Sherdog’s Top 10: Bellator MMA Knockouts

No. 2

By Brian Knapp Nov 3, 2016



2. Michael Page vs. Evangelista Santos
Bellator 158
July 16, 2016 | London

Page cut down Santos with a spectacular flying knee in the second round of their welterweight showcase at the O2 Arena. The undefeated London Shootfighters star brought it to a close 4:31 into Round 2, whipping the crowd into a passionate frenzy. The real story unfolded afterward, when the true toll of the blow was revealed.

After a blistering start, the two men engaged one another at close range and on the ground -- Santos pressed the clinch in a bid for takedowns -- to finish the first round, giving no inclination of what was to come. In the middle stanza, Page doubled over “Cyborg” with a body kick, gave chase and wiped out the Brazilian with an exquisitely placed knee strike upstairs. No follow-up shots were necessary on the fallen Santos, who hit the canvas in agony, his face buried in his hands.

The extent of the damage was not known until after the fight. Santos had suffered a skull fracture, leaving him with a visible dent in his forehead.

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