MMA isn't a sport for the squeamish among us or for those who can't take a punch or two. Dong Hyun Ma, one of the rising stars in the lightweight division, found out just how brutal this sport can get during his matchup against Scott Holtzman at UFC Newark, when doctors called the fight short after two rounds thanks to Ma's grotesquely swollen eye.
UFC Newark has been looking more like Mortal Kombat than MMA, as eyes have been swollen shut and crotch shots have been cropping up all over the place.
As clearly evidenced by Ma's battle scars, Holtzman was the far superior fighter Saturday, having rebounded from his loss against Nik Lentz in February with a resounding second round TKO victory.
DOCTOR STOPS IT!!!— MMA Latest (@MMALatestNws) August 3, 2019
Scott Holtzman gets the TKO win against Dong Hyun Ma after his eye shut during the break of the second and third round. Some real phone booth fighting in that one, fight of the night?#UFCNewark #UFC #MMA pic.twitter.com/Qf90Eh4GME
Every time a UFC fighter goes into the octagon, they leave a little piece of themselves in there. Never was that more apparent than with Ma's painful reminder of what happens when you don't bring your A game against Holtzman.