After Belal Muhammad suffered a serious eye poke in his UFC Vegas 21 main event against Leon Edwards, he posts an update on his condition — this and more on today's social media roundup.
Belal Muhammad's Vision Is Returning
Belal's biggest test to date was cut short when a devastating eye poke ending his first main event. In the second round, Leon Edward's landed an accidental eye poke that had Belal kneeling over screaming. Shortly after the fight was ruled as a no-contest with many fans seriously concerned for Belal's eye. At the time of the stoppage, Belal could not see a thing. Fortunately, he now says there is no permanent damage and that his vision is slowly returning.
My heart is shattered my first main event ended like that but Gods the best of planners im sorry to the fans and the @ufc you deserved a full fight.. Alhamdillah the vision is coming back and no permanent damage to the eye I’ll be back and want to run it back @Leon_edwardsmma pic.twitter.com/5xsvhmZ5Uh— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 14, 2021
While Leon Edwards is hoping for a title shot in the future, Belal is hoping to rematch Edwards as soon as he can.
Petr Yan Makes Fun Of Eryk Anders After An Illegal Knee Ends His Fight
Eryk Anders fight against Darren Stewart was called off after Anders landed an illegal knee. Of course, just a week prior a similar situation happened in the bantamweight title fight between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling. Anders poked fun at Yan's illegal shot a week ago when he joked that Yan was using Pride rules. Yan made sure to rub salt in the situation by bringing up Ander's old tweet.
---- https://t.co/Suzv3vGuKb— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) March 14, 2021
Daniel Cormier Defends "Biased Commentary" Claims Against Him From UFC 259
Many people had issues with the commentary from the UFC 259 main event where Jan Blachowitz defeated Israel Adesanya. Fans believed Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier were much too biased in Adesanya's favor. A fan tweeted DC about his thought on the "extremely biased" commentary and DC defended himself after he rewatched the event.
I just rewatched. I don’t agree at all. I was actually speaking to Jan and the times he was successful. I had fight 2-2 going into 5 and after watching it again I feel same way. Nothing changed. And btw Jan did bite on a ton of fakes and feints. Izzy didn’t capitalize https://t.co/WTvZ8G0Y4o— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) March 11, 2021
Darren Till Has An Interesting Idea For New UFC Gloves Amidst Eye Poke Controversy
Top-ranked Middleweight Darren Till is never one to shy away from sharing his opinions. The same can be said when an opportunity to joke presents itself. Darren took to Twitter to share his brilliant idea: kitchen mitts. Till himself is preparing for a return against rising Marvin Vettori in an April 10th main event on the ABC network.
Petition for these to be the new gloves pic.twitter.com/pT8a0SGU6D— D (@darrentill2) March 14, 2021
Leon Edwards Shares Marvin Hagler Inspiration Prior To The Announcement Of His Passing
During UFC Vegas 21, headlined by Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad, It was announced that boxing legend Marvin Hagler had passed away. The last thing Edwards posted before heading to his fight was a classic picture of Hagler with a classic hat. Possibly a premonition of what was to come for Edwards return bout: War. ESPN's Ariel Helwani dived deeper into the connection between the two/
Leon Edwards said at the post-presser that he watched Marvin Hagler clips all week for inspiration. This was the last thing he posted on IG before heading to the Apex and before the world found out Hagler had passed today. pic.twitter.com/gMNvLjVqur— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 14, 2021
Aljamain Sterling Does Not Understand Why The UFC Has Not Changed The Glove Design
We need new gloves. Period!— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) March 14, 2021
They’re out there. I just don’t understand what we’re waiting for to make these changes. How many more eye injuries do we need to bring these new gloves in, that significantly reduce the spreading of the fingers.#UFCVegas21
It seems that all anyone could talk about after UFC Vegas 21 was the eye poke in the main event and what should be done about it. Sterling says changing the glove design would be a huge improvement. Many fans noted that MMA coach Trevor Whitman has designed a glove with curved finger slots that significantly reduces the chance of a severe eye poke.
Henry Cejudo Exchanges Words With Boxer Canelo Alvarez
Henry Cejudo has made mention of boxing rising star Ryan Garcia, who is close friends with pound for pound king Canelo Alvarez. Cejudo posted an exchange between the two that remained friendly and playful. "I'm ready man, I'm ready. Someone's gotta bend the knee to triple C," Cejudo said while flexing.
Close Up Shot Reveals Just How Bad Eye Poke To Belal Muhammad Was
For anyone in doubt, a perfectly timed photo of the eye poke which ended Leon Edward's return to the Octagon shows just how serious the eye poke was. While Belal is now recovering, the fight was ruled a no-contest after Belal could not continue.
Estrada Vs Chocolatito 2 Delivers
For those who missed the DAZN boxing main event that coincided with UFC Vegas 21, the rematch of Juan Francisco Estrada vs Chocolatito Gonzalez 2 was chock full of action. Estrada won the competitive match by split decision, making their rivalry tied at one win apiece.
PUNCHES IN BUNCHES.— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) March 14, 2021
EVERY. SINGLE. ROUND. -- pic.twitter.com/d9qbayzwxl
Lion Fight 64 Ends With A Tornado Kick Finish
Muay Thai promoter Lion Fight had an amazing finish to their most recent card. Steve Walker, the super cruiserweight champion, landed a must-see TKO against opponent Brian Collette. The finish occurred early on in the second minute of the first round.
Michael Chandler Drives a "Bentley, Drinks Dustin Poirier's Hot Sauce
The newest contender in the UFC's lightweight division, Michael Chandler, has had his share of fun joking about Dustin Poirier's hot sauce. On Instagram Chandler posted a video of himself in the world's smallest Bentley, drinking Dustin's Louisiana-style hot sauce, and listening to Fleetwood Mac.