Rogan calls for no leniency in cases of intentional eye-gouging

Friday, February 16, 2018

UFC 221 suffered one of the most egregious fouls in memory, as welterweight Li Jingliang grotesquely gouged his way out of a sunk guillotine. That would be illegal at UFC 1, marketed as “There are no rules.” The green Australian ref did nothing.

Jingliang, along with Jake Matthews, won a $50,000 performance bonus. During a recent JRE MMA Show podcast, commentator Joe Rogan was not impressed.

“I thought it was f***ing bulls***,” said Rogan, as transcribed by Mike Bohn for MMAjunkie. “You can’t let a guy get away with that, or he’s going to do it again. … You don’t do it that way. You tap. It’s straight up cheating; it’s not just shady. It’s cheating.

“They should tell him, ‘If this ever happens again, if you ever think you’re going to do this again, we’re going to kick you out of the league.’ You can’t do that. You can’t gouge someone’s eye when they’re choking you.”

“It felt like the fingers were in long enough for him to know the fingers were in there. The referee f***ed up. The UFC should do something. Someone should do something. Maybe, even in Nevada? You’ve got to look at that and go, ‘Hey man, you can’t ever do this again. And we have to fine you. You should be suspended, and if you ever do this again, you’re out.’ You can’t gouge someone’s eyes. They’ll lose their vision. We can’t have any leniency whatsoever toward intentional eye-gouging. Zero.”

“Every time an eye-poke happens, whether it’s intentional or not, take a point away. I think it’s a good move. Eye-gouges like that, I think is grounds for disqualification. You can’t allow any room for that. Guys are going to get blind. It could happen. Most guys are completely ethical and would never think of doing this.”

Rogan said and rightly that in this case, Li Jingliang should be disqualified.