Belal Muhammad reports ‘no permanent damage’ after eye poke, only ‘shattered heart’

Belal Muhammad states there’s no long-term damage to his eye following his battle with Leon Edwards at UFC Battle Night 187.

Muhammad’s (18-3 Mixed Martial Arts, 9-3 UFC) very first centerpiece chance ended extremely on Saturday when he took an unexpected eye poke from Edwards (18-3 Mixed Martial Arts, 10-2 UFC) in the 2nd round. He remained in pain from the damage, and the contest was waved off as a no contest.

Offered his instant response, there was called for issue that Muhammad might have sustained severe injury to his eye at the UFC Pinnacle in Las Vegas. He reported that’s not the case, nevertheless (by means of Twitter):

My heart is shattered my very first centerpiece ended like that however Gods the very best of organizers im sorry to the fans and the @ufc you was worthy of a complete battle.. Alhamdillah the vision is returning and no irreversible damage to the eye I’ll be back and wish to run it back @Leon_edwardsmma

Previous to the eye poke, Muhammad was having a tough time with Edwards. He got harmed with a head kick and was attempting to turn the momentum far from the Brit entering into the 2nd frame.

The eye poke happened simply seconds in, though, and the battle was stopped.

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Muhammad stated he wishes to rematch Edwards in the future, however when Edwards was inquired about that possibility at the post-fight interview, he appeared to have no interest and plans to progress.

“The writing was on the wall. I was winning the fight clearly,” Edwards stated. “I believe I should be next at the title shot. I’ve built myself back up. That’s what should be next, I think.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.