Edson Barboza’s coach says eye poke modified course of UFC struggle with Justin Gaethje

Justin Gaethje defeated Edson Barboza in the primary occasion of Saturday evening’s UFC Philadelphia, however the Brazilian’s crew isn’t blissful that an eye fixed poke might need affected the result.

Barboza was poked in the precise eye 42 seconds into the primary occasion bout, nearly two minutes earlier than Gaethje dropped and completed the Nova Friburgo native with a heavy proper hand.

On his Instagram web page, Barboza’s supervisor Alex Davis posted an image of the attention poke, including “no excuses however this dictated the struggle.”

Barboza’s longtime coach Anderson Franca additionally wrote about it on social media, including a photograph of Barboza’s eye post-fight.

“I actually assume this struggle might have been top-of-the-line fights of the 12 months, Justin Gaethje is a wonderful fighter and is unquestionably among the many greatest on this planet,” Franca wrote in Portuguese. “We’ve got a lot respect for him and his crew. I don’t know if the end result would have been totally different or not, however we consider the struggle would have been longer if not for this incident.”

The defeat dropped Barboza’s UFC report to 14-7. Each lightweights earned a Struggle of the Night time bonus following their one-round conflict in Philadelphia.

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