<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=450110" target="_blank"> Would a 1 point deduction cure eye poke problem? </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=450110" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=50&q=75&x=-14&y=120&w=310&h=165&ro=0&s=hardy-eye-poke.jpg" /></a> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <p>Eye pokes are, well, a poke in the eye of mixed martial arts. The gloves haven't changed but for reasons that are not conclusively understood, the past couple of years have seen an unfortunate spate of them.</p>
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan spoke about the problem recently on his JRE podcast, and said that he has discussed the issue with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and UFC president Dana White.
Many have voiced the opinion that the gloves are to blame. But the gloves haven't changed. And when Bellator tried new gloves to lessen the risk of a broken hand, on the second match of the first card to ever use the new gloves, there was an eye poke.
White and Fertitta are of the mind that gloves don't poke eyes, (some) fighters do. And according to Rogan, they would like to see a point deduction for an eye poke.
"There's a lot of people that have some really strong feelings about the shape of the [UFC] gloves right now and that they're contributing to eye pokes," said Rogan as transcribed by David St. Martin for MMAfighting.
"I've had some recent conversations with Dana White and with Lorenzo Fertitta and they're of the opinion, I think, that the fighters need to be penalized more because the gloves have been the same for a long time, but back in the day, [eye pokes] weren't nearly as much of an issue."
Take a point away for an eye poke could very, very well mean the offending fighter loses, but that could be the incentive to control where your fingers go.
"It happens," said Rogan. "Guys get poked in the eye. It seems like it's inevitable but Dana's opinion is that they should be penalized. Every time there's an eye poke, one point. It's pretty harsh, but you wouldn't do it."
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