'Holy hell': Fans left stunned by 'horrible' scenes at UFC 264

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Jessica Eye, pictured here with a huge gash on her forehead at UFC 264.
Jessica Eye fought on with a huge gash on her forehead. Image: Getty

Fans were left horrified on Saturday at UFC 264 when Jessica Eye suffered a gruesome cut on her forehead.

The women's flyweight fighter was in action against Jennifer Maia in the early prelims when she was cut open in an accidental head clash.

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The American fighter had blood streaming down her face as she continued the bout in courageous fashion.

Eye went on to lose via unanimous decision, but her gutsy effort to keep fighting with the gruesome injury had fans and commentators in a frenzy.

"This is an absolutely horrible cut on Jessica Eye's head," tweeted Adam Martin.

"Unfortunately, it came from a clash of heads that referee Herb Dean missed. Cutman did a good job patching her up."

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Conor McGregor breaks leg in horrific scenes

Meanwhile, Dustin Poirier beat Conor McGregor for the second time in six months when the Irishman broke his own shin in the closing seconds of the first round of the main event.

The fight was stopped after the first-round bell when McGregor (22-6) was unable to continue.

The biggest star in mixed martial arts didn't get up after falling to the canvas following a final-minute blow by Poirier (28-6), who will get the UFC's next lightweight title shot.

Poirier said he thought McGregor's leg broke when he checked one of his opponent's kicks earlier in the fight.

Poirier was largely in control of the opening round, parrying McGregor's kicks and landing several strikes before taking command on the ground. 

Blood, pictured here on the forehead of Jessica Eye after an accidental clash of heads with Jennifer Maia.
Blood is seen on the forehead of Jessica Eye after an accidental clash of heads with Jennifer Maia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

After a long stretch of punches and elbows on the prone McGregor, Poirier knocked him down one last time - and McGregor's ankle bent gruesomely as he fell.

"I felt something, for sure," Poirier said. 

"He fractured it on one of the kicks at the beginning of the fight, and then he broke it."

McGregor was furious about the circumstances of his loss before he was carried from the cage. 

He also continued his lengthy campaign of verbal abuse against Poirier and his wife on the way out.

"This is not over!" he shouted.

UFC President Dana White said he was told McGregor broke his shin near the ankle. McGregor will have surgery on Sunday morning.

with AAP

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