Manager & Coach Say Edson Barboza Was Eye Poked At UFC Fight Night Philadelphia

Edson Barboza suffered s first round knockout loss to Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC Fight Night Philadelphia.

There was apparently some controversy in the fight that didn’t get noticed because Barboza allegedly got poked in the eye by Gaethje a short time before the finishing sequence.

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Alex Davis, who is Barboza’s manager, would take to Twitter to show that Barboza was poked in the eye by Gaethje:


Anderson Franca is Barboza’s muay thai coach and he took to Instagram to talk about the alleged eye poke:


Here is a translation of what Franca wrote, provided by Google Translate:

“I really think that this fight would be one of the best fight of the year, @justin_gaethje is an excellent fighter, he is certainly among the best in the world. We have a lot of respect for him and his team, I do not know if the result would be another or not, but I believe that the fight would have been much longer, if there was no such incident. We appreciate the affection of all, I can guarantee that we donate 100 percent to represent our country. Big hug to all.”

There is no word at this time if Barboza or his team plans on appealing the loss that was apparently caused by the eye poke.

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