by MMAWeekly.com Staff
of a knockout victory over Tommy Speer in April, Anthony Johnson seemed to have
the upper hand towards a decision victory against Kevin Burns at the July 19
UFC Fight Night. With just 90 seconds left in the fight, however, he suffered
an inadvertent poke to the eye that went unnoticed by referee Steve Mazzagatti,
but left Johnson on the losing end of a TKO with a detached retina.
has since undergone surgery to repair the injury. “I had laser surgery to
reattach my retina and I got stitches in my eyeball right now,” he recently
told MMAWeekly.com. “The laceration on my eye was from one end of my eye to the
manager, Ken Pavia of MMA Agents, has been working on an appeal of the outcome,
but Johnson doesn’t seem to let the result faze him all that much.
wasn’t really big on the whole appealing the fight anyway,” he commented.
“Every single champion has a loss on his record. I’m trying to see myself as
the bigger and better guy. If he’s the champion one day, I’ll accept an ‘L’.
was hating on Mazzagatti because of the call, but he was on the side I was
blocking on, so he actually didn’t see the guy eye gouge me. All he saw was the
uppercut… he called what he thought he saw and I respect him.”
course he’s not happy with the decision. “I was disappointed because I did lose
like that… when it should have been a no contest or a DQ. He saw what he
thought he saw, so I’m not hating on him about it.”
Johnson is already looking to the future instead of dwelling on the past,
planning a return to the Octagon before winter comes. “The doctor said I can be
cleared in September to fight, but I don’t want to fight in September. I’m just
going to wait until October and get my eye right.”