The Bellator 158 event in London was headlined by Douglas Lima (27-6) versus Paul Daley (38-14-2), but the real story of the night was the match between Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos and Michael “Venom” Page.
Prior to the fight, Evangelista Santos said he doesn’t think Michael Page is a real fighter yet; that he has so much to prove coming in, but after four minutes and thirty seconds in the second round Santos rushed toward Page and time was halted.
The first round was pretty much a stand-up game, and Cyborg felt it was working to Michael Page’ advantage. He believed the way to win the fight was on the ground, and this may have been true, as Page seems to have expected him to come in.
Or, it may have been purely anticipated, as Michael Page took off with his high knee piercing through Santos’ defense to unleash his venom.
It was a scary ending as Evangelista Santos suffered a dent on his forehead. Doctors say it could have easily been life threatening, yet ends up with a skull fracture.
The Brazilian’s ex-wife, Cris, who is also an MMA fighter pleaded for the fans to offer prayers for Evangelista Santos and signed up a GoFundMe crowdfunding account to raise funds to help the fighter financially, as he isn’t expected to fight for a while after his surgery.
The GoFundMe account has now reached $24k as of today.
Cyborg has been released from the hospital and is finally back home. He says he feels great, and that fans don’t have to worry. He says Michael Page is better than he initially thought, in fact, he says he is very talented and skillful.
However, he believes Michael Page acted like a clown.
Evangelista Santos said, “Page proved he’s a great athlete, a skillful striker. But he’s showing to be a douchebag because he doesn’t respect his opponents before or after the fight. He’s using bad people as influences.”
Michael Page threw a poke ball at his opponent after his knockout victory, and explained, “For all the Pokemon lovers, I just caught myself a Cyborg.”
“Throwing things after the fight… Honestly, he’s a clown. The way he behaves is not how a champion should behave. He’s talented, yes. He’s skillful. And he fought a great fight.” Evangelista Santos said.