UFC star Marvin Vettori’s face was left unrecognisable after a brutal battering by Jared Cannonier.
The pair fought in the main event at UFC Vegas 75.
Cannonier secured victory last night via an unanimous decision.
Vettori started well, landing a big punch in the opening round before his American opponent settled.
Cannonier grew into the contest and by round three left his rival’s face covered in blood.
The Italian fought on as he refused to give up but in the final round he was hit with a big shot that knocked him to the deck.
After the fight, former fighter Ali Abdelaziz posted a selfie alongside Vettori, who looked battered and bruised.
His face was a mix of red and purple as the consequences of the brutal clash were left clearly visible.
Abdelaziz captioned the post: “They don’t come tougher than him.”
Fans also praised the Italian’s spirit, one said: “I knew he was tough and could take a punch but damn. The definition of a warrior, never game up and kept fighting until the end.”
Another added: “One of the toughest on the planet.”
A third added: “Vettori getting pounded like veal.”
He has now lost three of his last five fights.
As for Cannonier, he has won four or his previous five bouts with his only loss coming to Israel Adesanya.