Sean O’Malley may have been robbed of a victory at UFC 276.
An alleged eye poke called a stop to his bout opposite Pedro Munhoz part-way through round two. The fight was ruled a no-contest after Munhoz told the ringside physician he had no vision in his left eye.
YouTuber ‘The MMA Guru’ today uploaded a breakdown of the sequence of events that led to the stoppage. He offers a convincing argument that a punch is what damaged Munoz’s eye, with video evidence supporting the claim.
Does this prove that Munhoz was ‘looking for a way out’ as many fans, and even fellow fighters have claimed? No – the fight should have been stopped regardless. But it does lend credence to the idea that the referee should have ruled the fight a TKO win for O’Malley.
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The best of the rest
- Alexander Volkanovski: Max Holloway trash talk ‘worked against him because it gave me the fire’ at UFC 276 – MMAFighting.com
- Pedro Munhoz releases statement after UFC 276 no contest, says Sean O’Malley eye poke caused ‘scratch in the cornea’ – MMAFighting.com
- Israel Adesanya admits UFC 276 was an off night, responds to crowd boos: ‘They don’t know what real fighting is’ – MMAJunkie.com
- Stockton Slap! Nate Diaz hits media member backstage at UFC 276 – BloodyElbow.com
- Chris Pratt knocks Israel Adesanya for ‘all that talk and then putting on a little bit of pitter patter’ – MMAMania.com
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Two legends share words:
O’Malley and Triple C get heated backstage:
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Sean Strickland gives an update:
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The morning view
Dan Hooker discusses Max Holloway’s options:
Li Jinliang breaks down his upcoming fight at UFC Long Island:
The Weasle details Alex Pereira’s stunning KO of Sean Strickland:
Chael Sonnen asks the question on everyone’s lips:
- None to note
On this day in MMA…
On July 4th, 1999, Mark Kerr would earn his 11th career victory when he submitted Nobuhiko Takada via Kimura at Pride 6 in Yokohama, Japan.
On that same card, Kazushi Sakuraba bested Ebenezer Fontes Braga with an armbar in the first round.