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Tatsuya Kawajiri Suffers Detached Retina For the Third Time, Out of Action Indefinitely

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Just when we were getting used to having Tatsuya Kawajiri around in the UFC, the Japanese veteran has been sidelined with a detached retina. Kawajiri suffered the injury to his left eye during a recent sparring session, and his date of return is uncertain. This is the third time that “Crusher” has suffered a detached retina in his left eye, following incidents earlier in his career when he was competing for PRIDE and Shooto.

Kawajiri most recently lost a unanimous decision to Clay Guida at the UFC’s Abu Dhabi show in April, which snapped a six-fight win streak. A fight between Kawajiri and Darren Elkins was in the works for UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs. Nelson (September 20th; Saitama, Japan), but that’s clearly not happening anymore. We’ll update you when we know more about Kawajiri’s recovery timeline.


Photo: Alan Belcher’s Eyeball Is Doing Just Fine, Relatively Speaking

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As we mentioned yesterday, Alan Belcher is currently recovering from the nasty eye-poke he received from Michael Bisping at UFC 159, and had to receive eight stitches in his right eyelid — which sounds like he got off easy when you consider how absolutely awful that thing looked on Saturday. (I was bracing myself for a gruesome spray of half-and-half.) No word yet on a timetable for Belcher’s return to competition; let’s just hope this isn’t a career-ender.

Previously: MMA Photo Tribute: 16 Seriously Messed-Up Eyes