UFC strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz (12-6-0) has a difficult medical decision to make after sufferering a serious injury at Auckland’s UFC on ESPN+ 26 Saturday night.

The 34-year-old Polish No. 14 suffered a broken bone to her face during the first round of her bout with Yan Xiaonan that had her favouring her right eye for the rest of the bout. She explained in an emotional Instagram post that she could not see properly – seeing double –  and “everything was in the fog.”

Kowalkiewicz was immediately transported to the hospital after the fight for treatment, but she needs to make a decision to undergo surgery in the U.S. or in her native Poland.

“After the fight, I spent all day in the hospital. Today, I’m going to a  specialist and they will make a decision,” Kowalkiewicz added. “I need an operation. I’m waiting for the decision here, or I’ll go back to Poland and make this operation in Poland. But doctors say I have to stay here because flying with this eye is very dangerous.”

The loss was Kowalkiewicz’s fourth straight and puts in her in danger of being on the UFC release bubble.


Karolina Kowalkiewicz suffers serious facial injury during Yan Xiaonan bout at UFC on ESPN+ 26