UFC 277 was an interesting card. Despite the lack of marketability from the main event, there was plenty of interesting things happening. There was a show off backfiring, baked Rogan, the liver kick KO and of course a face entirely painted red by strikes.
But one thing happening that flew under the radar was on one of the prelims.
Matthew Semelsberger had his eye be clearly compromised during a bout against Alex Morono. In between rounds, Semelsberger was given an eye check. Eye check that he blatantly faked his way through and the bout was allowed to continue despite his inability to see out of the eye all but certainly.
One commenter writes:
“You can clearly hear his corner telling him the numbers on the broadcast. You can also see his right eye looking past the Doctors poorly placed hand to cover the eye. What a s*it show, his eye was shut”
“As an optometrist, I am laughing my ass off at the effort in this visual field test. Pretty bad on that doctor to allow it to continue though.” – another noted.
Semelsberger and Morono went into it on two win streaks respectively. In round two Semelsberger eye was clearly compromised despite of backing up Morono and even being on top.
THIS WAS AWESOME! 😱
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) July 31, 2022
In round 3 the action significantly slowed down despite of Semelsberger’s corner urging him for action. Lack of response from him allowed for Morono to recover and edge out the bout. Final result?
Alex Morono def. Matthew Semelsberger via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
— MacMally 🍀 (@MacMallyMMA) July 31, 2022
Semelsberger shared on social media afterwards: