Mark Martin’s eye popped out of its socket when he blew his nose

  • MMA fighter Mark Martin has suffered one of the most serious injuries of the year so far.
  • The American was hit, then blew his nose, blowing his eye out of socket.
  • See a photo and video of the incident here, but be warned, it’s graphic.

An MMA fighter’s eye popped out of its socket when he was hit and then blew his nose during a recent Professional Fighters League match on Friday at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Mark Martin was competing against Dilano Taylor in a welterweight bout on the four-fight PFL Challenger Series 2 card, designed to funnel promising talent into the full PFL season which begins April 20.

The 28-year-old American’s bout was called off after the first round after the referee sought medical attention due to an eye injury.

It was quickly apparent that Martin’s left eye was protruding from his skull and appeared to be in an almost detached state.

WARNING: Graphic

See a photo and video of the incident here:

Mark Martin suffered a nasty eye injury on Friday.

Mark Martin suffered a nasty eye injury on Friday.

Photo by PFL


AJ Ariosa, manager at First Round Management, represents Martin and says MMA Junkie that it all happened because the pressure of blowing his nose caused his eye to explode.

“Looks like he’s going to be ready to go,” Ariosa said. “No surgery.”

Martin was advised not to fly home from Florida because “the air pressure in the plane could move the fracture”, which could cause the fighter greater discomfort.

They instead began a 2,200-mile journey across the country to Arizona.

Elsewhere on the card, Chris Mixan beat Nathan Pierce in round two with punches, Carlos Leal Miranda finished Korey Kuppe in round one and Jarrah Al-Silawi beat Michael Lilly with a knee.

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