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DC responds to eye poke allegations: I didn't do it on purpose.

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  1. KazDibiase "My style is kneeing people in the face."

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    In their first meeting in 2018. Cormier won with a first-round knockout but afterwards there were allegations that an eye poke occurred before the finish that may have altered the direction of the fight. Months later when Miocic was asked about the eye pokes in an interview with MMA Fighting, he declined to address it.

    Then came the rematch where Miocic exacted his revenge but once again the eye pokes apparently played a part with the Cleveland native suffering an injured retina that required a procedure to repair the damage done. Miocic was forced to take time off due to the injury and his agent Jim Walter later released a statement saying the two-time champion “sustained a major retina injury from multiple eye pokes” and that he would return when “he is healthy enough to compete.”

    There are even entire threads on Reddit dedicated to the “did he or didn’t he” aspect of the eye pokes in the fights between Cormier and Miocic.


    In response, Cormier addressed the situation in a recent interview with MMA Fighting where he spoke about the alleged eye pokes that happened in both fights.

    “I’m not purposely doing that,” Cormier said. “I’m not purposely poking him in the eye. That first fight, I kind of poked him in the eye but the issue with that was sometimes when I spar and because I’m shorter, I have the 16-ounce gloves, I can kind of flick my hand towards guys and hit them when they’re a little bit out of range. I think that’s what happened the first time.

    “The second time, once I think my knuckle got jammed into his eye but that’s not a finger. I kind of punched and the thumb was tucked into a fist but the knuckle got him in the eye.”

    “I’m not trying to poke the guy in the eye. That’s f**king stupid,” Cormier said. “Why would I ever do that? I don’t wish long term damage to this guy’s eye. I don’t wish that the guy can’t see out of his freaking eye. That’s crazy.

    “One of my friends and co-workers deals with that, Michael Bisping. I don’t want to see another guy having to deal with that. That’s crazy. I’m not trying to poke this guy in the eye.”


    Miocic knows his sight may never be 20/20 but he told MMA Fighting earlier this year that his vision has vastly improved since having the procedure on his retina. Being cleared by his eye doctor was a major hurdle in booking the trilogy with Cormier in August at UFC 252.

    “I would have been back way earlier,” Miocic said about the eye injury. “It’s definitely way, way, way better. I’ve got spots here and there, I don’t think it’s anything out of the ordinary. I needed glasses in general with the retina or not.”

    While Miocic was faced with the more serious injury, replays have shown that both fighters may have dealt with eye pokes in their previous meetings but Cormier certainly holds no ill will towards his upcoming opponent for what happened.

    “I’ve gotten thumbed to the eye by Stipe before,” Cormier said. “It’s not like he’s never thumbed me in the eye. He’s stuck me in the eye before. Whatever.”

    As their third fight fast approaches in August, Cormier understands that every facet of his two previous meetings with Miocic will be dissected including the eye pokes.

    All Cormier can promise is that there has never been a single instance where he’s egregiously attempted to harm Miocic and he certainly wouldn’t wish that on his worst enemy much less someone he respects as much as the reigning UFC heavyweight champion.

    “We’re wearing these little gloves and we train with 16-ounce gloves,” Cormier explained. “So sometimes you do things that you do with the 16-ounce gloves that you can’t do with the four-ounce gloves. I don’t purposely try to poke this guy in the face.”


    https://www.mmafighting.com/2020/6/...llegations-ahead-of-trilogy-with-stipe-miocic
     
  2. wlu.29 Black Belt

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    i believe him

    jones maybe not
     
  3. Brca031 Noone wins the lottery twice.

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    He also said that him grabbing the towel on weighs ins was an optical illusion.
    DC was extending his fingers to nulify Stipes range..to make him uncomfortable going in..and atleast twice purposely poked him.
    Did Stipe poke him back? Only once in the first fight and it looked unintentional...DC flicked and then put his thumb in Stipes eye socket..and went for the kill even tho he knew what had just happened.
    Sociopath bigger than Jones imo
     
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  4. dc007 mr. white belt

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  5. Pillar of Society Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Lmao, complete bullshit, Cormier eye poking Miocic in two fights and constantly having fingers extended towards his eyes is one of the most obvious deliberate fouls that we've seen recently in a high level MMA match.
     
  6. Mammothman Silver Belt

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    I don't know, this seems very blantant to me

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  7. GreatSaintGuillotine You may not like what I say but it's the truth.

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    DC has his fingers extended to grab onto Stipe's hands because his reach is too long. DC has been doing this for years. He's not trying to poke guys, it just happens when he's switching between locking hands and punching.
     
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  8. andrikkis7 Rikudō Sennin

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    What a load of crap. He is actually worse than Jones.
     
  9. GreatSaintGuillotine You may not like what I say but it's the truth.

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    They both eye poked each other more than once. I don't think either has the right to complain
     
  10. machidafan99 Silver Belt

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    ???? :confused:
     
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  11. GreatSaintGuillotine You may not like what I say but it's the truth.

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    Show the gif shortly before that of Stipe clearly raking his thumb across DC's eye twice
     
  12. Sakurabaism Brown Belt

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  13. Young Joe Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    During their 5 rds ( 1 in 1st fight, 4 in second fight) there was no round that DC did not tried to eyepoke stipe. Every round he tried to eyepoke stipe with his open finger jap. LOL and this dirty pig says "not on purpose"
    He even tried to eyepoke stipe just before the last left body hook lol. It was so fullfilling to watch him get unconscious and KTFO'D
    f that.
     
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  14. Brca031 Noone wins the lottery twice.

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    whatever dude, I said Stipe DID poke him in the clinch once..but the two we are talking about are more blatant.
     
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  15. GreatSaintGuillotine You may not like what I say but it's the truth.

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    Stipe's was clearly intentional but whatever makes you happy
     
  16. Dirge Silver Belt

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    Did anyone actually think he would ever ever admit to doing it on purpose.

    A knuckle? Funny there is slow motion video of the eypoke in the second fight thas been around si ce the day of the fight. Guess he doesn't go on the internet
     
  17. Sweater of AV Silver Belt

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    DC's eye pokes are as blatant as it gets.
     
  18. A-Level Wrestler Orange Belt

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    Yeah but who did more eye pokes? DC out struck Stipe in eye pokes at least 3 to 1.
     
  19. HaulParris Gold Belt

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    Can Ponzinnibbio please be on the undercard for the trilogy fight?
     
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  20. hoevan Blue Belt

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    GSP learns the importance of a jab after fighting BJ Penn. Cormier learned the importance of an eye poked after the fighting Jon Jones. Is normal.
     
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