Dana White Says Fans Are Overreacting to Jon Jones’ ‘Eye Pokes’
Posted by Larry Csonka on 05.03.2014
- Dana White recently spoke about the overreaction by MMA fans to Jon Jones' eye pokes. Here is what he had to say…
On Fan Complaints Against Jon Jones: "I mean, people are always going to go overboard with Jon Jones because they don't like him."
On Issues With Eye Pokes in MMA: "It's not just taller fighters," he said. "Jones has that range and he can do it, but lots of guys do it because that's how you block punches. So you keep your hands open and you slap punches down. Then guys are rushing in and you're doing whatever, and guys get poked in the eyes. Guys have got to start closing their hands, and if you're going to keep your hands open to block shots, which everybody does, you've got to keep your hands closer to your face, not extended in your opponent's face."
On Jones' Eye Pokes in The Teixeira Fight: "[Jones] poked him in the eye twice, and then the referee warned him about it, and he never did it again," White said. "They're making it sound like he was targeting his eyes and sticking his fingers in his eyes the entire fight and nobody did anything about it. He did it twice, he was warned, and he never did it again in a five-round fight."