Marc Ratner Request Rule Change Following UFC 159

Marc Ratner, UFC vice president of regulatory affairs, is planning to file a request that will make procedures clear following an eye poke.

It comes days after UFC 159 where the problem was persistent.

“What we want the referees to do is don’t make a medical decision,” said Ratner to USA TODAY Sports. “Call time. Don’t ask the kid if he can see or not. Bring the doctor in and let the doctor make the determination.”

On the card, Gian Villante took a technical decision loss after being poked in the eye and telling the referee he couldn’t see, who called the bout. There was another technical decision after Alan Belcher suffered a series eye poke that required stitches.

“Here’s a case where if you go through the mechanic and bring the doctor in, it will give them a chance to see if in fact the eye clears up and he can fight,” said Ratner.

Ratner stated that the referees were not at fault as they are doing their job based on the guidelines.

UFC president Dana White said after the show that change was needed.

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