Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira fought their hearts out in the main event of UFC Fight Night 109 on Sunday, and after four-plus rounds of bloody battling, the Swede eventually caught the Brazilian with a series of uppercuts and put him away with a hook to the dome. It was a good win, capping off a good fight.
So of course Teixeira is making excuses about his performance. Apparently, he blames the eye poke he received in the first round for the loss.
As per MMAFighting:
“If I tell you that that didn’t disturb me, that’s a lie,” Teixeira said. “Everybody knows, a fighter or not, that getting poked in the eye like that, it was strong, so that disturbed me. But if I had gotten knocked out right after that, I’d definitely blame it. I went back in there without seeing anything. I was seeing three Gustafssons. It was all blurry, but I thought I’d have five minutes (to recover).
“I don’t know if you saw this, but I told the (referee) ‘of course I’ll come back to fight, but I need a time to, I don’t know, rub my eyes, wait to recover’. But he said ‘you get no time, you get no time. Or you’re good to come back or you’re not.’”