It will take some time before Ariane Lipski can enter the octagon again after her UFC 255 defeat to Antonina Shevchenko, as the Brazilian flyweight revealed Sunday that she suffered a facial fracture during Saturday night’s event in Las Vegas.
Lipski suffered a second-round TKO defeat to Shevchenko in the preliminary portion of the show at the UFC APEX, and released a statement reflecting on the defeat and announcing she is under “observation” and medication after the bout.
Check the full statement below.
Thank you guys for all the support and thoughts!
During the fight, everything is very intense and fast, I made some bad decisions which paid its toll; and I lost.
But no excuses, right guys!?
I was well trained and prepared by my coach Renato Rasta and all the staff who have been working with me.
Now, what else is left to do!? Get back to the gym and train and practice TWICE AS HARD and DEDICATE myself even harder; I’m 26 years old and I love what I do for a living, everything bad that has ever happened to me I’ve used as motivation and fuel!
Yesterday, at the second round, while I was under my opponent, she hit me with her elbow on my left eye and and felt my face going numb right away, my vision went blurred and unfocused and suddenly, everything was so painful and I could only think of protecting my left eye, hoping the pain would go away and I would get back to the fight; but I ran out of time.
Resulted: I have a fracture in one of the bones of my face and, therefore, I still can’t feel my nose nor the left side of my lips/mouth; it’s painful to move my left eye and I still need to stay for observation, but I’m already taking all the medicines necessary.
Special thanks to the UFC staff for taking care so well of its athletes during the fight week and the post fight as well!
A former KSW flyweight champion, Lipski (13-6) dropped to 2-3 under the UFC banner with the defeat, snapping a two-fight winning streak over Isabela de Padua and Luana Carolina.