Evangelista Cyborg Santos Announces MMA Retirement

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Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos wants to be remembered as someone who dedicated his life to the sport of mixed martial arts — but perhaps he will instead be remembered as the man who gave up mixed martial arts to save his life.

Cyborg’s final career fight came against MIchael ‘Venom’ Page (MVP) in a bout that took place at Bellator 158 last July. The two round fight came to a halt when MVP landed a devastating knee that shattered Santos’ skull. The Brazilian wasn’t knocked out, but it was clear that he was hurt badly, as he immediately dropped to the ground and covered his face.

Medical officials rushed to Santos’ aid, but there wasn’t much that could be done outside of reconstructive surgery.

“Michael Page hit ‘Cyborg Santos’ with a knee so hard that he fractured his skull. His skull caved in, and the f****n’ MRI’s are insane! I’ve never seen that, in all my years of watching fights and being involved in martial arts, I’ve never seen anybody’s head caved in like that,” said Joe Rogan about injury.

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 👇

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Evangelista Santos has been fighting for nearly two decades and has put together a record of 21 wins and 18 losses, even though he says that not all of his professional fights are listed on his record.

Nick Diaz and Evangelista Cyborg Santos stare each other down before their 2011 Championship bout at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg

The height of Cyborg’s career arguably came in Strikeforce where Santos competed for the Strikeforce Welterweight Championship against Nick Diaz. Cyborg lost that fight in the second round via submission — but headlining the 2011 Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg event on Showtime was most exposure ‘Cyborg’ ever got until his skull fracture in 2016. Working with Coker also led to his Bellator employment a few years later.

Cyborg Santos will indeed be remembered as a man who didn’t pick his opponents, as no one in their right mind would choose to face Melvin Manhoef (twice), “Shogun” Rua, Nick Diaz, Gegard Mousasi, and Francis Carmont if they were looking for easy fights.

Even after undergoing surgery to repair his skull last year, Cyborg claimed that he wanted to be back fighting by December 2016.

“I recovered well and really fast. They were impressed, and they do think it’s possible for me to fight again. I won’t be the same way I was. I’m like a damaged car now, not a brand new car [laughs],” Santos told MMA fighting in August.

Now, the 39-year-old Cyborg appears to have re-evaluated that decision, as he spoke with MMA Fighting again this month regarding his future:

“I don’t want to risk getting an aftereffect for the rest of my life and don’t be able to pass on my knowledge, and give work to my family.”

Evangelista Santos also said that he wanted to thank Scott Coker and all of the people at Bellator — who always respected him and his work, the Chute Boxe Academy, and all of his coaches, friends, and family.

You can relive some of Cyborg’s career highlights by viewing the video below: