Every MMA fan remembers where they were on July 16th, 2016. That was the date of Bellator 158 and the moment when Evangelista Santos went from notable MMA veteran and former Cris Cyborg spouse to shocking MMA injury recipient. Cyborg was on the wrong end of a flying knee from flashy action-striker Michael Page, and while the knee didn’t actually knock him unconscious, it left him with a baseball sized dent in his forehead.
It was one of the most shocking and terrifying injuries in combat sports history. And now it’s got some company.
Last week, a French Muay Thai fighter identified as Jeremy Balasse ate a standing elbow from his opponent. You can see the result in the video below:
Voilà la vidéo de l’énorme coup de coude que j’ai reçu en combat, au Patong stadium à Phuket, qui m’a causé une fracture du crâne. Impressionnante blessure et grosse frayeur ! Les jours suivants ont été très difficiles pour moi et surtout mes proches, avec une opération importante à la tête, c’est pourquoi je voulais encore une fois remercier tous ceux qui m’ont soutenu, c’était incroyable, et évidemment très réconfortant . Thanks you @jonny_betts for the video and for your support. Special thanks to @tigermuaythai #muaythai#phuket#skull#fracture#recovery#endofstory
“This is the video of the huge poke I received in combat, at the Patong Stadium in Phuket,” Balasse wrote on social media, “which caused me a fractured skull. Impressive wound and big scare! The following days were very difficult for me and especially my relatives, with a major operation to the head, So I wanted to thank all those who supported me again, it was incredible, and obviously very comforting.”
Jeremy is apparently doing fine now. Having had a titanium plate inserted in his head. Good to know getting your skull crushed looks worse than it feels.