Niko Price suffers horrifying eye injury in UFC 249 bout, forcing early stoppage

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship resumed on Saturday with UFC 249, and it didn't disappoint.

Francis Ngannou scored a 20-second KO, Justin Gaethje upset Tony Ferguson via TKO and, in what may have been the most gruesome spectacle of all on Saturday, Vicente Luque forced a doctor's stoppage in the third round against Niko Price, whose right eye was so swollen that he couldn't see out of it.

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Here's the left hook that eventually forced the stoppage — just listen to that pop.

And here's Price's eye after the fact. Beyond the swelling, you'll also notice a profuse amount of blood coming from his eye:

Incredibly, Price remained in high spirits after the fight concluded, displaying incredible sportsmanship to Luque as well.

The loss — Price's second to Luque — dropped him to 14-4-0. Luque advanced to 18-7-1. All told, that's about the best way you can handle a gruesome facial injury. Here's to a speedy recovery, Price.

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