dos Santos was to have made his Octagon debut against Gabriel
Gonzaga at UFC
153 but withdrew from the bout when pre-fight examinations
revealed that the Brazilian heavyweight had hepatitis B.
After dedicating himself to an arduous treatment, the fighter was
cleared in preliminary tests and is now close to making his debut
with the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion a
“I cannot wait to make a second test to confirm it and finally have
this opportunity. I´m so anxious to fight against the best in
UFC,” dos Santos [pictured: left] said.
“Mondragon’s” manager, Alex Davis,
confirmed the news to Sherdog.com from Brazil.
"The preliminary tests indicated that he is free of hepatitis B.
Mondragon underwent a very aggressive treatment. We'll have to do
more tests to confirm the diagnosis and provide the [results] to
the athletic commission here in Brazil. Once we confirm that he is
cured, he will be released to [fight].” Davis said.
According the renowned Brazilian doctor Drauzio Varella, hepatitis
B, unlike chronic hepatitis, is asymptomatic and treatment in most
patients eliminates the virus and evolves into a permanent