A photo from Fight Island shows the painful, lasting effects a brutal body kick can have on a championship fighter’s body

  • Jan Blachowicz beat Dominick Reyes by knockout in the second round of a light heavyweight title bout on Fight Island on Saturday, September 26.
  • But before Blachowicz got the win, he landed a kick so powerful that bruising littered Reyes' torso in an instant.
  • UFC photographer Josh Hedges was Octagonside at the Flash Forum to get a close-up photo of the damage.
  • You can see his photo below.
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A photo from Fight Island shows the painful, lasting effects a brutal, well-timed, body kick can have on a championship fighter body.

The UFC returned to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi for a six week, five event residency in the quarantined bubble, with UFC 253 opening the festival.

A new light heavyweight champion was anointed in the co-main event on Saturday, September 26, with Jan Blachowicz displaying his power in the second round, finishing Dominick Reyes by knockout.

But before his win, a photographer captured the moment which shows the damage a fighter can suffer when a kick lands full whack.

Josh Hedges, who works for UFC parent company Zuffa LLC, was Octagonside at the Flash Forum for the fight.

Here's the bruising he documented:

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

Blachowicz was rewarded with a $50,000 performance-related bonus for finishing Reyes, and advanced his record to 27 wins (eight knockouts, nine submissions, and 10 decisions) against eight losses.

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