Other than constantly missing weight, the thing I remember most about Anthony Johnson’s UFC tenure was his first fight with Kevin Burns where he got poked in the eye FOUR TIMES. The term ‘eye poke’ really doesn’t capture the severity of one man’s fingers entering another man’s eye socket. Johnson required surgery to fix the damage to his eye, and on top of that he was declared the loser in the Burns fight because the ref didn’t see the final poke.
So fast forward to this weekend when DJ Linderman poked Rumble in the eye at Saturday’s WSOF event … and the ref didn’t see it happen. Deja vu! Except this time it made Johnson so angry he flattened Linderman with a single blow. Epic.