Leon Edwards’ return to the Octagon ended prematurely last night (Sat., Mar. 13, 2021) at UFC Vegas 21 live on ESPN+ from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, when “Rocky” poked Belal Muhammad in the eye in the second round of their main event.
Edwards looked sharp in the early going despite such a long layoff and ended up catching Muhammad with a clean head kick that stunned “Remember the Name.” Muhammad was able to recover but his head was bleeding pretty bad.
Little time came off the clock in the second round before Edwards accidentally double poked Muhammad in the right eye. Muhammad immediately went down and started to yell in pain. Referee Herb Dean and the cage-side doctor stepped in and the fight was waved off after Muhammad said he couldn’t see anything.
Only one man happy with this eye poke result.... pic.twitter.com/sCU1G5BmE1— TheRealSnowden (@JESnowden) March 14, 2021
This is not the way Edwards envisioned his return to the cage, or Muhammad his first UFC main event bid. Check out the video highlights below courtesy of UFC/ESPN:
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