Gruesome photos of MMA fighter Evangelista Santos' fractured skull shows the sheer brutality of the sport

Evangelista 'Cyborg' Santos Has Gruesome Dent in His Head After Bellator Fight

WARNING: graphic content.

MMA fighter Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos lost his fight to Michael Page at Bellator 158 on Saturday night.

Page finished Santos off with a crushing flying knee to Santos' forehead, immediately sending him to the ground as he writhed it pain.

Later, Santos' ex-wife Cris "Cyborg" Justino posted an Instagram of Santos from the hospital showing the brutal aftermath of the hit. Santos' skull was quite literally indented where he took Page's knee.

Santos later confirmed to MMA Fighting that he suffered a fractured skull in the incident. Justino wrote in her Instagram post that doctors said the injury could have been "life threatening" and that there is still a fear that his brain will keep swelling.

Justino's post is below. WARNING: graphic content.

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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 👇

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​​​​​As if the injury didn't look bad enough, someone in the know compared it to a car accident.

MMA Fighting says Santos will undergo surgery in the United States and that while he will be sidelined for a long time, it doesn't mean his fighting career is over.

Nonetheless, in an era when player safety is prioritized across nearly all sports, such an alarming injury may raise awareness to the dangers of mixed martial arts.

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