Last Saturday’s UFC event was probably one of the strangest shows in a long time. It could’ve been the final haunting by the ghost of UFC 151, or it could’ve just been one of those nights where nothing goes as planned. Sometimes these things happen in MMA. We saw multiple fights end early, and Gian Villante and Ovince St. Preux. Villante was poked in the eye, and when the referee asked him if he could see, Villante said “no, I just got poked in the eye.” That’s a truthful and accurate statement. However, that statement also ended the fight.
In MMA there is no five minute recovery time for getting poked in the eye. You either have to gut it out or tell the ref the truth, which could end the fight.
Dana White spoke on this at the post fight media scrum:
“He should have had a doctor come in,” “You stop the fight. You send the guy to a neutral counter. You have a doctor come in a check him out, and the doctor determines whether he can go on or not. That’s what should have happened.”