“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… The guys said, ‘can you see?’ He said, ‘I can’t see,’ so he stopped the fight. He said I can’t see because I got poked in the (expletive) eye. Give me a minute. But apparently, what Joe Silva (UFC matchmaker) was telling me, there’s no poke in the eye rule here. If you get kicked in the groin you get five minutes to recover from it. There’s nothing in the rules about a poke to the eye because in boxing there is no poked in the eye. Guys don’t get poked in the eye anymore in boxing. What needs to happen is that ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions) needs to get together and we need to come up with a few things. We really need to revamp some rules and regs. Obviously the eye poke thing is a big deal. We need to talk about that. And the other thing is this three-point thing where you can’t get kneed if you have your finger on the ground. That’s not what the rule was meant for, so I think we’re due.”
Following the UFC 159 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White addressed the media with his thoughts on so much needed rule changes for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.
Is the UFC boss on the right track?