Fight followers collectively winced in ache as UFC welterweight Mike Jackson copped a kick to the nether areas and a nasty eye poke multi function battle.
Jackson rose to infamy by defeating former WWE star-turned-UFC fighter CM Punk in June 2018, though the outcome was overturned to a no contest ruling.
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The 37-year-old was returning to the octagon after 4 years away, going through Irish newcomer Dean Barry within the premier MMA promotion at UFC Vegas 52.
It took simply two minutes into the bout earlier than Jackson discovered himself in a world of ache.
However, it was not from a savage punch or kick from Barry that left Jackson wobbling.
Instead, the Dublin native threw a spinning again kick that caught his opponent proper within the crown jewels.
Jackson writhed in ache on the bottom and was tended to by the referee as Barry was compelled again to the alternative aspect of the octagon.
The damage time-out for Jackson lasted a whopping two minutes and 13 seconds in complete.
UFC fighters are required to put on a cup to guard their groin for incidents like this, however Barry’s kick seemingly obtained across the tools to go away Jackson questioning if the ache would ever subside.
Eventually it did, however with simply over a minute left within the first spherical, Barry once more had fallen foul of the principles and had Jackson clutching his eye.
Barry walked away shrugging his arms in frustration and doubtless questioned what he had finished fallacious, however replays proved that he had, in reality, finished one thing fallacious.
The Irishman viciously gouged the proper eye of Jackson and left him hunched over on the canvas in a world of damage.
Again an damage time-out occurred with docs getting into the octagon and assessing Jackson’s situation.
The battle was finally waved off by referee Chris Tognoni as Jackson was rendered unable to proceed.
The commentary panel contemplated whether or not the ultimate outcome could be a no-contest or a victory for Jackson through disqualification.
Tognoni finally declared that Barry had dedicated knowledgeable foul, which means that Jackson received through DQ.
In a video posted to his Twitter account, Barry didn’t imagine Jackson was as damage as he claimed he was and that post-fight he was utterly fantastic.
“To be honest with you, I thought he took the easy way out there,” Barry stated.
“Didn’t want to stay, didn’t want to continue fighting.
“Even when I kicked him low, he was talking on the ground to me for ages.
“If you get hit in the nuts, you can’t be talking like that.
“Same with the eye poke.
“Straight after the ref called the fight off, he was fine, both eyes open perfectly.”
It stays to be seen if Barry will get one other crack at Jackson, however for the latter, it gave him his first win within the UFC albeit not within the circumstances he would have envisaged for himself.