19/07/2016 2:34 AM AEST | Updated 19/07/2016 6:18 AM AEST

MMA Fighter's Horrific Skull Injury Prompts Ex-Wife To Ask For Help (Graphic Images)

"There is worry the brain can continue to swell causing more damage."


Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos suffered a head injury so severe during a Bellator MMA bout in London Saturday night, the 38-year-old fighter’s ex-wife asked for prayers and financial help on social media.

In an Instagram post on Sunday, fighter Cris “Cyborg” Justino referred readers to a GoFundMe page for Santos.

“[There] is worry the brain can continue to swell causing more damage,” she wrote.

By Monday afternoon, donations had surpassed $19,000. Santos told MMA Fighting that he will undergo surgery in the United States. 

Fighter Michael Page delivered a flying knee strike that literally crushed Santos’ skull in the welterweight match, causing a compound fracture, Justino wrote. 

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Fight fans Please say a prayer for my Ex husband Cyborg Santos. Many of you watched him fight on Spike TV this weekend when he suffered this injury while fighting in London. Cyborg is still in the hospital in the UK, and they are not sure when he will be able to fly again. He has not had surgery yet and their is worry the brain can continue to swell causing more damage. Click The link In My bio to donate to his #GoFundMe and support him and his family at this time. Thank you God for your protecion, The dr said this very Easily could have been life threatening. Please show your support for the fighters and share! 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷Fãns de luta façam uma prece para o meu ex marido Cyborg Santos ,muitos de vocês assistiram ontem a luta dele na Spike TV,onde ele sofreu este ferimento enquanto lutava em Londres ,ele ainda está no hospital e não tem certeza quando ele vai poder voar de volta pra casa, @bellatormma é responsável por todo procedimentos médicos que ele precisar para resolver este problema porém ele não vai poder trabalhar por um tempo e nós vamos arrecadar ajuda pra ele através do #gofundme para os fãs patrocinarem ele e sua família nesta hora difícil, Obrigada Deus por sua proteção!! O medico disse que ele poderia estar em risco de vida,mostrem seu apoio aos lutadores e compartilhem isto!!! No meu Perfil do Instagram esta esta o link ajudar! #GodToGlory #figtherlife #teamcyborg #evangelistacyborgsantos #bellator158 #London Spanish 👇

A photo posted by CRISTIANE V JUSTINO 🇧🇷★ (@criscyborg) on

Here’s the blow (at the 11:20 mark). Again, the images can be upsetting.


h/t Deadspin