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UFC seeking for solutions to eliminate eye pokes

Written on October 22, 2013 by Hector

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Tim Boetsch always finds himself in the receiving end of eye pokes

UFC officials are still having a dilemma on how to eliminate or at least lessen the possibility of eye pokes during an MMA match. The organization has started to look for an alternative gloves after UFC 159 but it haven’t helped the situation until now.

In the said PPV card, the co-main event between Alan belcher and Michael Bisping was stopped in the third round when Bisping unintentionally poked the eye of Belcher which rendered him unable to continue. Bisping, who was not deducted for the foul has won the fight via technical decision.

Before that incident, Tim Boetsch suffered an eye poke that resulted in a TKO loss to Costa Philippou in the rematch of Cain and JDS last December. That fight was pretty even until Philippou inadvertently poked Boetsch in the eye in the second frame. The poke clearly affected his performance and Boetsch eventually lost the fight via TKO. He would be again in the receiving end of eye pokes in the recently held UFC 166. In that event, Boetsch was accidentally poked twice by C.B. Dalloway. Dalloway was deducted a point and Boetsch takes the W with a split decision.

Dana White admits that the promotion is having a tough time regarding the issues of accidental eye pokes. He believes that the most possible solution is to remind the fighters to keep their hands closed.

“Keep your f—ing fingers closed. The eye-poke is the most dangerous thing that happen out there. Tim Boetsch already had surgery on his [poked eye], and he pokes him twice. It’s bad. Keep your hands closed.”

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Rousimar Palhares aims to rejuvenate career in welterweight division

Written on October 07, 2013 by Hector

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Rousimar Palhares will make his welterweight debut in UFC Fight Night 29 against Mike Pierce

Submission specialist Rousimar Palhares will make his octagon return this Wednesday in UFC Fight Night 29. Palhares, whose stocky build earned him the nickname “Toquinho”, promised to reinvent himself by dropping to 170lbs for the first time in his career. He made the transition after suffering consecutive knock out losses to Alan Belcher and Hector Lombard. He says that he felt better when he dropped to 170 lbs.

“I feel better than I expected at 170,” he said. “I did a 20-minute fight in the gym one day after I cut down to 170 and did great. I’ve changed everything in my diet. I can eat everything but carbohydrates and sugar. It was tough, man. I loved to eat meat, French fries, chocolate and ice cream, but that’s okay.”

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Yushin Okami cut from the UFC

Written on September 28, 2013 by Hector

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Former middleweight contender Yushin Okami has been cut in the UFC after his TKO loss to Ronaldo Souza

This perhaps is the most surprising of UFC’s roster cuts since the promotion released welterweight contender John Fitch early this year. Officers of UFC have confirmed in MMAjunkie.com that they have released former middleweight contender Yushin Okami.

Okami, who was branded by UFC president Dana White as the best fighter to come out of Japan has been a top ranked fighter since he joined UFC in 2006. He won his debut fight with a decision against Alan Belcher in the preliminary card of UFC 69. Throughout his seven years in the UFC, Okami compiled a record of 18 wins and 5 losses. His impressive resume includes wins over the likes of Mark Munoz, Mike Swick and former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt.

The 32 year old Japanese has been riding on a three fight winning streak before losing by 1st round TKO to Ronaldo Souza in his most recent outing.

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Alan Belcher: Making a Comeback on 2011

Written on October 28, 2010 by Zac Efren

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“Whatever is soon, but when I’m ready. As soon as I’m ready.” ---Alan Belcher

It was very hard for Alan Belcher to hang his fighter’s glove for the mean time in order to go under medication for his eye injury. “It was actually kind of sporadic, but the doctor he’s not really sure if it was one blow or what, but for some reason I had some tears in my retina and it caused it to detach. I didn’t even realize anything was happening until I was down in Brazil training for the Demian Maia fight, and then all of a sudden just lost most of my vision in my eye,” Belcher told MMAWeekly.

He went under the knife twice and currently waiting for the wounds to heal. However, Belcher admitted that he missed training so much. “It’s been a part of my life forever pretty much. I haven’t taken this much time off from sports and exercise in my whole life. I can’t wait.”

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Eye Injury Might Cause Joe Soto his Career

Written on October 03, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Just like Alan Belcher, a detached retina was also found in Joe Soto's eyes. The surgery took place Wednesday and the process for recovery might be long. We hope that it won't be too enough to end his career.

Former Bellator Featherweight Champ Joe Soto is the latest victim of a severe eye injury. The 23-year-old fighter is undergoing a surgery today for a detached retina. This will cost a long recovery process. Soto’s manager Tom Call said that there are complaints about vision problems on the fighters eye. They immediately scheduled a surgery for his retina.

Soto lost his belt earlier this month when Joe Warren claimed it knocking him out with a knee and punches. This occurred in Bellator 30, his first professional setback.

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Alan Belcher is Out of UFN 22

Written on August 03, 2010 by Clive Wilson

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Even before his training ended, Alan Belcher has lost sight of the fight, literally. The fighter has to exit the UFC Fight Night 22 where he is pitted against Demian Maia to have his eyes treated.

Belcher suffered from a detached retina while he was training in Brazil prior to his September 15 UFN brawl in Austin, Texas. His right-eye vision was dimming and he was advised to return to the U.S. to have him treated by specialists. Although it impeded the fight that he and his competitor have been ramping up for, Belcher is fast to gain back his confidence after undergoing surgery to reattach his retina and restore his vision. He even posted this on his Twitter:

“Sorry to my trainers. Sorry to UFC and Demian Maia. I know he has been training specifically for me. Sorry to my fans as well. As long as I get released from doctor, I will try to make UFN 22 to see my fans and watch the fights.”

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