Donald Cerrone apologized to fans after his eye swelled so tightly shut after blowing his nose that he was unable to continue his bout.
The American, 36, was taking on compatriot Tony Ferguson in the UFC 238 showpiece in Chicago last night.
But the eagerly-anticipated fight did not end how either fighter – or the viewing public – would have wanted.
Between the second and third rounds, Cerrone tried to blow his broken nose.
However, it only succeeded in leaving ‘The Cowboy’ unable to see out of his right eye as it closed up and the doctor said he was not allowed to continue.
Speaking in the octagon, UFC star Cerrone said: “That was the fight I think everybody wanted.
“I’m so sorry. I don’t quit. I don’t back down.
“Man, I just wanted to keep fighting. I was just asking, ‘Can you just push the air back down?’ That’s all I wanted.
I’m a veteran, I’m old school, and I should’ve known that. But I did, and I humbly couldn’t finish the fight, and I apologize.
“You’re right, I shouldn’t have blown my nose.
“I’m a veteran, I’m old school, and I should’ve known that.
“But I did, and I humbly couldn’t finish the fight, and I apologise.”
There were a few moments of tension during the bout, especially when Ferguson landed a late blow.
But it was ruled that the shot did not have an impact on the eye, ruling out a disqualification or no contest.
And Cerrone agreed. He said: “The punch had nothing to do with it.”
So referee Dan Miragliotta ruled Ferguson the winner via injury TKO.
Even Ferguson was unhappy with the way it finished.
He said: “”That’s not how I wanted it to go. No words. I don’t like to win that way.”
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