Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos has given an encouraging update on his condition after a nasty injury suffered in his loss to Michael Page at Bellator 158. The Brazilian explained that, while the fractures to his forehead were quite gnarly, he didn’t suffer any overly concerning damage.
“I’m all right. Nothing happened.” Santos said in an interview with Globo in Brazil (translated by Lucas Rezende at BloodyElbow.com). “Everyone is so worried about me. They’re making fundraisers, but I don’t need anything. I’m really fine. He only broke the eggshell, but nothing happened to my brain. Bellator didn’t deny me anything, they’re helping me with everything.”
Santos has already left the hospital in London, and is planning to head to the United States before he undergoes surgery to fix the awful looking fracture.
“I didn’t want to stay in the hospital because I didn’t feel anything. I had no reason to stay there. I left and I will wait a couple of days to return to the United States and I’ll have my surgery there. Nobody needs to worry. Everything is fine.”
Bellator MMA has already vowed to cover Santos’ medical bills, and will be paying him the “win” portion of his purse despite the KO loss.
Penick’s Analysis: It’s great to see him in good spirits, and if they’re letting him head to the U.S. soon to get surgery hopefully all goes well while he’s traveling before then. Bellator is doing right by him in covering his medical expenses, but despite what he says here he still may wind up needing some help down the line in his recovery. For now, he thinks all will be well, and that’s very good to hear.
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