It was clear that Karolina Kowalkiewicz was having trouble seeing for much of her bout against Xiaonan Yan at UFC Auckland on Saturday.
The former strawweight challenger ended up losing a lopsided unanimous verdict after suffering an eye injury during the opening stanza of the bout. Kowalkiewicz revealed the extent of her injuries in a video posted to her Instagram account.
“First time in my life after fight, I cannot say I’m OK,” Kowalkiewicz stated. “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.”
Kowalkiewicz has struggled in recent years since coming up short in a title bit against Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 205 in November 2016. Including that defeat, the 34-year-old Pole has gone just 2-6 in her last eight Octagon appearances. The loss to Yan marked her fourth straight defeat since September 2018.