No contest decisions in mixed martial arts (MMA) are usually declared when an accidental illegal strike (the rules on which differ from each organization) causes the recipient of the blow to be unable to continue, that decision being made by the referee, doctor, the fighter or his corner.
Muhammad told MMA Fighting: Honestly, literally I thought I was blind. Fortunately however, Muhammad seems to be doing better as he said on Twitter that his “vision is coming back” and that there was “no permanent damage”. Eye pokes are a somewhat common foul in MMA, and many fighters have had to fight through them.Mar…
The poke left Muhammad screaming in pain, his eye immediately swelling. Referee Herb Dean didn’t wait long to wave off the bout. The eye poke was illegal, but also ruled unintentional, so the bout was ruled a no contest. “Alhamdillah, the vision is coming back and no permanent damage to the eye.Mar 13, 2021
Thankfully, Belal Muhammad isn’t facing a potentially long medical suspension coming out of UFC Fight Night 187. Muhammad (18-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) was able to provide a positive update shortly after, stating that he suffered no permanent damage to his eye and was slowly starting to get his vision back.Mar 16, 2021