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UFC boss Dana White tweeted a photo in which one of his female fighters had an eye injury so swollen it looked like a black golf ball

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a group of people looking at a cell phone: Rose Namajunas. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC © Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Rose Namajunas. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
  • "Thug" Rose Namajunas suffered a bloody gash on her nose and a swelling on her eye so grotesque it almost swelled completely shut.
  • The UFC boss Dana White even shared a photograph in which Namajunas' eye had blackened, and looked like a golf ball.
  • Despite the injuries, Namajunas said she had "fun, man" in her "Fight Island" bout on Saturday at UFC 251.
  • As the strawweight war was the "Fight of the Night" Namajunas and her opponent, Jessica Andrade, both took home an extra $50,000.
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FIGHT ISLAND — The UFC president Dana White tweeted a photograph in which one of his female fighters had a black eye so injured it looked like a black golf ball after it had swollen shut.

The women's strawweight match between "Thug" Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade was one of the best fights on the UFC 251 card.

It all went down on "Fight Island," which is a quarantined area on Yas Island, built by the Abu Dhabi tourism board to help the UFC continue to operate as it holds events to give its international athletes competition during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Though Namajunas edged a victory, earning a split decision despite having her face cut open, she also suffered an eye injury which swelled shut and then resembled a black golf ball later.

The UFC boss White showed what the injury looked like:

Regardless, Namajunas said she had "fun, man."

She said: "I was just in the right state of mind. That's everything.

"Early on in the fight, I was doing great. Then I think she hit the desperation button and started really unloading. She caught me a couple times, but I just stayed strong."

Namajunas and Andrade were both awarded with a $50,000 bonus for producing the "Fight of the Night."

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