On Saturday night in the O2 Arena in London, England MMA veteran Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos suffered a knockout loss to Michael “Venom” Page. It was a flying knee that won the bout for Page but little did the audience in the arena and the audience watching at home know, the injury was far worse than anyone could have imagined.
Santos’ ex-wife, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino took to her Instagram account to give fans an update on her ex-husband and urged them to help him out:
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Fight fans Please say a prayer for my Ex husband Cyborg Santos. Many of you watched him fight on Spike TV this weekend when he suffered this injury while fighting in London. Cyborg is still in the hospital in the UK, and they are not sure when he will be able to fly again. He has not had surgery yet and their is worry the brain can continue to swell causing more damage. Click The link In My bio to donate to his #GoFundMe and support him and his family at this time. Thank you God for your protecion, The dr said this very Easily could have been life threatening. Please show your support for the fighters and share! 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷Fãns de luta façam uma prece para o meu ex marido Cyborg Santos ,muitos de vocês assistiram ontem a luta dele na Spike TV,onde ele sofreu este ferimento enquanto lutava em Londres ,ele ainda está no hospital e não tem certeza quando ele vai poder voar de volta pra casa, @bellatormma é responsável por todo procedimentos médicos que ele precisar para resolver este problema porém ele não vai poder trabalhar por um tempo e nós vamos arrecadar ajuda pra ele através do #gofundme para os fãs patrocinarem ele e sua família nesta hora difícil, Obrigada Deus por sua proteção!! O medico disse que ele poderia estar em risco de vida,mostrem seu apoio aos lutadores e compartilhem isto!!! No meu Perfil do Instagram esta esta o link ajudar! #GodToGlory #figtherlife #teamcyborg #evangelistacyborgsantos #bellator158 #London Spanish 👇
Santos suffered a fractured skull as a result of the knee from Page and after such traumatic head trauma the brain will begin to swell. The photo of Santos made its way around the internet with several members of the MMA community re-posting and commenting on it. A Go-Fund-Me page was set up to help with the medical bills for Santos but that may no longer be needed as according to MMA Junkie, Bellator president Scott Coker has stated that the company will pay for all medical expenses and even award Santos a win bonus.
“Bellator representatives have been present with him at the hospital throughout this process, and we are taking care of any medical bills that he incurs. In addition, we are going to go ahead and pay ‘Cyborg’ his win bonus to help him find a little extra comfort throughout his recovery process, which we hope is a speedy one.” stated Coker.