In the opening round of the fight, Masvidal received an eye poke that went unnoticed by referee Herb Dean. After being poked in the eye, Masvidal was taken down by Covington and spent the remainder of the round on the ground. With both fighters fresh in the opening frame, Masvidal believes the eye poke definitely didn’t play in his favor.
Covington won every round on two of the judges scorecards with one judge scoring Masvidal winning a single round. Masvidal discussed the eye-poke during the event’s post-fight press conference, but it’s unlikely that it had any influence in the outcome of the fight. Dean acknowledged the eye poke after reviewing the replay and gave Covington a stern warning prior to round 2.
Almost took eyes out but all good u cheating fuck see u soon pic.twitter.com/qeRpxQjwoU— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) March 10, 2022
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