Just over halfway through the second frame, O’Malley tried to push Munhoz back and inadvertently poked him in the eye. Munhoz was unable to continue and the fight was ruled a no contest, but O’Malley believes Munhoz essentially quit.
“When it (the eye poke) happened, I was like, okay, it didn’t feel like it was bad. I thought we were going to be fighting in 20 seconds. I didn’t think the fight was going to be stopped,” O’Malley said during the UFC 276 Post-fight Press Conference.
“I was dominating that fight. I checked every one of his leg kicks. I could feel his shins cracking. Every time he would throw a kick I’d check it, and I could tell that it hurt him. I didn’t get hit one time. I was dominating that fight. I was piecing him up. I was finding my range. It sucks,” O’Malley added.
A doctor was called in to check on Munhoz’ eye. Munhoz indicated that he could not see out of it and the doctor called a halt to the fight.
When questioned whether he felt as if Munhoz was looking for a way out of the fight, O’Malley quickly responded, “100 percent. That’s what’s going on in my mind.”