No one particular is content with the way the major function ended concerning Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad. I’ve seen a large amount from cageside more than my many years masking the sport, but my skin was crawling when Muhammad went down with that eye poke. His reaction was really worrisome, and it is really relieving that he documented “no everlasting damage” to his eye immediately after currently being checked out at the clinic.
Now, the problem we need to ask: Was this predicament handled properly? Edwards (18-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) was warned by referee Herb Dean in the initial spherical about potential eye pokes, then he strike Muhammad (18-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) with one particular in the next body that finished the struggle. I really do not feel Edwards did this intentionally by any indicates, but the Brit did not adequately regulate his weapons in the octagon, and it ruined the combat.
At initially, I imagined a disqualification was perhaps warranted. Then I ran into Dean at the airport leaving Las Vegas, and I’m persuaded the ideal simply call was designed. Dean explained he only likes to issue DQs if there is a degree of malice included with a foul. He cited the point that matchups involving fighters in a mirror stance can be a good deal additional conducive to eye pokes, and even though Edwards was warned early in the struggle, Dean cited the motion of how the two athletes arrived together as just an unfortunate and untimely minute.
Eye pokes happen a large amount in MMA fights. Far more often than not we forget about about them and go on due to the fact the fighters are ready to continue on. It just so takes place this a single obtained Muhammad in a truly bad way, and in a superior-profile, most important function place. It sucked for everybody associated, but on reflection, a no contest as opposed to placing a decline on Edwards’ record and a get on Muhammad’s, looks like the suitable way to go.