GRAPHIC: Evangelista Santos awaiting surgery on fractured skull sustained on Saturday night 4 years ago

GRAPHIC: Evangelista Santos awaiting surgery on fractured skull sustained on Saturday night

In the aftermath of Michael Page's Bellator 158 victory over Evangelista 'Cyborg' Santos, all that most people were talking about was the British fighter's Pokemon-themed celebration.

However, after watching the clip, it's impossible not to notice the brutality of the knockout itself, which left Brazilian fighter Santos laid out on the ground from of a flying knee from London-born 'Venom'.

It later emerged that Page connected with such force that it left his opponent with a fractured skull, and Cyborg was admitted to hospital in the early hours of the morning.

The second-round defeat left him with a career MMA record of 21-18, with Page extending his unbeaten professional record to 11-0 including seven knockouts. The 38-year-old, who hails from Curitiba, has lost his last two Bellator bouts after entering the promotion with a first-round submission of Brennan Ward back in April.

 

 

Santos' ex-wife Cris 'Cyborg' Justino shared a photograph showing the extent of his injuries and urging fans to donate to his recovery costs via a GoFundMe page.

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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 👇

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"I’m under observation now, and will have surgery in the United States," Santos told MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz. "I had a serious injury, but Bellator is giving me all the support I need."

Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith, who was cageside for the bout, claims to have spoken to a cut man who told him that he had only ever seen an injury that severe in a car crash.