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UFC Fight Night results: Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad go to a no-contest due to accidental eye poke

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Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad were looking to make statements in their UFC Fight Night main event clash on Saturday. Edwards was looking to impress after a 20-month layoff, while Muhammad wanted to prove that he belongs in the welterweight division's upper echelon.

Neither man got what they desired as the bout went to a no-contest after Edwards poked Muhammad in the right eye for the second time in the fight as in many rounds. 

"I apologize to Belal, I didn't mean to do it," Edwards said in his post-fight interview. "I went for the crosshead kick, he stepped into it, and I really apologize. I would rather have lost than that. I'm just heartbroken. I don't know what to say."

You couldn't tell that Edwards (18-3-1) had been out of action for nearly two years. He looked sharp from the opening bell. His punches were fluid, he had good movement, and wobbled Muhammad with a head kick in the first round. In what ended up being a sign of things to come, Edwards accidentally poked Muhammad in the eye in the final minute of the opening stanza. 

Moments into the second, Edwards went to throw a body kick, and he had his left arm in the air with his fingers open and once again poked Muhammed in the eye. Immediately, Muhammad screamed in agony and fell to the mat. The ringside doctor came into the Octagon, and Muhammad told him and referee Herb Dean that he couldn't see out of his right eye, which was slowly dripping blood. 

It was unknown what the final result would be, considering it was the second time Edwards committed the foul until the result was read. 

"I felt great. I don't believe in ring rust," Edwards said. "I won the first round clearly, I just wanted to show more ... to have that opportunity taken away from me, obviously accidental. I'm just heartbroken."

Here is what happened at UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad.

 

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Fight is stopped due to an eye poke

Fight has been declared a no-contest due to an eye poke by Edwards and Muhammad could longer continue 18 seconds into the second round.

Muhammad comes out looking to set the tone. Edwards has left hand open and pokes Muhammad in the eye for the second time as in many rounds while he delivers a body kick. Muhammad immediately screams in agony as he's lying on the mat. Muhammad's right eye is slowly bleeding as the decision was read.

Edwards got a break there as referee Herb Dean could have disqualified him for commiting the foul for the second time. While accidental that's something which should have been considered. 
 

Edwards-Muhammad Round 1

Edwards is so relaxed for someone who hasn't fought for 20 months. His strikes are so quick as he lands a one-two. Edwards wobbles Muhammad with a head kick but the latter somehow stays on his feet. It could be a matter of time before this one over. Muhammad needs to apply pressure and be the one forcing the action.

An eye poke by Edwards and referee Herb Dean gives him a stern warning. A crisp right hand connects for Edwards as the round comes to a close. (10-9 Edwards)

 

 

Main event time

It's time for the main event of UFC Fight Night as No. 3-ranked Leon Edwards (18-3) battles No. 13-ranked Belal Muhammad (18-3) in welterweight action. 

Edwards returns from a 20-month layoff while Muhammad competes for the second time in a month. Muhammad has everything to gain and nothing to lose while Edwards has everything to lose. 
 

Ryan Spann blasts out Misha Cirkunov in 71 seconds

Spann def. Cirkunov by TKO at 1:11 of the first round. After an exchange of strikes, Cirkunov delivers a low blow to Spann, which causes a break in the action. Spann comes and blasts Cirkunov with a laser-like straight right hand. Spann lets Cirkunov up.

Cirkunov backs up looking for a bit of space but Spann is stalking him. Spann misses a right hand but doesn't miss this time as he clips Cirkunov with a left hook to send him to the canvas. Spann senses a golden opportunity and unloads a barrage of shots and the fight is stopped. What a bounce back win for Spann.
 

Co-main event time

It's time for the co-main event of UFC Fight Night as No. 11-ranked Misha Cirkunov (15-5) takes on No. 13-ranked Ryan Spann (18-6) in light heavyweight action. Spann has 15 of 18 wins by submission.

Cirkunov took the 205-pound division by storm and inserted himself into title contention with four consecutive wins right of the shoot. Then he's had a rough go of it, going 2-3 in his last five.

Spann had his five-fight winning streak snapped in his time out when he got knocked out by Johnny Walker. Out of his 18 wins, 15 have come via submission.

If you need to get up, just sit because this won't go the distance.
 

Dan Ige stops Gavin Tucker in 22 seconds

Ige def. Tucker via knockout in 0:22 of the first round. If you blinked then you missed what happened. Ige and Tucker were bouncing towards one another when the former sat down and blasted a straight right hand to knock out Tucker at the point of impact.

Hard to see how that went 22 seconds as it appeared to end in about five. Great rebound win for Ige.The KO was the sixth quickest in UFC featherweight history.

 

 

Featherweight action

Coming up at UFC Fight Night, No. 9-ranked Dan Ige (14-3) squares off with Gavin Tucker (13-1) in featherweight action. 

Ige returns for the first time since losing a decision to Calvin Kattar in July. Since losing his sole fight to Rick Glenn at UFC 215, Tucker has reeled off three straight wins.

A must-win here for Ige against the unknown Tucker.

 

Davey Grant sends Jonathan Martinez packing with thudding KO

Grant def. Martinez by knockout at 3:03 of the second round. After wobbling Martinez near the end of the first round, Grant continued to throw caution to the wind. 

It finally paid off as Grant dug in a hard body shot, and immedioately followed it up with a detonating left hook to bend Martinez's ankle back for the KO.

The victory is the second consecutive knockout win for the Englishman.

 

Time for the bantamweights

Up next at UFC FIght Night, Davey Grant (12-4) faces off with Jonathan Martinez (13-3) in bantamweight action. 
 

Mattheus Nicolau wins controversial decision over Manel Kape

Nicolau def. Kape via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28.) The first round easily went to Nicolau and the second was definitely for Kape. The third round was pretty close going into the final minute. Kape rocked Nicolau with a flying knee and stunned him with a knee to the body moments later. 

Extremely hard to see how a judge can score the third round for Nicolau. Kape landed the harder shots and made a lasting impression in the final moments.

That's why you cannot leave the fight in the hands of the judges. 
 

Flyweight action coming up

Up next at UFC Fight Night, Matheus Nicolau (15-3-1) takes on Manel Kape in flyweight action. Out of Kape's 15 wins, 14 of them have come via stoppage with seven coming in the first round. Nicolau has won eight of his last nine, including back-to-back victories.

A huge contest for both guys. The winner should be ranked next week.

 

Fight ends in a no decision to an illegal knee

Anders and Stewart ends in a no decision in the first round when Anders threw an illegal knee.
 

Anders is pouring it on Stewart with a barrage of punches and knees to the head. Stewart has a knee on the mat and Anders fires a knee to the side of the head.

You would think Anders would have learned from the blatant knee at last Saturday's UFC 259 from Petr Yan to Aljamain Sterling.

The reason the result is like that according to UFC official is because the fight did not go two rounds.

Hopefully this one gets run back as it was an exciting fight until the unfortunate end.

 

Main card begins

The UFC Fight Night main card begins with Eryk Anders (13-5) taking on Darren Stewart (12-6, one no-contest) in middleweight action.

A battle of the nicknames as Anders is known as "Ya Boy", while Stewart is "The Dentist".

 

Welcome

Welcome to DAZN News' live coverage of UFC Fight Night, as welterweight contenders Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad clash in the main event. Sit back, relax and enjoy what should be an exciting night of action.
 

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