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UFC Vegas 21: Execs react to controversial eye poke in Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad bout

Reactions to an eye fixed poke ending Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad at UFC Vegas 21.

For Leon Edwards, it was his first struggle in slightly below two years and an opportunity to show he was nonetheless one of many elite welterweight prime contenders. For Belal Muhammad, it was an opportunity to tug off a significant upset and make himself a much bigger identify and get such prime contenders’ bout.

But it surely all was for naught. An unintended eye poke within the second spherical introduced the struggle, which served because the UFC Vegas 21 principal occasion, to a no-decision.

This struggle marked Edwards’ first struggle since mid-2019. The COVID-19 pandemic prevented an early 2020 matchup with Tyron Woodley from occurring, and Edwards was initially booked to face Khamzat Chimaev, a bout that has been scrapped 3 times as a consequence of each males, notably Chimaev, having constructive checks.

Edwards entered this struggle on an eight-fight win streak, which included wins over Vicente Luque, Bryan Barbarena, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Gunnar Nelson and Rafael dos Anjos.

Muhammad entered this struggle off 4 straight victories and eight wins in his final 9 bouts. This was a fast turnaround for Muhammad, who fought simply final month at UFC 258 in a victorious outing over Dhiego Lima by way of unanimous determination.

UFC Vegas 21: Brutal eye poke ends Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad as a no-decision

Edwards regarded nice within the opening body, utilizing Muhammad’s personal key to victory in opposition to him in pushing the tempo and controlling the motion. After an eye fixed poke already occurred earlier within the struggle, nonetheless, Edwards by chance poked Muhammad within the eye once more within the second.

Muhammad, who was already bleeding after a head kick, was in regarding ache, along with his eye reddened and bloodied. The struggle was referred to as off with no winner.

See how fellow fighters reacted to the unlucky end result:

It was the second struggle at UFC Vegas 21 to finish with no winner, following the primary card opening bout of Eryk Anders vs. Darren Stewart.

UFC Vegas 21 befell on Saturday, March 13, 2021, stay from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Observe together with FanSided for all of your stay information and highlights.