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UFC 264: Referee Pauses Fight as Horrifying Cut on Jessica Eye’s Forehead Bloodies Up Her Face

Published 07/10/2021, 9:16 PM EDT

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The early preliminary card for UFC 264 closed out with high octane action as UFC flyweights Jennifer Maia and Jessica Eye collided. Chiefly, the fight went to a unanimous decision, however, the scrap wasn’t without some grizzly action. During the contest, ‘Evil’ Eye sustained a nasty gash on her forehead that began spurting out blood in a continued capacity.

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The cut was reminiscent of other nasty injuries sustained by fighters in the past and there was immediate concern that the fight wouldn’t continue. In the past, fighters like Alistair Overeem and Ike Villanueva have been sliced and diced in a similar manner. However, in women’s MMA, a cut of this magnitude hasn’t been seen before.


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The collision came in round 2 and resulted from a direct clash of heads between Eye and Maia. Usually, a gash across the forehead stems from a well-placed elbow from top control. The flood gates were soon unleashed on both women, right as the clash of heads took place.

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Jennifer Maia vs Jessica Eye: A bloody battle at UFC 264

The fight was a close one with both women putting their best foot forward right from the get-go. In round one, both women found openings and landed a strong output to get things going. However, the intensity immediately ramped up in round two after Eye suffered a grizzly cut.

The cut man did his best to control the outburst of blood heading into the third and final round of the contest. However, it wasn’t long before the wound opened up again and things looked more akin to a horror movie as Eye marched on.


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However, her grit wasn’t enough to win the fight as Maia picked up the unanimous decision on the scorecard. Furthermore, she went so far as to call out the champion Valentina Shevchenko after the fight.

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Darryl Pinto


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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.
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