UFC Vegas 21 in Tweets: Fighters react to Belal Muhammad eye poke, no-decision vs. Leon Edwards

UFC Vegas 21 in Tweets: Fighters react to Belal Muhammad eye poke, no-decision vs. Leon Edwards

A pivotal welterweight fight between Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad at UFC Vegas 21 was the second bout on Saturday’s event to end in a no-decision after a foul.

Referee Herb Dean waved off the bout at the 0:18 mark of the second round, shortly after Muhammed took a nasty eyepoke that sent him to the canvas in pain. The unfortunate ending came five bouts after the event’s main card opener ended in a no-decision when Eryk Anders landed an illegal knee to the head of a grounded Darren Stewart. Including the illegal knee from Petr Yan that crowned Aljamain Sterling the new bantamweight champion at UFC 259, it was the third octagon bout to end with a foul in one week.

Here’s what Twitter had to say about the UFC Vegas 21 headliner and other main card bouts.

Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad is declared a no decision

My heart is shattered my first main event ended like that but Gods the best of planners im sorry to the fans and the @ufc you deserved a full fight.. Alhamdillah the vision is coming back and no permanent damage to the eye I’ll be back and want to run it back @Leon_edwardsmma pic.twitter.com/5xsvhmZ5Uh

— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 14, 2021

What terrible way for the fight to end #UFCVegas21

— Neil Magny (@NeilMagny) March 14, 2021

Eye pokes hurt like nobody understands. It should be an automatic DQ.

— Sam Alvey (@smilensam) March 14, 2021

What in the hell is going on??? Unintentional but damn man. That’s so so shitty. So many fouls, so many fouls. #UFCVegas21

— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) March 14, 2021

2021 smh #UFCVegas20

— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) March 14, 2021

Maaaan, Leon was looking super slick. Fakes, stance changes, everything looking great. Shit to see it end like that. Hope belal is okay

— Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) March 14, 2021

This is heartbreaking. Love you @bullyb170 keep your head up. Recover and run it back. You’re a warrior. #rememberthename

— player/coach (@CMPunk) March 14, 2021

Hope his eye is ok. I was scared I was about to see an eye hanging. #UFC

— Niko Price (@Nikohybridprice) March 14, 2021

Gutted for the Main Event,
Run it back ASAP!!!!

— D (@darrentill2) March 14, 2021

Wow that eye is looking bad after that poke. Hoping the eye is ok after this. wishing you a speedy recovery @bullyb170

— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) March 14, 2021

As someone who gets eye poked every single sparring session, it’s fucking horrible. And Belal’s looks worse than any I’ve ever experienced.
Hope you heal up quick @bullyb170 https://t.co/91rnr7JBYk

— Jessy Jess (@missjessyjess) March 14, 2021

Ok couple things
1. This is the stuff that gives me nightmares about competing
2. As a fighter you should have the wherewithal to err on the side of caution, if you can’t do that are you really a professional
3. Should we start fighting with the 7 oz gloves? pic.twitter.com/oXs96DefU1

— Louis Smolka (@LASTSAMURAIUFC) March 14, 2021

We need new gloves. Period!

They’re out there. I just don’t understand what we’re waiting for to make these changes. How many more eye injuries do we need to bring these new gloves in, that significantly reduce the spreading of the fingers.#UFCVegas21

— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) March 14, 2021

Ryan Spann def. Misha Cirkunov

The young man is a hitter. Congrats @Superman_Spann and coach @sayif_saud!

— Matt Schnell (@DANGER_Caged) March 14, 2021

@Superman_Spann my guy

— U R I A H H A L L (@UriahHallMMA) March 14, 2021

YES SIR! @Superman_Spann #UFCVegas21

— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) March 14, 2021

Beautiful work @Superman_Spann #fortisarmy is on fire

— JP Buys (@wrestling_Jp) March 14, 2021

Spann looking good !

— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) March 14, 2021

Way to make a statement @Superman_Spann #UFC

— Steven Ocho Peterson (@8ocho08) March 14, 2021

Dan Ige def. Gavin Tucker

50kkkkkkkk #UFC

— Niko Price (@Nikohybridprice) March 14, 2021

Wow 50K

— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) March 14, 2021

50k!!!!! #UFCVegas19

— Emil Valhalla Meek (@emilvalhalla) March 14, 2021

3 seconds

— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) March 14, 2021

BRUUUH!! One shot from Ige!! https://t.co/qTNMLiwS6A

— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) March 14, 2021

Whoooa perfect punch

— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) March 14, 2021

50k @Dynamitedan808 strikes again. Pay the man the money #UFCFightnight

— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) March 14, 2021

What just happened out there?

— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) March 14, 2021

@Dynamitedan808 living up to that name tonight. Gotta buy them diapers now Dan! Congrats #50k #newdad

— Paul Felder (@felderpaul) March 14, 2021

Davey Grant def. Jonathan Martinez

Ok Davey!!! #ufc

— Niko Price (@Nikohybridprice) March 14, 2021

Haway man!!!

— michael (@bisping) March 14, 2021

Grant with the knockouts

— Bonecrusher ☠️ (@Marc_Diakiese) March 14, 2021

Grant’s punches come from around the moon and back, but MAN do they do damage when they land! #UFCFightnight

— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) March 14, 2021

Love that long left hook ! #UFCVegas21

— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) March 14, 2021

Matheus Nicolau def. Manel Kape

I thought Kape took the 2nd and 3rd. Tough break for him.

— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) March 14, 2021

Wrong

— Anthony Rocco Martin (@TonyRoccoMartin) March 14, 2021

Everyone after that decision. #UFCVegas21 pic.twitter.com/LUAKCMr9pQ

— Gerald Meerschaert (@The_Real_GM3) March 14, 2021

Eryk Anders vs. Darren Stewart is declared a no-decision

JESUS!!! Another knee! #UFCVegas21

— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) March 14, 2021

That was nothing compared to the blast @funkmasterMMA received. #UFCVegas21

— Kevin Holland (@Trailblaze2top) March 14, 2021

Come on bro these guys don’t know the rules ‍♂️ ‍♂️ ‍♂️ ‍♂️ ‍♂️ ‍♂️ some Dumb shit #UFCVegas21

— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) March 14, 2021

Dude! Did we somehow forget what it means to be a grounded opponent!

— Neil Magny (@NeilMagny) March 14, 2021

Are u fucking kidding me !!! Fuck the doctor

— U R I A H H A L L (@UriahHallMMA) March 14, 2021

Same illegal strike but no extra show

— Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) March 14, 2021

YOU CANT KNEE SOMEONE IN THE HEAD WHEN THEY ARE DOWN

— Kevin MTP Lee (@MoTownPhenom) March 14, 2021

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