At Thursday night’s World MMA Awards in Las Vegas, there were a decent amount of not-so-surprising victories: Conor McGregor won Fighter of the Year for the second year in a row, Amanda Nunes won Female Fighter of the Year and Dana White won the award for Leading Man of the Year, an award he’s won every year since the award show’s inception in 2008 (seriously, why do they even have that award?)
But the most skull-crushing award of the night was without a doubt the Knockout of the Year. It went to Michael Page’s brutal flying knee KO of Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos at Bellator 158. The vicious blow ended up fracturing Cyborg’s skull, requiring seven hours of surgery, and ended up playing a major part in his retirement. So yeah, not exactly the most celebratory of awards.
Que Deus abençoe sua recuperação gigante. #Repost @paperchaserdotcom with @repostapp ・・・ MMA fighter "Cyborg" Evangelista Santos underwent a successful 7-hour surgery on Thursday, July 28, to repair a skull fracture suffered in a loss to Michael Page at Bellator 158. "I had surgery yesterday, and thank God everything went fine," Santos told MMA Fighting before leaving the hospital on Thursday. "It lasted seven hours, and the hospital will give Bellator a full report later today. God guided the doctors in this surgery so everything went well." We wish him a speedy recovery. #paperchaserdotcom #evangelistacyborgsantos #cyborgsantos #evengelistasantos #evangelistacyborgskullfracture #cyborgsantosskullfracturesurgery #skullfracture #successfulsurgery #michaelmvppage #michaelpagevsevangelistasantos #michaelpagevscyborgsantos #bellator158 #mma #bellator #mixedmartialarts #liammcgeary #rafaelcarvalho #michaelchandler #andreykoreshkov #ufc @criscyborg #kingsteam #nutriedureis #movidospelapaixao #kingsteambyeduardoreis
Here were the other four nominees: