UFC 248: Rodolfo Vieira left with mangled eye as he avoids almost certain defeat to choke out Saparbeg Safarov – The Sun

RODOLFO VIEIRA survived a brutal eye injury to continue his undefeated streak at UFC 248.

The Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace picked up the sixth submission win of his career as he made Saparbek Safarov tap with an arm-triangle choke in the first round.

But the 30-year-old was forced to go for finish early due to absorbing several blows that left is eye mangled and completely swollen shut which surely could have resulted in a doctor stoppage loss.

However, despite being left with that horrific looking facial injury, the ex-ACA star is now on 7-0 as a pro.

Safarov hit Vieira with a right hand then a front kick right at the beginning of the clash.

Vieira managed to run away and went for a takedown, only for Safarov to bounce back up early, but the South American came straight back at him.

Vieira lifted up his opponent and slammed him to the mat and had his back, leading to Safarov to spin out in desperation.

But it was a move welcomed by the Brazil fighter as he transitioned it into an arm-triangle, jumping into side control and finished the choke.

And it was not until after his victory that the true extent of the damage to his eye was revealed as he spoke post-fight.

He then explained how he knew he had to go for the finish in the first as it would have been difficult for him to continue.

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