Michael Page’s win at Bellator 158 was overshadowed by the brutal injury he inflicted on opponent Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos.
In defeating his most high-profile challenger to date with a wicked flying knee, Michael Page made multiple worldwide headlines.
Firstly, his devastating second round TKO win over Santos joined the myriad of knockouts that ‘Venom’ Page can command as part of his highlight reel. His Pokemon Go-inspired celebration then saw mainstream attention centre on the Englishman.
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But it was the aftermath of the bout that understandably garnered the most attention.
Such was the nature of the fight-ending blow that the Brazilian suffered a depressed fracture of the skull, which will require surgery.
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Speaking to ‘The MMA Hour‘ host Ariel Helwani yesterday in the wake of the drama, Page expressed how hard it now was to embrace the win. How he first got wind of the news didn’t help matters either.
“It’s even harder when the first news feed I got of it, my brother actually read out “fatal injury to Cyborg” so I was, excuse my French, shitting myself man,” the 29-year-old revealed.
“That’s not something you want to be a part of, you know. That’s not why we do this.
Then I found out a bit more and was constantly phoning people trying to find out what was going on. I found out he was okay but it was still a severe injury. It was just very hard, it was a weird moment because you’re trying to enjoy what’s going on and then you’re just sitting there worried about your opponent. It was a weird feeling.”
Page was unaware of the nature of Santos’ injury on the night, claiming that once he had finished his celebrations, his opponent had already left the cage.
“No [when asked if he felt anything wrong upon landing the knee].
I heard a sound and in all honesty I thought it was his nose. He was still conscious and kicking his legs. He was obviously in pain, but I thought that I’d caught his nose or maybe even his jaw. But the way his hands were it more seemed to be his nose than anything.
I’ve seen guys with broken noses in the gym. It’s not a hard fix. It wasn’t something I was worried about immediately.”
As for Santos, he is hopeful of pulling through without any lasting damage.
“I’m under observation now, and will have surgery in the United States,” said the 38-year-old. “I had a serious injury, but Bellator is giving me all the support I need”.
“I’ll be back soon.”
The full conversation can be seen below from 2:59:00 via MMAFightingonSBN.