In the opening bout of the UFC 161 main card, heavyweight Shawn Jordan needed less than one minute to dispose of fan-favorite Pat Barry. Jordan landed a stiff uppercut that stumbled Barry, which ultimately led to the fight ending flurry of punches. There is one problem, however. According to Barry’s manager, Brian Butler, it was an eye gauge that the referee missed that hurt Barry.
Butler wanted it to be clear that he is coming forward on his own and that Barry never asked him to come forward with the complaint.
“The eye poke is what stopped Pat. He was not dazed or even close to being unconscious,” Butler said, via Bleacher Report. “Watch the way he just turtles up to cover his eye. If it was more blatant, the ref would have given Pat time to recover, but it was hard to see.
“You can see Pat actually almost tap to motion the ref it was his eye, but Shawn was hitting so fast he couldn’t remove his glove from his eye.”
The fight came in with a lot of hype, unfortunately it didn’t live up to expectations despite the quick stoppage. It is unlucky for the fans that a potential eye poke robbed them of what looked to be an exciting match up.
“This was set to be a great fight, and what most people didn’t see was that this stoppage was due to an eye gouge Pat received from an uppercut. The strikes themselves did not cause Pat to go down. He took a thumb directly into his eyeball and turtles up to protect it. Unfortunately, the ref did not have the angle I saw it, and the fight was stopped.”
Barry’s manager has not yet said whether or not they will file an official appeal with the athletic commission, but a change and result is highly unlikely if they choose to file a complaint.