This is the ugly side of mixed martial arts. A fighter loses badly and has to spend an entire day in the hospital the next day, unable to fly because of an injury.
That’s what befell Karolina Kowalkiewicz after her bout with Yan Xiaonon on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 168 in New Zealand, when she suffered a major eye injury in a lopsided defeat.
”Hi guys, thank you for your support,” the former UFC strawweight title challenger said in an Instagram Story. “First time in my life after a fight, I cannot say I’m okay. Like you see, at the beginning of the first round, I have broken small bone here. I couldn’t see nothing. My vision was double and everything was like in the fog.”
Kowalkiewicz, a 34-year-old from Poland, couldn’t even travel because of the injury and may need to stay in New Zealand a few more days before being allowed to fly.
“After the fight, I spent all day in the hospital. [Sunday] I going to a specialist and they [are] going to make a decision because I need an operation,” she said. “And I’m waiting for a decision here or I go back to Poland and make this operation in Poland. But doctors said I have to say here because flying with this eye is very dangerous.”