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Karolina Kowalkiewicz shows off GRUESOME eye injury following last loss

"The doctors said I have to stay here because flying with this eye is very dangerous"

Polish strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz suffered a horrendous injury following a one-sided beating at UFC Auckland, and it may impact her career. 

UFC Auckland took place this weekend in New Zealand. It was a pivotal event for many fighters, as some rose to the occasion and others fell hard. One of those who fell the hardest was polish strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz, who suffered a serious eye injury in her decision loss to Chinese prospect Xiaonan Yan. The injury appeared to occur in the first round, with it badly impairing Kowalkiewicz’s vision.

“First time in my life after fight, I cannot say I’m OK,” Kowalkiewicz stated on Instagram. “Like you see, in the beginning of the first round I have broken small bone [below my eye]. I couldn’t see nothing. My vision was double and everything was like in the fog. After the fight, I spent all day in hospital.

“Today I’m going to specialist and they make decision. Because I need operation and I’m waiting on decision here or I can go back to Poland and make this operation in Poland. The doctors said I have to stay here because flying with this eye is very dangerous.”


Many have been critical of Kowalkiewicz’s for not recognising the injury and putting a stop to the fight, saving her further unnecessary punishment. Perhaps, though, her team was desperate for a return to the win column.

The loss to Yan was Kowalkiewicz’s fourth straight loss, and the Pole has now lost six out of her last eight fights. Her losing streak began at the end of 2018, when she was brutally knocked out by Jessica Andrade less than two minutes into the first round. After that losses to Michelle Waterson and Alexa Grasso followed. This is a far cry from the beginning of Kowalkiewicz’s UFC, career, where lined up three straight wins. She then challenged her fellow Pole Joanna J?drzejczyk for the title, losing via decision.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com