Good Guy Ratner
When Dana White mused post-UFC 159 that eyepoke rules needed fixing, I just assumed he was Just Sayin Stuff and nothing would come of it. But it looks like the UFC is really going to be proactive on this thing … UFC regulatory maester Marc Ratner is preparing a formal request for the Association of Boxing Commissions to clarify the proper procedure when a finger to the eyes happens:
”What we want the referees to do is don’t make a medical decision,” Ratner told USA TODAY Sports. “Call time. Don’t ask the kid if he can see or not. Bring the doctor in and let the doctor make the determination.”
“Now obviously, if any fighter can’t see, you want the fight stopped,” Ratner said. “But here’s a case where if you go through the mechanic and bring the doctor in, it will give them a chance to see if in fact the eye clears up and he can fight. That’s what you want to do there.
“I think by bringing the doctor in, just the whole operation will take a couple of minutes, and I think that should alleviate most of the pain and give us enough time to make sure the guy can fight,” Ratner said.
Oh man, this is so smart of the UFC. Rather than asking the ABC to rewrite a rule to be less stupid (something that would probably take a year or two if not longer), the UFC is simply suggesting that the commissions interpret the rules in a slightly different way where the doctors give a fighter the proper amount of time to see if their eyesight returns. That’s the sane way this thing should work, and who better than a doctor to determine the difference between your run of the mill poke that’ll take a few minutes to shake off and the brutal finger fucking Michael Bisping inflicted upon Alan Belcher?