39-Year-Old Bellator Welterweight 21-16
August 31, 2016 Evangelista Santos News
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Santos (skull) is optimistic he can resume training next week, and hopes to fight again in December, MMAFighting.com reports.
Santos suffered one of the most brutal MMA injuries in recent memory back in July, where emergency surgery was required to repair a fractured skull that resulted from a loss to Michael Page via flying knee KO. Many will question how the lightweight can even consider coming back so quickly, but Santos seems adamant that he feels good, and that his doctors have been impressed with the pace of his recovery. If everything checks out during his upcoming appointment, he plans to begin training as early as next week. The level of contact remains to be seen, however.
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Fantasy AnalysisSantos suffered the fractured skull after getting knocked out by fellow fighter Michael Page at Bellator 158 on Saturday. Santos took a knee to the head during the contest, which eventually caused a serious fracture in his forehead. He's currently in the hospital and will undergo surgery shortly, however, we remain without a concrete timetable for a return. We should hear further news regarding his status following surgery.
Fantasy AnalysisSantos was a late addition to the card following the unexpected withdrawal of Fernando Gonzalez, and will now face the undefeated Page in his home country of England. The 38-year-old Santos likes to stay active, as he's already fought three times in 2016. He took a decision from Artenas Young in January, and followed that up with a 30-second submission victory over Brennan Ward in April. Santos wasn't nearly as impressive in his first-round knockout loss to Saad Awad in May, but the Brazilian will soon get a shot at redemption, even though he'll likely enter as the underdog.
Fantasy AnalysisIf "Cyborg" has one thing going for him at Bellator 154, it's the lightning fast nature of his recent victory over Brennan Ward. Despite entering the bout as a considerable underdog to the younger Ward, Cyborg caught his adversary in a Heel Hook, ending the bout 30 seconds into the first round. Saad Awad, however, is a 32-year-old crafty veteran of the sport; it's unlikely he'll be an easy out for the 38-year-old Santos. Having made his professional debut in 1997, Cyborg will hope to prolong his stint in Bellator with a stoppage win over Awad.