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Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos plans to return to MMA in December, just six months after he suffered a gruesome injury.

Santos suffered a fractured skull at Bellator 158, the result of a flying knee KO loss to Michael Page. The man who once was married to Cris "Cyborg" Santos, told MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz that he is on the road to recovery.

"I had a great recovery," Santos said. "This time off was super important for me. I was so busy doing other stuff, that I didn’t even notice how fast [this] month has passed. It was really uncomfortable three or four days after the surgery, but after that, I pretty much rested and studied.

"I plan on coming back to training next week and fighting in December. This is my plan. But before I make any decision, I will listen to what the doctors have to say. I have an appointment with the doctor next week to find out if he really clears me to train again, but I’m feeling super fine."

Santos is a veteran of Strikeforce, Bellator and PRIDE Fighting Championships. With a record of 21-18, he has never fought at an elite level, but his striking style has made him a fan favorite.

"I had surgery [July 27], and thank God everything went fine," said Santos, per Cruz on July 29. "It lasted seven hours, and the hospital will give Bellator a full report later today. God guided the doctors in this surgery, so everything went well."


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