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Bellator To Pay ‘Cyborg’ Santos’ Medical Bills And Award Fighter With Bonus

On Sunday Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino set up a GoFundMe campaign to provide financial aid for her ex-husband Evangelista Santos, also nicknamed ‘Cyborg’, after he was left with a fractured skull by England’s Michael Page at Bellator 158 on Saturday night.

At the time of writing, roughly 18 hours after said campaign began, it’s account has received donations to the tune of some $17,000. That’s just $3,000 short of it’s goal.

However, in even better news, Bellator MMA have confirmed that they will also aid the Brazilian veteran financially during his recovery. The promotion’s president, Scott Coker, told MMAJunkie that not only would they cover Santos’ medical costs, they would also award him a ‘win bonus’ despite his second round KO loss to Page.

“I’ve been a huge fan of ‘Cyborg’ throughout the many years that he has fought for us,” stated Coker. “The guy brings it every single time out, and that’s all you can ask for from a fighter. That being said, you never want to see a fighter sustain an injury like that”.

“Bellator representatives have been present with him at the hospital throughout this process, and we are taking care of any medical bills that he incurs. In addition, we are going to go ahead and pay ‘Cyborg’ his win bonus to help him find a little extra comfort throughout his recovery process, which we hope is a speedy one.”

It’s unclear how much the bonus itself is worth, but in his last fight, a loss to Saad Awad at Bellator 154, Santos was paid $17,000 show money. It is unlikely that he would have earned much more than that for the Page fight and in Bellator a win bonus is normally worth the same as the show money payment, so expect ‘Cyborg’ to pocket an extra $17,000 – $20,000 from this gesture.

In the wake of the announcement, Justino took to Twitter to thank Bellator for their support.

At this point, Santos’ prognosis seems to be quite good.

The fighter himself was able to speak to MMAFighting on Sunday night and he sounded positive. “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,” he added.

Justino also provided the following encouraging update on Monday morning.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.