Should Leon Edwards have been DQ’d for eye poke?

What mattered most at UFC Battle Night 187 at the UFC Peak on Las Vegas? Here are a couple of post-fight musings …

1. The eye poke problem

Nobody mores than happy with the method the centerpiece ended in between [autotag]Leon Edwards[/autotag] and [autotag]Belal Muhammad[/autotag]. I have actually seen a lot from cageside over my years covering the sport, however my skin was crawling when Muhammad decreased with that eye poke. His response was truly uneasy, and it’s really eliminating that he reported “no permanent damage” to his eye after being taken a look at at the healthcare facility. Now, the concern we must ask: Was this scenario managed appropriately? Edwards (18-3 Mixed Martial Arts, 10-2 UFC) was alerted by referee Herb Dean in the preliminary about possible eye pokes, then he struck Muhammad (18-3 Mixed Martial Arts, 9-3 UFC) with one in the 2nd frame that ended the battle. I do not believe Edwards did this deliberately by any ways, however the Brit did not appropriately manage his weapons in the octagon, and it destroyed the battle. In the beginning, I believed a disqualification was possibly called for. Then I faced Dean at the airport leaving Las Vegas, and I’m persuaded the proper call was made. Dean stated he just likes to provide DQs if there’s a degree of malice included with a nasty. He mentioned the truth that matches including fighters in a mirror position can be a lot more favorable to eye pokes, and though Edwards was alerted early in the battle, Dean mentioned the movement of how the 2 professional athletes came together as simply a regrettable and unforeseen minute. Eye pokes occur a lot in Mixed Martial Arts battles. Usually we ignore them and proceed due to the fact that the fighters have the ability to continue. It so occurs this one got Muhammad in an actually bad method, and in a prominent, centerpiece area. It drew for everybody included, however upon reflection, a no contest instead of putting a loss on Edwards’ record and a win on Muhammad’s, looks like properly to go.

2. Edwards’ post-fight mistake

Edwards revealed regret over the regrettable minute in the cage, once he began doing his post-fight interviews, I believe he eliminated any compassion that may have been credited in his instructions. If Edwards had actually just said sorry, stated he was managing the battle approximately the point of the nasty (which he was) and most likely would have won, then stated he needs to proceed to a rightful leading 3 or leading 5 match, I believe a great deal of individuals would’ve concurred. Rather, he promoted the next title shot, which rubbed lots of people the incorrect method. The previous 2 years have actually been incredibly rough for Edwards. His eight-fight winning streak ought to’ve placed him for a title shot, however COVID-19 constraints, battle cancellations, mistimed callouts and more have actually triggered much of the fanbase to turn versus him. He didn’t precisely assist that by stating he needs to be battling Kamaru Usman next, specifically with the no contest vs. Muhammad still so fresh. Could Edwards really get his desire, though? I would not one hundred percent guideline it out. He lags Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington in the line, I’d envision, however if the UFC can’t complete an offer with either of those 2 traditionally hard figures, perhaps Edwards can get his opportunity. That looks like wishful thinking for him, however, and Edwards might need to rapidly accept the truth he’ll require another win prior to landing in a title battle. [listicle id=594903]

3. Dan Ige’s one-hitter quitter

[autotag]Dan Ige[/autotag] measured up to both of his labels in the very best method possible versus Gavin Tucker. “Dynamite” went off in the octagon when he put his fist to Tucker’s chin for the knockout in simply 22 seconds, and it protected him the “$50k” reward for a “Performance of the Night.” The majority of were anticipating a more competitive – or at worst – longer battle in between Ige (15-3 Mixed Martial Arts, 7-2 UFC) and Tucker. That wasn’t occurring, however. Ige linked with a perfect punch to the chin of his challenger and Tucker was done on effect. It was a hell of a method for Ige to rebound from a centerpiece loss to Calvin Kattar this previous summer season, and revealed he belongs at the elite of the featherweight department. His post-fight callout of Chan Sung Jung was ideal, and it might be really achievable for him.

4. Another prohibited knee debate

Did [autotag]Eryk Anders[/autotag] not see UFC 259 simply one week prior to his battle with Darren Stewart? If not, he’s going to be regretting not paying closer attention to Aljamain Sterling’s questionable title win over Petr Yan. Anders robbed himself of a success when he unlawfully kneed Stewart in the head throughout the preliminary of their middleweight primary card opener. He’d harm Stewart severely with strikes and was pounding his British enemy around the octagon prior to he made the mistake of the prohibited shot, and as an outcome it was considered a no contest. Not just did Anders cost himself a win – and possibly an efficiency reward – for his error, however he deducted what would’ve been a vital profession success from his record. It was the best call by referee Herb Dean under the situations (and didn’t necessitate a disqualification due to the fact that less than one round of cage time had actually been finished), however “Ya Boi” is going to be kicking himself for a while over that a person.

5. The UFC Peak experience On an individual note, UFC Battle Night 187 was a little bit of an unique experience. It was the very first time in more than a year that I have actually covered an occasion in Las Vegas for Mixed Martial Arts Addict, and my very first time participating in a battle card at the UFC Peak. I certainly miss out on the environment of remaining in a jam-packed arena with all the fans, however it’s tough not to value the individuality of the center. The acoustics of the fighter walkout tunes are as clear as I have actually ever heard in a location, and seeing the real battles is extremely cool. You can hear whatever therein. I might hear Brendan Fitzgerald, Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier commentating the battles nearly as if I was seeing the broadcast; might hear the corners advising their professional athletes as if it were a direct audio feed; and the noises of every heavy breath, strike thrown/landed, foot motion throughout the canvas and other small information were clear as day. I’m unsure just how much longer the UFC will continue to hold battle cards at the Peak with the coronavirus pandemic relatively deviating for the much better with vaccinations ending up being more extensive. Even if that was the very first and last time I see a program there, I’ll always remember what it resembled to see a card because place.



Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.