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UFC 135's Josh Koscheck: Broken Eye Socket More Painful Than Axed-Off Big Toe

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Now that it's confirmed Josh Koscehck is filling it for the injured Diego Sanchez to face former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes at UFC 135, 'Kos' is blogging for Canada's SportsNet. There's a lot to his first entry, including Koscheck's strategy in negotiating a fight with Hughes. More interesting, though, is Koscheck detailing the pain of the broken eye socket he suffered in the first two minutes of his title fight with Georges St. Pierre at UFC 124. To wit:

It was a rough night for me. Pretty much the first punch Georges landed, a hard jab, broke my orbital socket (the round bone in your skull that your eyes sit in) but also my orbital plate (the cheekbone).

I had no depth perception and was basically a one-eyed fighter for the next 23 minutes. I can man up but the pain was just horrible. It hurt worse than anything I've ever experienced. It hurt even more than when I cut my big toe off when I was six -- when I was playing with my grandfather's axe being a little shit.

Seriously -- the eye hurt way worse than chopping my big toe off.

I had major surgery after the fight. The doctors told me that I took the punch right in the eyeball, and what happens when the eye takes a direct impact is the bone explodes and drops down in order to stop the pressure to the eye resulting in an exploding eyeball.