We’ve all seen it before. A UFC fight gets going at a good pace and right when it gets kicked up a notch, a fighter begs off and time is called. He just got poked in the eye, and the fight is irrevocably changed. In the case of a UFC 159 bout between Ovince St. Preux and Gian Villante at UFC 159, it led to the fight being stopped altogether. And on the same card, Alan Belcher and Michael Bisping had to go to the scorecards because of another one.
The UFC is looking into getting the rules changed regarding this, but they’re also gone a step further. They’re actually trying to create a re-designed glove that will cut down on eyepokes. UFC president Dana White explained in an appearance on ESPN 710am in LA yesterday:
“We actually have started to work on a new glove that actually curves your hand. Like the glove is curved like a U, so you can still open your hand, but your fingers don’t point straight out.”
White said it’s still in the early stages, but it actually sounds like a pretty good idea. It would need to be approved by athletic commissions and it might take fighters a while to get used to them if they are brought in. Either way it’s great that the UFC is trying to be proactive in working to eliminate these sorts of things, because they have become a bit of an epidemic lately.