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(Watch) Carla Esparza carries a horrific eyebrow injury in win over Marina Rodriguez

Carla Esparza got the win over Marina Rodriguez
Carla Esparza poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Carla Esparza dealt with a horrible looking eyebrow injury but still got the win

Carla Esparza proved how tough she is by dealing with an eyebrow injury yet winning her fight at UFC Fight Island.

The 32-year-old was up against Marina Rodriguez and got the split decision in the end. She was hurt bad by Rodriguez early on and suffered a horrible looking injury right above her eye.

Carla Esparza got a horrific eyebrow injury in the win over Marina Rodriguez
Carla Esparza punches Marina Rodriguez of Brazil in their strawweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

It had blown up and bulged out of her forehead and this was a target for Rodriguez too. Esparza also bled from this area as it was cut up and the doctors had to work hard to keep the bleeding in control.

Nevertheless, this didn’t stop Esparza from carrying on and the fight went all the way.

Even after the fight as the results were being shared, you could see the damage Esparza was carrying.

This isn’t the first time something like this has happened in the Octagon. Fight Island had seen Rose Namajunas pick up a serious-looking injury, but she battled on for the win too.

Getting the Ws in

Esparza certainly survived some big hits but she got her fourth win on the trot. The win over Rodriguez moved her to 17 wins and six losses in her MMA career.

The 32-year-old was the inaugural UFC Women’s Strawweight champion and she defeated Rose Namajunas to get the crown.

Carla Esparza got a horrific eyebrow injury in the win over Marina Rodriguez
Marina Rodriguez kicks Carla Esparza in their strawweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, she lost that to Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her next fight at UFC 185. It will be interesting to see if she returns to the championship scene now given her winning streak.

The 32-year-old might have a few more top performances left in her, and she could still get another crack at the title.

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