After his third round TKO loss to Kevin Burns last Saturday night, which ended when his eye was inadvertently gouged by the open hand strike of Burns, UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson has been forced to have surgery on his injured retina. Johnson had this to say:
“I had surgery. It was pretty intense for me. My retina was damaged, possibly detached, and the laceration was pretty long. It was basically from one end of my eye to the other. They did laser surgery that took about two hours, put some stitches on it basically. The doctor said I should be back in September. So, hopefully you’ll get to see me do my thing in September or October. I’ll go back soon (for a check-up) and they’ll just make sure that I don’t have any infections.”
As reported on Fightline, Johnson’s agent Ken Pavia plans on appealing the decision which shocked not only the Johnson camp, but many MMA fans who saw the debacle as well. About any animoisty towards his opponent Kevin Burns, Johnson said “I told my agent, Ken Pavia, I have nothing against Kevin; but personally I don’t want him to fight again until he gets his hands fixed, I don’t want any other fighter to go through what I went through.”
“I don’t think it’s cool that he fought with his hands like that. It put himself and others that he’s competing with in danger. Just look at me. I can accept a loss, but I can’t accept a loss or the consequence of someone else’s wrong doing in a fight like that.”
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