won by TKO or knockout. Santos, 35, has won eight or 10 fights overall.