VIDEO: Referee Herb Dean Stops Fight as UFC Fighter Tries to Cheat the Eye Test After an Eye-Poke
UFC Vegas 30 featured an exciting featherweight fight between Andre Fili and Daniel Pineda. Both men are currently unranked in the division and had an excellent opportunity to take a leap forward in the rankings with a good display tonight. What started off as an extremely exciting fight between two evenly matched fighters ended after an accidental eye poke.
During an exchange in close quarters, Fili tried to push Pineda away. In the process, unknowingly his fingers went straight into his opponent’s eye that was compromised, to begin with. Pineda had a massive cut above his left eye due to a kick that Fili landed. The accidental eye poke further worsened the injury, and he was unable to see from the left eye.
Unfortunately due to an eye poke in the second round, Andre Fili vs. Daniel Pineda ends in a no contest.#UFCVegas30 pic.twitter.com/ZeHzBSj0lp
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) June 26, 2021
When the doctor was called in to check on the eye, he asked Pineda if he was alright and he could continue, to which Pineda replied yes. In order to make sure that he could see correctly, the doctor covered his right eye and help up three fingers, and asked Pineda to guess how many fingers he was holding up. Pineda said one. He insisted that could not see properly because of the blood. However, Herb Dean stepped in and called the fight as he recognized that Pineda’s vision was clearly compromised.
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Andre Fili put on an impressive display against Daniel Pineda
The fight was an extremely entertaining one for the first two rounds. Both men were extremely evenly matched. However, it was Fili who had a slight edge in the bout. Over the course of the fight, he landed an impressive 44 total strikes with an accuracy of 56%. Furthermore, he landed 34 significant strikes with an accuracy of 51%. Fili was also extremely good in the wrestling department, stuffing all seven of Pineda’s takedowns and landing one of his own during the fight.
HOW DID HE JUST EAT THOSE?! #UFCVegas30 pic.twitter.com/AEBqct3wEr
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) June 26, 2021
Although the fight did not end the way he would have hoped, the performance put on by Fili was extremely impressive. ‘Touchy’ suffered a loss in his last outing and a win tonight would have been welcome. However, given the way the fight played out, there is a possibility that the promotion could rematch the two men.
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