Leon Edwards Eye Poke

A foul-filled UFC Fight Night 187 saw its welterweight main event end in a controversial no contest as Leon Edwards dropped Belal Muhammad with a horrific eye poke in the second round. Edwards, away from the cage since July 2019, started well landing a hard roundhouse kick to the head in the first round. But constantly extending his hands forward with his fingers pointing toward his opponent's face, Edwards was warned later in the round by referee Herb Dean after an accidental eye poke.

The warning apparently had little effect as Edwards continued to lead with open hands in the second round until he again caught Muhammad in the eye. Muhammad immediately dropped to the canvas writhing in pain. Dean ruled the bout a no contest, though it easily could have been a disqualification. It was a UFC record second no contest of the night. Earlier in the evening, in a scene reminiscent of last week's Petr Yan-Aljamain Sterling match, Eryk Anders had Darren Stewart on the mat and badly hurt in the first round when he inexplicably kneed his downed opponent in the head causing the fight to be halted.

Black Belt Magazine has a storied history that dates back all the way to 1961, making 2021 the 60th Anniversary of the world's leading magazine of martial arts. To celebrate six decades of legendary martial arts coverage, take a trip down memory lane by scrolling through some of the most influential covers ever published. From the creators of martial art styles, to karate tournament heroes, to superstars on the silver screen, and everything in between, the iconic covers of Black Belt Magazine act as a time capsule for so many important moments and figures in martial arts history. Keep reading to view the full list of these classic issues.

Keep Reading Show less

ONE on TNT III gets underway on Wednesday, April 21, in primetime. And this time, the main event is a bantamweight slugfest with title implications.

American "Pretty Boy" Troy Worthen takes a main event slot to try and upend top-ranked bantamweight challenger John "Hands of Stone" Lineker as the watchful eyes of ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes look on from afar.

Lineker has been outstanding since joining the promotion with a 2-0 record, and he is coming off a stellar performance against former World Champion Kevin Belingon. As the #1-ranked bantamweight contender, Lineker hopes to be next for a shot at the gold.

However, this is not a showcase match. Worthen poses significant challenges for the Brazilian.

Keep Reading Show less

How will you perform at the moment of truth?

What's going to happen to you physically and emotionally in a real fight where you could be injured or killed? Will you defend yourself immediately, hesitate during the first few critical seconds of the fight, or will you be so paralyzed with fear that you won't be able to move at all? The answer is - you won't know until you can say, "Been there, done that." However, there is a way to train for that fearful day.

Keep Reading Show less