Note to self: Avoid flying knees from Michael “Venom” Page at all costs. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos (pictured) clearly didn’t get the memo in time.
Santos, the ex-husband of Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino, suffered a fractured skull courtesy of a perfectly placed and timed flying knee from Page in Saturday’s knockout loss at Bellator 158 inside the O2 Arena in London.
Justino posted the above pic on her Instagram account asking for the MMA community to pray for her ex-husband’s recovery. Santos is expected to undergo surgery as soon as doctors feel it is safe for him to fly back to America in order to do so.
“I’m under observation now, and will have surgery in the United States,” Santos told MMAFighting.com. “I had a serious injury, but Bellator is giving me all the support I need.”
According to Justino’s post, Bellator will cover all of Santos’ medical bills.
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. @bellatormma is suppose to be responsible for all medical procedures needed to fix this injury from the fight, however Cyborg is going to be unable to work for sometime and we will be putting together a #gofundme for Fight fans wishing To sponsor him And his Family at this difficult 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!!! #GodToGlory #figtherlife #teamcyborg #evangelistacyborgsantos #bellator158 #London Spanish 👇
Bellator color commentator Jimmy Smith was told this type of injury is normally suffered in a severe car accident.
A cut man who had worked as an EMT saw Cyborg after and told me he had only seen an injury like that in a severe car crash
— Jimmy Smith (@jimmysmithmma) July 17, 2016
Veteran referee “Big” John McCarthy, the third man inside the cage when Page unleashed his highlight reel strike on Santos, said it was the hardest knee he had ever witnessed in a fight. McCarthy likened the sound to a baseball bat smacking a ball out of the ballpark.
— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) July 17, 2016
On the flipside of this gruesome injury is the fact Page’s legend continues to grow. “MVP” now owns a perfect 11-0 resume, finishing off all but one of his victims before the final horn.
For you UFC fans wondering, Page reportedly has four fights remaining on his Bellator contract.
Please click the media player below to watch Page’s devastating knee: