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Anthony Johnson Upset With Josh Koscheck Eye Poking Him and Faking A Knee To The Head At UFC 106

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Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson was defeated by Josh Koscheck via a rear naked choke submission in the second round.  Johnson was annoyed with Koscheck because he faked a knee strike to the head when in reality he was hit in the arm.  The referee had stopped the fight momentarily, thinking that the knee could have actually hit Koscheck in the head while he was still on the ground.  ‘Rumble’ believes that Koscheck forced the fight to stop on purpose because he was most likely gassing out.  The fact that Koscheck was able to regain composure after the short stoppage played a major role in the fight.  Johnson also mentioned during the post-fight press conference that he was eye poked twice which hurt his vision throughout the bout.

From Anthony Johnson:

“I didn’t hit him in the head, I hit him in the arm. I don’t know why he would act like [that], I guess he was gassing. That’s the only thing I can think of, [him] trying to find some kind of excuse to complain. I know I didn’t hit him in the head. I thought I timed it perfect but I didn’t and that’s my fault. After him poking me in the eye it made a big difference. Then he did it twice and got both eyes the second time because when he swings, he jabs with his open hand and the right didn’t even hit me, it was just the open palm strike and my eyes, my eyes are burning like hell right now. After I hurt him, he needed that, he needed some kind of excuse to recover, but it’s all good.”



  1. Katrina

    November 24, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Well, #1 – I’ve had that happen where my arm is in front of my open eye…and someone has shoved my own arm into my eye – and believe me, it’s VERY painful. It looked to me like that’s what happened.

    #2 – Johnson is trying to turn this around and make Koscheck look like the bad guy, when in fact Johnson did an illegal knee towards the head of a downed opponent; we shouldn’t lose site of that issue. And it’s not like that knee was an accident either, as he admittedly states: “I know I didn’t hit him in the head. I thought I timed it perfect but I didn’t and that’s my fault.”

    So he was fully conscious of the fact that he was kneeing a downed opponent.

    Johnson lost – and he needs to stop trying to say it was because Koscheck did something wrong. If he hadn’t kneed him in the first place, this never would have happened.

    That said – it did look to me like Koscheck purposely poked him afterwards in the eyes with his fingers.

  2. SZJ

    June 27, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Katrina: This is one fight. Koscheck has a long history of poking opponent’s in the eyes and, upon reviewing replays, faking getting hit by illegal strikes. It is not the first time this has happened, nor will it be the last.

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