Evangelista Santos lost to Michael Page at Saturday’s Bellator 158, and it will take a while before he’s able to return to action.
Page dropped "Cyborg" with a vicious flying knee in the second round of their welterweight contest at the O2 Arena in London, and the Brazilian told MMA Fighting on Sunday that he’s currently at the hospital with a serious fracture in his forehead.
"I’m under observation now, and will have surgery in the United States," Santos told MMA Fighting. "I had a serious injury, but Bellator is giving me all the support I need."
Santos took the fight on short notice after going 1-1 in his previous Bellator fights, and says that this injury will kept him sidelined for a while, but doesn’t mean the end of his mixed martial arts career.
"I’ll be back soon," he said.
According to an Instagram post from Santos' ex-wife Cris Cyborg, a gofundme account is being created to help the 38-year-old veteran fighter. (Ed. Note: Here is the link to the gofundme.)
Bellator color commentator Jimmy Smith added on Twitter that a former ENT told him that he had "only seen an injury like that in a severe car crash."
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
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