Thousands of people stampeding around parks to catch fictional Pokemon marks a pretty big cultural phenomenon. A mixed martial arts fighter making Pokemon Go a part of his victory celebration in a fight probably means that we’re actually locked in a parallel Pokemon dimension and this is all our lives forever now.
On Saturday, MMA welterweight fighter Michael “Venom” Page blasted opponent Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos with a flying knee to the face, winning the Bellator 158 fight in London.
Celebrating his victory and with his opponent sufficiently weakened, Page did what we’ve all been doing for the last week and a half. He grabbed a Pokeball and rolled it toward his opponent to capture him, so that he might later summon Cyborg to do battle on his behalf against other Pokemon MMA fighters.
Funny as the victory celebration was, things actually got a bit scary. Santos reports that Page’s knee hit him so hard it fractured his skull, sending the fighter not to the Pokemon gym for more training, but to a UK hospital. Santos said Bellator is giving him “all the support I need” after the injury, and Page tweeted his support for Santos after the fight.
Fans also have been contributing to a GoFundMe campaign to help Santos cover lost income while he recovers from the injury and the surgery that’s likely to go with it. As of this writing, the campaign has brought in almost $19,000 of its $20,000 goal, less than 24 hours after launching.