It has been a worrying 24-or-so hours for Bellator MMA fighter Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, who was believed to have suffered a depressed skull fracture at the hands of Michael Page at Bellator 158.
38-year-old Santos lost in the second round of his fight against Page at the O2 Arena after the Brit landed a flush jumping knee. It was revealed to MMA PLUS by a member of the medical team that Cyborg had been rushed to hospital and his injury was believed to be a depressed skull fracture.
Doctor says Cyborg likely has a depressed skull fracture. Ouch, that MVP knee did serious damage. #Bellator158
— Andreas M. Georgiou (@andremgeorgiou) 16 July 2016
At around midnight it was claimed to MMA PLUS that due to the severity of the situation, Cyborg was already undergoing surgery on his skull, however it has since been clarified by his ex-wife, fellow MMA fighter Cris Cyborg (Cristiane Justino) that due to complications of swelling, Santos was unable to have surgery in London last night.
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 👇
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For now, Santos remains in care and Cris Cyborg plans on creating a GoFundMe to support Santos and his family at this difficult time.