Antonio Carlos Junior made an impressive middleweight debut last June, tapping Eddie Gorgon with 23 seconds left in the clock at UFC Fight Night 70. Six months later, his showdown with Kevin Casey ended in disappointing fashion.
Matched up against the fellow jiu-jitsu black belt in the preliminary portion of UFC Fight Night 80, “Cara de Sapato” accidently poked Casey in the eye just 11 seconds into the first round, and doctors called the end of the bout.
“I wish we had really fought but that accident happened,” Junior told MMAFighting.com. “It was frustrating for me because we always expect a win, or even a loss, but never a no contest. That no contest was disappointing for me, especially so early in the fight. I got that desire to fight right away, so I asked my manager Alex (Davis) to get me another fight as soon as possible.”
Casey returned to action less than two months later, facing Rafael Natal at UFC on FOX 18, but Junior won’t doubt his reasons not to continue fighting at UFN 80.
“It’s hard to judge him because I didn’t feel his pain, but he fought again a month after,” said the Brazilian. “I don’t know if it was that serious, but maybe he was scared at the moment. He’s the only person who really knows if he was able to continue fighting or not. I don’t even want to think about that fight anymore. I was upset, and I bet he was upset too. I’m focused on my next fight because it’s a tough one.
“You see (eye pokes) happening a lot with Jon Jones, a guy that uses his long reach really well. I also like to use my hands open, but usually don’t hit my opponents in the eye. When (Casey) ….View full article
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