UFC title challenger Taila Santos undergoes surgery after suffering a gruesome eye injury in the loss to Valentina Shevchenko.
The Brazilian challenged flyweight queen Shevchenko at UFC 275 in Singapore and suffered a controversial split decision loss.
Santos suffered a setback on lap three after an accidental heads-to-head collision.
Still, she pushed the champion to the max, only to narrowly lose.
But the collision earlier in the fight resulted in a fractured orbital bone under his right eye and a hospital visit.
Santos was taken to a local hospital immediately after the loss but has opted to go under the knife in Brazil.
Her manager Tiago Okamura told MMA Fighting: “We had two options.
“To have surgery here, and God knows how long we would have to stay and how long the recovery would take, or wait two weeks for the swelling to go down a bit and then have surgery.
“The doctors said the long flight wouldn’t be a problem and that we had better support at home [Santos] would only stay with one person [in Singapore].”
Several scored the fight in favor of Santos (28), leading to Shevchenko (34) defending the result in the post-fight press conference.
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She said: “I did everything I had to do.
“I had a challenging fight. I had five rounds and that’s exactly what I wanted, an opponent who doesn’t give up in the first second and goes to the end.
“In this type of fight you can show what you’re made of. Your character, your way of thinking. No matter how hard, no matter how difficult.
“She was inactive, and even in that position, I would punch and I could feel the power of the punches and I could feel her treating because it was hurting her.
“That’s what counts most in mixed martial arts, damage.
“I could even feel that as you fought round after round, you could see more and more damage on her face.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5545923/ufc-taila-santos-eye-surgery-valentina-shevchenko/ UFC star Taila Santos shows off a horror eye in need of surgery after headbutting Valentina Shevchenko