Bellator fighter Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos successfully underwent surgery to fix his fractured skull yesterday in Houston, Texas.
“I had surgery yesterday, and thank God everything went fine,” Santos told MMA Fighting. “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.”
“They didn’t tell me anything about timetable for recovery yet. I’ll be released from hospital today, and then they will tell me how long it will take. But it will be fast. I’ll be back soon.”
‘Cyborg’ suffered the shocking indent on his skull as a result of a perfectly timed flying knee from Michael ‘Venom’ Page at Bellator 158 in the UK earlier this month.
It was one of the most gruesome injuries ever seen in the sport and led to Santos’ panicked ex-wife Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino starting a go-fund-me campaign to help him financially during his recovery period.
The campaign raised over $20,000 in relatively short order as concerned fans and fellow fighters showed their support, but Santos later revealed that since his medical bills were being covered by Bellator he didn’t need the money, and so he will be donating it all to charity.