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Getting poked in the eye is scary.

Getting poked in the eye in the middle of a fight with a world-class fighter is scary as Hell. Those are the words that Johny Hendricks used to describe seeing double after being poked in the eye by Josh Koscheck early in the first round.

"He landed a lot because he poked my eye and I was seeing double for the first three mintues," said Hendricks. "I didn’t see clearly again until the second round. So the first round I was trying to circle away and close one eye every so often so I could get a good fix on him and try to throw."

What made the situation scarier than Hell, was that Hendricks felt he couldn't do anything about it.

It is standard at a show of the UFC's magnitude for the ref to individually speak in the locker room with each fighter on the card that he will be officiating, in order to clarify any rules questions. Before UFC on FOX 3, during that meeting Johny Hendricks asked referee Kevin Mulhall about what to do if he got accidentally poked in the eye by Josh Koscheck.

"I said, 'If he pokes me in the eye, what are you doing to do?' He said, 'I can't stop it,'" Hendricks related. "'You don't get a five-minute break, and you can't say you can't see, or the fights going to be over.'"

So Hendricks fought on, eventually taking a split decision, and with it the possibility of facing the winner of GSP vs. Condit for the world Welterweight championship.

In a post fight interview Ariel Helwani had a blunt question for Hendricks. "Do you think he did that on purpose?" asked Helwani.

"He does it every fight," said Hendricks. "That’s just him. We knew about it. That’s why I was trying to throw and move my head out of the way. I was moving my head more this fight when I was trying to throw punches because I didn’t want to get poked in the eye because he’s always sticking that hand out there. It ended up catching me and it hurt me."

To make matters worse, Hendricks had mono shortly before the fight.

“I guess I had God on my side. I had a tough training camp. These last two weeks, I was battling some mean stuff, but my coaches kept me positive,” Hendricks said. “I had bronchitis, and then mono -- two great ones to have three weeks before the fight, right?”

“Both [Koscheck and Fitch] are tough fighters. I feel blessed to be in same Octagon as them. Now I just have to go home and be prepared for a title shot. I fought hard tonight and got my hand raised.”


5/7/12 9:02 AM
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Hendricks is correct. It happens in almost every Koscheck fight.

Kos is #5 on the Bleacher Report's Dirtiest MMA Fighter List.
5/7/12 9:05 AM
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I'll have to investigate his old fights now. Phone Post
5/7/12 9:18 AM
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Didn't Semtex attempt to eye gouge Kos?? Maybe retaliatory, will have to re-watch that.

GSP's near blinding of Kos seems like karma in hindsight. Phone Post
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You can't blame kos for poking people in the eye all the time. He gets that hand right out there to get his range, he just needs to somehow stop individual fingers going in eye balls Phone Post
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downunderground - You can't blame kos for poking people in the eye all the time. He gets that hand right out there to get his range, he just needs to somehow stop individual fingers going in eye balls Phone Post
If only there were some mechanism for curling one's fingers inward towards the palm. Phone Post
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MahatmaPetey - 
downunderground - You can't blame kos for poking people in the eye all the time. He gets that hand right out there to get his range, he just needs to somehow stop individual fingers going in eye balls <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>
If only there were some mechanism for curling one's fingers inward towards the palm. <img src="/images/phone/droid.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


LOL - this.
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Kos likes to paw with his left and push your hand away before he spams his right hand. of course he poked Hendrick's eye and he will do it to his next opponent too.
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MahatmaPetey -
downunderground - You can't blame kos for poking people in the eye all the time. He gets that hand right out there to get his range, he just needs to somehow stop individual fingers going in eye balls Phone Post
If only there were some mechanism for curling one's fingers inward towards the palm. Phone Post
Haha nice Phone Post
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P4PKING - I really thought it was a punch that he hit Hendricks with. I only saw it the one time so I could be wrong, but it really looked like a punch to me. <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>



You missed the replay?
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MahatmaPetey - 
downunderground - You can't blame kos for poking people in the eye all the time. He gets that hand right out there to get his range, he just needs to somehow stop individual fingers going in eye balls 
If only there were some mechanism for curling one's fingers inward towards the palm. 
LOL - this.

 
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It is a dirty tactic by kos and happens to frequently , one day he is going to seriously injure someone with it
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downunderground -  You can't blame kos for poking people in the eye all the time. He gets that hand right out there to get his range, he just needs to somehow stop individual fingers going in eye balls Phone Post

 Yes you can. 

He needs to close the hand if he wants to do that. 

Why is it that tons of other fighters use the lead as a probe and don't constantly poke people?
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He needs to adapt the Dodson technique of the double push eye poke with thumbs. Phone Post
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It is fun how we fight by rules that treat everyone the same, so Kongo gets to keep killing balls and Kos gets to keep gouging.
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I dont get it, since when doesn't a fighter get 5 minutes after an eye poke. Phone Post
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MahatmaPetey - 
downunderground - You can't blame kos for poking people in the eye all the time. He gets that hand right out there to get his range, he just needs to somehow stop individual fingers going in eye balls <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>
If only there were some mechanism for curling one's fingers inward towards the palm. <img src="/images/phone/droid.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


Awesome! Too funny.

I wonder how decisively Pierce would've beaten Kos if he wasn't getting poked all night? And why the hell do these refs give out warnings (as happened in the Pierce fight) if they're not going to follow through with any kind of consequence? The UFC really needs to start cracking down on eye pokes and shots to the back of the head.
5/7/12 11:16 AM
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Hendricks kinda lost me claiming to have God on his side LOL but otherwise he's a beast. I can see him beating GSP when given the opportunity. Koscheck's a beast as well but he needs to curb it with the f-ing eyepokes.
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downunderground - You can't blame kos for poking people in the eye all the time. He gets that hand right out there to get his range, he just needs to somehow stop individual fingers going in eye balls <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>
If only there were some mechanism for curling one's fingers inward towards the palm. <img src="/images/phone/droid.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


LOL!


for the record, a lot of guys have done this....Chuck Lidell was also notorious for doing this.


i just got done watching the Hendricks-Kos fight (was gone over the weekend), and IMO it was more of an accident (not saying other times it wasn't just incompetance). also, that was a bad decision....i really didn't see Hendricks did much to beat Kos, but i guess they based it off the number of strikes landed.

Kos's BJJ game looked good, though.... if he is able to build on that, he might have a really scray element to his game.
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Flexo -  I dont get it, since when doesn't a fighter get 5 minutes after an eye poke. Phone Post

 I have not reffed in Jersey in a while, but I think in Jersey you only get five mins for a nut shot. Otherwise if you can't continue due to an accidental foul it is an NC or if the fight is in, maybe the cutoff is the third round, then you go to judge's score cards.
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LoganClark - It is fun how we fight by rules that treat everyone the same, so Kongo gets to keep killing balls and Kos gets to keep gouging.


Kongo is #3 on the Bleacher Report's Dirtiest MMA Fighter List.
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Kos is going to blind someone
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Hendrix was faking because he knew Kos is known for doing that. Phone Post

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