Anthony Johnson: After I hurt Koscheck, he needed some kind of excuse to recover

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"I didn't hit him in the head, I hit him in the arm. I don't know why he would act like [that], I guess he was gassing. That's the only thing I can think of, [him] trying to find some kind of excuse to complain. I know I didn't hit him in the head. I thought I timed it perfect but I didn't and that's my fault. After him poking me in the eye it made a big difference. Then he did it twice and got both eyes the second time because when he swings, he jabs with his open hand and the right didn't even hit me, it was just the open palm strike and my eyes, my eyes are burning like hell right now. After I hurt him, he needed that, he needed some kind of excuse to recover, but it's all good."

A dejected Anthony Johnson talks to reporters after his Nov. 21 submission loss to Josh Kosckeck at UFC 106: "Ortiz vs. Griffin 2" from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The contest was full of bizarre stoppages and mishaps between eye pokes from both sides and a controversial knee while "Kos" was grounded. "Rumble" contends the knee never made head contact and that his loss can be attributed to the aforementioned eye mashing. Anyone think the fight was affected by anything other than the difference in ground fighting capabilities? Opinions please.

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