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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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UFC 166 results: Velasquez stops Cigano in 5 rounds

Written on October 20, 2013 by Hector

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The Baddest man on the Planet: Cain Velasquez defeated Junior dos Santos in their rubber match at UFC 166

Houston, Texas – The much anticipated trilogy between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos turned out pretty similar to their rematch, albeit with more definitive results. The 32 year old champ played the perfect game; he dominated dos Santos in all the aspects of the fight, even in the striking department, where Cigano supposedly had an advantage. Just like their last fight, Velasquez negated the heavy hands of dos Santos by backing him up into the cage. The rest of the fight played out the same scenario; Velasquez controlling dos Santos in the clinch while chipping at him with dirty boxing. Cigano eventually succumbed due to the accumulation of punishment in the 5th round, he fell face first in to the canvass after a failed front choke attempt. Seeing Cigano’s vulnerable state, Referee Herb Dean decided to put a halt to the contest with 3:09 remaining in the final round.

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