The mixed martial arts community was bombarded with horrifying photos of Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos’ fractured skill after he was hit with a devastating flying knee by Michael “Venom” Page on the main card of this past weekend’s (Sat., July 16, 2016) Bellator 158 from the O2 Arena in London, England. Despite the seriousness of the injury, however, Santos claims that everyone is ‘exaggerating’.

In fact, the long-time Brazilian fighter, who recently spoke to MMAJunkie regarding his injury, said he aims to return to action in six months as a literal ‘Cyborg’:

“People exaggerate. I’m fine. I opted to have my surgery in Houston. Nothing happened. I wasn’t knocked out. I only felt the pain from the fracture. At no time did I have any symptoms like convulsions or dizziness. It wasn’t a knockout. It was a fracture. It didn’t affect my brain. Everything is okay. People are crazy. I don’t need anything. At no time did Bellator refuse to help me. The good side is that now I’ll make justice to my nickname of ‘Cyborg.’ I’ll be back in six months. Nothing was affected as far as my brain. And now my head will be harder than ever. I’ll be a cyborg, literally. Thank you for everyone’s concern.”

“Cyborg’s” perseverance and determination has clearly been put on full display and there’s no question that he’s a true warrior. On the contrary, however, he is nearing the age of 39 and has suffered back to back knockout defeats while also losing three of his last five.

Is there anything left for “Cyborg” to prove after such a brutal injury?