Cases like this is why eye pokes are banned. Because it’s looking like it won’t be just a couple minutes of blurred vision for Cody Stevens.
Cody Stevens is an experienced mma fighter. Recently he stepped into Honof FC6 cage. Stevens ended up likely finishing his mma career with a TKO loss via doctor’s stoppage against Aron Mitchell in round 2.
During a striking exchange Mitchell’s hand was on Stevens’ face when his thumb came in contact with Stevens’ eye. And it didn’t stop going right into the socket.
“If you haven’t been following, I ruptured my globe – which is the entirety of the eyeball – on August 19th, which was also my birthday,” Stevens announced, in a video posted to Facebook. “This injury required emergency surgical repair. From the get-go the outlook has not been promising.”
“Initially they were going to remove the eye that night, as it had been ruptured so severely and lost a lot of it’s contents – meaning fluid inside the eye. Miraculously the surgeons were able to suture it together, thankfully. Sutures that would hold it together, but we knew we would need a few more miracles for the eye to ever function again, even at a very low percentage.
“Because the globe is not healing, the eye is continuing to shrink and cause me pain. It is painful to open my left eye even. So we are now discussing removal options. Now that I have had time to process this, I know that there are other things I want to do that I cannot do if this eye is not removed.”
Stevens hopes to continue his grappling career, as well as coaching following the likely removal of his damaged eye. And he made it clear that he would “do it all over again” given the chance, as well as saying that he isn’t looking for pity from anyone.