MMA star Priscila Cachoeira was caught trying to gouge her opponent's eye TWICE during their clash at UFC 269.
The 33-year-old was made to submit by Gillian Robertson just one second before the end of the first round of their clash in Las Vegas.
But not before Cachoeira, who missed weight prior to the 129lb fight, attempted to use some dirty tactics to claw her way free of a rear-naked choke.
Replays showed the Brazilian tried to gouge the eye of Robertson not once but TWICE.
Yet the attempts did not work as Robertson shook it off before applying the choke hold even more vigorously.
And as the bell for the end of the round fast approached, Cachoeira could not stand the pain any longer as she gave in and tapped out.
Commentator Joe Rogan was not impressed with the shocking tactics from Cachoeira as he slammed the MMA fighter.
While analysing the replay on ESPN's live coverage, the former MMA fighter turned podcast host said: “Look at this. She definitely looked like she was trying to stick a finger in her eye.
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"She does! 100 per cent. That’s so dirty! That is so nasty.”
But after the fight Cachoeira insisted she had not intended to gouge Robertson's eye.
She told MMA Fighting: “It wasn’t my intention to [gouge] her eye when she was on my back. I didn’t know it was going in the direction of her eye. My intention was to go for her neck and push it.
"That was my intention but I was desperate, almost snoring, and it’s a matter of survival, right?
"I want to get it off. But it wasn’t my intention to hit her eyes. Never. I’m a professional and I’ve already apologised to her in person and via Instagram, and she was super cool.
"Critics will come, right? There’s no other way. I’ll wait for the dust to settle and work to come back stronger.
“I’ll fix my mistakes. I apologise once again for what happened. It won’t happen again.
"She was on my back – how would I know? If I had to suffer any punishment it would come at that moment.”
After her win, Robertson addressed the eye gouging by saying: "I don’t even think he [the referee] gave her a warning because there was two that were pretty clear that I felt [involved a] thumb straight in my eye.
"But I was just trying to squeeze, squeeze. Before the first one, I actually felt her body go limp a little bit, so I thought she was out and then I felt the thumb go straight in my eye. I was like, ‘Oh, she’s not out. OK.'"
But while she was not best pleased with Cachoeira's conduct, Robertson ultimately forgave her opponent.
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"Sometimes I guess you don’t really know what’s going through her head," she added. "I don’t know. She was probably in a moment of desperation, didn’t really have a defense, so her defense was her eye gouge.
"I don’t necessarily have any hard feelings towards her for that or professionally.
"Like I said, it’s not great to miss weight, but other than that, it is what it is. We fought it out and we can hug at the end of the day."
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