UFC Heavyweight Needs Fighting Clearance For Hep-B
Geronimo dos Santos signed with the UFC almost two years ago, and has yet to make his promotional debut. He was set to square off against Gabriel Gonzaga back at UFC 153 but was pulled from the bout when tests revealed that he had contracted Hepatitis B.
While on his medical hiatus, he has been working towards getting healthy and getting cleared to fight, and now after almost two years to the day after his last bout, Geronimo is showing know signs that he no longer has the disease.
“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,” Mondragon’s manager Alex Davis told MMAFighting.com. “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.”
While his recovery is very good news, Davis says that possible situation around his contraction of the disease is more dangerous and urgent.
“Not a long time ago, nobody did blood tests on fighters in Brazil, but it’s really important,” he said. “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.”