Mike Perry’s nose might never look the same again.
The American MMA fighter took a bloody beating by Brazilian-American Vicente Luque in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night in Uruguay on Saturday.
The two went at it in an intense back-and-forth that ultimately ended in a split decision win for Luque.
But the gruesome moment that had everyone talking came in the third round when a flying knee from Luque shattered Perry’s nose. Blood started pouring everywhere.
By the end of the fight, his nose had migrated over to one side of his face. But when Perry looked up at the screen to survey the damage, he just … smiled.
The blow was so bad that Perry started having trouble breathing and ended up being hospitalized, the UFC on ESPN+ 14 post-show confirmed.
Perry underwent successful nose surgery in Uruguay on Sunday, his manager Abraham Kawa told ESPN. It was a lengthy surgery since Perry had previous fractures in his nose that needed to be taken care of, ESPN reported. He expected to remain in Uruguay for at least a couple days.
While Luque was crowned the winner, the damage to Perry’s nose wasn’t entirely for nothing — the match was named Fight of the Night and both men walked away with an extra $50,000.