Brazilian heavyweight Geronimo dos Santos has requested to be released from his UFC contract, which the promotion has accepted, according to MMAFighting‘s Guilherme Cruz. The 33 year-old signed with the promotion over two years ago, though was diagnosed with hepatitis B. Due to the complications, the Nevada State Athletic Commission are still unable to clear him to compete, which has left him no option but to seek a fight elsewhere.
Originally slotted in to face Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 153, dos Santos has been on the shelf since June 2012. His last three wins have all come before the 90 second mark, and he entered the promotion with a ton of momentum, winning his last eleven bouts.
‘Mondragon’ has faced UFC veterans such as Josh Barnett, Assuerio Silva and Francimar Barroso, compiling an impressive 33-14 record as a professional.
In an interview with MMAFighting, dos Santos’ manager, Alex Davis, explained why his client was unable to get licensed by the NSAC.
“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.”
This left dos Santos and Davis frustrated and raring to compete, though – after over 26 months away from the cage – dos Santos’ patience had run out.
“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.”
There is no word on where dos Santos may ply his trade next, with the 47-fight veteran competing in a number of regional organisations during his long career.