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Thiago Santos to undergo surgery on both knees on Wednesday

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Thiago Santos never stopped kicking Jon Jones despite the injury at UFC 239.
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Thiago Santos will need surgery on both knees after all.

The Brazilian light heavyweight, who went the distance with UFC champion Jon Jones earlier this month at UFC 239, told PVT on Tuesday night that he will go under the knife Wednesday to fix both knees.

According to “Marreta”, the doctor took another look at his exams on Monday and decided to do a small procedure on his right knee to fix a meniscus injury. Santos, who injured his left knee ligaments and meniscus during the bout, had a right knee meniscus surgery earlier this year as well.

Santos was expected to have surgery on Thursday, his coach ‘Tatá’ Duarte told MMA Fighting, but doctors decided to move it to Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles.

“Marreta” (21-7) won three straight as a light heavyweight to earn a shot at the championship against Jones. He will likely return to the Octagon in mid-2020.