Geraldo de Freitas



Injury Suspension
Est. Return 1/11/2023
Suspended two years
October 14, 2021
De Freitas has been suspended two years by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) due to an out-of-competition administration of testosterone, reports.
De Freitas attempted to appeal this decision on the basis of testing error and a possible tainted supplement, but the independent arbitrator ruled these claims did not have sufficient supporting evidence. With the suspension dating back to January, de Freitas will now officially be on the sidelines until Jan. 11, 2023. The 30-year-old Brazilian was released from the UFC last March following a pair of losses, and it now appears there's more context to that decision. Since then, he competed under the banner of Shooto Brazil in July, and may continue to participate in lesser promotions who do not adhere to USADA regulations.
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Released after a pair of split decisions
March 4, 2021
De Freitas said he was released by the UFC, reports.
De Freitas has had split decisions in each of his last two fights, most recently in November to Tony Gravely. The Brazilian was 11-4 in his career before joining the UFC. He is unsure where he will continue his MMA career at this point.
Drops tight split decision
November 14, 2020
De Freitas lost to Tony Gravely via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was an admirable effort from de Freitas considering he appeared to be finished entering Round 3. Unable to defend the takedown, de Freitas found himself on his back and unable to generate consistent offense over the course of the first ten minutes. The final frame was a different story. The Brazilian floored the gas pedal and landed plenty of power shots but the damage was already done in the eyes of the judges. It obviously isn't the result de Freitas was looking for but the fact he rebounded from a slow start is promising. That being said, de Freitas will have to emerge victorious his next time out because he has now dropped back-to-back fights since winning his UFC debut back in February 2019.
Slated to fight in November
October 21, 2020
De Freitas will face Tony Gravely in a bantamweight bout at the UFC Apex on Nov. 14, reports.
De Freitas hasn't fought since August of 2019 when he lost to Chris Gutierrez via split decision at UFC Uruguay, but he'll make his return in November. He'll face Gravely, who lost his UFC debut to Brett Johns via submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC Raleigh in January. De Freitas should be good to go following his medical suspension earlier in the year and carries advantages in height and reach.
No longer competing in London
March 15, 2020
De Freitas will no longer face Jack Shore on Saturday following the relocation of UFC London, Jim Edwards of Fighters Only reports.
The UFC will be relocating the weekend's event, per an official statement, which leaves fighters like Shore unable to secure travel plans on short notice, especially given the recently-imposed restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. It's unclear if this matchup will be rescheduled for a later date.
Added to London card
January 24, 2020
De Freitas (nose) will face Jack Shore in London on March 21, reports.
De Freitas has one win and one loss since joining the UFC. His loss, a submission in his most recent match against Chris Gutierrez in August, resulted in a six-month medical suspension due to a broken nose, but he'll be good to go by March. His opponent, Shore, is undefeated in 12 professional fights but has fought just once under the UFC banner.