ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos suffered one of the most devastating fight injuries I have ever seen in his recent bout with Michael Page.

Late in the second round, a huge flying knee put Santos on the canvas, where he was clearly in a lot of pain.

A subsequent trip to the hospital revealed that he had in fact fractured his skull, requiring surgery.

His ex-wife Cris "Cyborg" Justino set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for the medical bills, and fellow fighters rallied to support him. Aljamain Sterling, Nate Diaz, Renato "Babalu" Sobral, and Chael Sonnen were all among those who donated money.

And luckily for "Cyborg" himself, it sounds like it may have looked worse than it actually was. While serious, the injury was not life-threatening, and according him, no brain damage occurred. He has already been cleared to leave the hospital, and is resting comfortably in a hotel.

"It was a fracture. It didn’t affect my brain," he told MMAJunkie.

While many believed this would signal the end of his career, "Cyborg" doesn't think so, and confidently added that he'll be back in a matter of months.

"I’ll be back in six months," he said. "I’m whole, 100 percent. At no time did I lose consciousness. I’ve been knocked down by strikes before. I know what that feels like. This was simply a matter of pain from the fracture. Nothing was affected as far as my brain. And now my head will be harder than ever. I’ll be a cyborg, literally."

We wish "Cyborg" the best in his recovery.


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