Devin Powell Says He Was Blinded By Hematoma in Right Eye During UFC Argentina Bout

By: Tristen Critchfield
Nov 20, 2018


Devin Powell lost a unanimous decision to Jesus Pinedo at UFC Fight Night 140, but considering the circumstances, he was fortunate to escape the lightweight bout without suffering any serious injuries.

Powell revealed via social media on Tuesday that he suffered a hematoma inside his right eye during the Nov. 17 bout at Parque Roca Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina, an ailment which he says blinded him in that eye once it occurred in the middle of the second round. He remained unable to see until he left the hospital that night.

“So that the was scariest injury I’ve had in a fight,” Powell wrote on Instagram. “In the middle of the second round I suffered a hematoma inside my eyeball. My whole right eye filled with blood [as you can see in the photo] making me completely blind in that eye all the way up until I left the hospital that night. No detached retinas, I am always doing a bit better and my foot isn’t broken even though it looks like a giant balloon.”

Powell fell to 1-3 in the Octagon with the defeat to Pinedo. All of his setbacks have come via decision.

“I am very frustrated with the outcome, we game planned for someone who comes straight forward very aggressively but I chased him for 15 minutes except for when I was on my back and he wouldn’t engage on the ground,” Powell wrote. All we can do is get better and find solutions for these stalling points.”

Powell is no stranger to scary injuries. The UFC lightweight suffered a ruptured testicle while sparring with teammate Joe Lauzon earlier this year. After waiting a day and a half to be seen by a doctor, Powell underwent a successful surgery to have the injury fixed.

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So that the was scariest injury I’ve had in a fight. In the middle of the second round I suffered a hematoma inside my eyeball. My whole right eye filled with blood (as you can see in the photo) making me completely blind in that eye all the way up until I left the hospital that night. No detached retinas, I am always doing a bit better and my foot isn’t broken even though it looks like a giant balloon. I am very frustrated with the outcome, we game planned for someone who comes straight forward very aggressively but I chased him for 15 minutes except for when I was on my back and he wouldn’t engage on the ground. All we can do is get better and find solutions for these stalling points. @ufc eager for the next one. Let’s go.

A post shared by Devin Powell (@devinpowell_nostosmma) on Nov 19, 2018 at 2:31pm PST

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