Jake Matthews was the target of one of the grossest fouls we’ve seen in the cage in awhile: A brutal eye gouge by Li Jingliang that opened a big cut over the corner of his right eye.
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“I knew he had a hard head, I knew I had to follow up,” Matthews said. “He was tough, I was in the corner, I did it for you the fans.”
Matthews dropped Jingliang several times and then went for ground-and-pound. It ultimately led to a rear-naked choke, which Jingliang escaped.
Matthews had Jingliang in a guillotine when Jinliang unleashed his brutal eye rake, to which the referee responded by simply moving his fingers?!
“It was in the heat of the fight,” Matthews said. “You don’t realize this stuff, it is what it is.”