Glover Teixeira on Jones, Eye Pokes

Teixeira talking to Guilherme Cruz at MMA Fighting:

I don’t think [the eye poke] was intentional, but the referee needs to start putting some pressure on who does that. I was a little afraid to close the distance and get poked in the eye again and maybe stop the fight. The second eye poke really scared me because I thought it could hurt my eye.

I knew I was losing the rounds but we always believe that one punch can change it, but it’s hard to do it when you have to worry about getting poked in the eye. I don’t think it was intentional, but you have to be careful with that.

The problem with Jones sticking out his arm with splayed fingers isn’t just the eye pokes that actually occur – it’s the effect of the threat of future eye pokes if the opponent continues to advance.