May 1, 2013
UFC needs to look at glove issue after slew of eye pokes
By NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI Agency

The current design of gloves worn by MMA fighters like Georges St. Pierre (left) and Nick Diaz often lead to accidental eye pokes. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)

UFC 159 will go down as one of the most bizarre pay-per-views in mixed martial arts history.

A total of three bouts featured premature endings this past Saturday, as Gian Villante and Alan Belcher were on the receiving end of accidental eye pokes — against Ovince St. Preux and Michael Bisping, respectively — while Yancy Medeiros’ thumb was mangled in his bout with Rustam Khabilov. The main event even saw UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones break his toe in gruesome fashion during his first-round stomping of Chael Sonnen.

Though both Jones and Medeiros suffered freak injuries, Belcher and Villante were the victims of an unfortunate trend in MMA. Accidental eye pokes occur too often in the sport — and the current glove design is to blame.



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