Leon Edwards return ended with a no decision after delivering an accidental eye poke to Belal Muhammad in the UFC Vegas 21 main event.
The fight ending foul happened at the start of the second round as Edwards threw a kick with his hand extended just as Muhammad stepped towards him, which saw his finger jab directly into the eye. Muhammad fell down to the ground in agonizing pain as he screamed out loud while holding onto his eye.
It didn’t take long for the ringside physician to come into the cage to check on Muhammad, who already had a noticeable welt forming under his eye. When he was unable to even open his eyes to let the doctor check him out, referee Herb Dean called a stop to the contest.
The end came at just 18 seconds into the second round with Herb declaring a no decision due to an accidential foul.
Afterwards, the fighters embraced while acknowledging that Edwards didn’t intentionally poke Muhammad in the eye but the result leaves both welterweights in limbo.
“First off all, obviously I apologize to Belal,” Edwards said in his post-fight interview. “I didn’t mean to do it. I really apologize. I’d rather a loss than that. I’m just heartbroken. I don’t know what to say.”