Santos is a dangerous striker. Jones also outlanded Santos in each of the last four rounds. ESPN is reporting that Thiago Santos suffered a torn ACL, MCL, PCL, and meniscus in his fight against Jon Jones at #UFC239.
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. As Thiago Santos squared off against Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title on Saturday, the UFC 239 broadcast repeatedly speculated that the Brazilian fighter was hobbled by a torn ACL suffered at the end of the first round. It's a shame the only consolation Santos will get for his efforts is a host of pats on the back, some mentions in articles like this one, and a cool rehab video once he makes his comeback to the Octagon some eight to 12 months later. "Boy, was he tough," Jones said. Left knee torn to tiny busted up shreds. Santos manager … I cover sports video games like NBA 2K, Madden, MLB The Show, FIFA, NHL, EA UFC, Fight Night, Super Mega Baseball, DIRT, F1, NASCAR, Forza, and everything in between.
As it turns out, Santos’ injury was so, so much worse than just a torn ACL. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images). All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. Thiago Santos, who lost a split decision to Jon Jones at UFC 239, tore the ACL, MCL, PCL and meniscus in his left knee during the first round. UFC 254: Is Israel Adesanya next for Robert Whittaker? Jones has already acknowledged the possibility of a rematch, saying he’d be game as long as Santos can “climb himself back up the ladder.”, Rapinoe, Morgan, USWNT make ultimate equal pay statement, This World Cup left Ellis’ critics little ground to stand on, Celebrate USWNT’s World Cup title by shopping gear, Thiago Santos somehow fought Jon Jones with a barely functioning knee for four rounds. Get all the sports news you need, direct to your inbox. When someone is as great at their job as Jones, a B- performance feels more like a D, and that may be what we have in this case. Santos tore his ACL, MCL, PCL, and meniscus in the first round, but somehow still found a way to win the fight on one judge's card, and to lose by only a point on the other two. Despite Santos seeming to barely be able to move and clearly favoring a leg, Jones surprisingly held off from trying to take the Brazilian Muay Thai specialist down.
In left knee, Santos tore his ACL, MCL, PCL and meniscus. — Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 7, 2019, Amazing. You. https://t.co/x6neKOmr6D, — Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) July 9, 2019. Very admirable performance. No fanfare or hoopla. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images), EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change. Santos said in the UFC 239 postfight media conference that he felt something give way in his left knee at the end of the first round. The full extent of the damage won't be truly appreciated until he is in the operating room and his surgeon has an opportunity to visualize the knee. Thiago Santos fought Jon Jones with nearly every ligament in his knee torn According to comments from his manager to ESPN , Santos tore the ACL, MCL, PCL and meniscus of his left knee … By the fourth and fifth rounds, Santos was clearly favoring the leg, but still fighting effectively against Jones, who is regarded as perhaps the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter of all time.
Cruel reminder of the thin line between a life-changing W and a loss. You may opt-out by. We knew Thiago Santos had injured his left knee during his split-decision loss to Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 239 on Saturday in Las Vegas, but most didn't realize how bad it was. LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 06: Thiago Santos of Brazil looks on prior to a UFC Light Heavyweight Title... [+] bout against Jon Jones at T-Mobile Arena on July 06, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
No one really acknowledged him other than Chael giving him props which he seemed to appreciate. Throughout the fight, Santos continued to stumble on several occasions, but he remained a threat. You can also find me previewing and recapping WWE PPV events. After being carted away from the Octagon on a wheelchair, Santos told reporters that he had to fight in a different stance for the rest of the way.
"We all knew Thiago's best chance was to knock me out. Santos, 35, has won eight of 10 fights overall. "I fought four rounds on a southpaw stance, unable to move like I usually move, unable to throw the strikes I usually throw. Obviously, he didn't know Santos was hurt as bad as he was in the first round, but clearly, he could see his opponent was compromised. It's hard to quantify how tough an individual has to be to not only finish a fight in that physical condition but to also remain competitive and dangerous. Who's next for Justin Gaethje?
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