MANILA, Philippines – Of all the fight highlights, it was a disturbing eye injury that took the spotlight at UFC Fight Night 81 on Sunday, January 17 (Monday, January 18 in Manila).
Matt Mitrione suffered a gruesome injury in his loss to Travis Browne in the heavyweight division, which became controversial due to a couple of eye pokes from Browne. Photos of his swollen eye went viral on social media.
Mitrione, who dropped to a 9-5 record, posted a photo of the injury on his Twitter account, revealing he broke his orbital bone.
Broken orbital floor. This and the shoulder happened after the 2nd eye poke. I don't think they would've happened pic.twitter.com/wFn1NC3j5Y — Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) January 18, 2016
On Tuesday, January 19, he posted a set of follow-up photos as he got his "eyelid drained."
Getting my eyelid drained this morning. Was not awesome. pic.twitter.com/LYgrEKlmHc — Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) January 19, 2016
Mitrione lost to Browne, who improved to an 18-3-1 record, via technical knockout at the 4:09 mark of the third round in what was his last fight in his UFC contract. – Rappler.com