Mostly Blind UFC Heavyweight Scores Another Highlight Reel Knockout
The heavyweights in the UFC are some of the hardest-hitting individuals going around.
Not only do they have big frames, but they have the musculature to support it and the increased weight behind every strike lends itself to more momentum and force.
On the flip side, the big boys can absorb harder strikes as well.
Strong neck muscles make it harder to knock out a heavyweight at the ready compared to a lighter contestant. One of the early prelims at UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee, saw a great heavyweight matchup between Juan Adams and Chris de la Rocha, with a twist to boot.
Despite, the 26-year-old Adams being the heavy favourite going into the fight, it was a well-contested match-up in the early rounds with de la Rocha putting some heavy work into ‘The Kraken’.
It wasn’t until around a minute into the third and final round that Adams got a run-on and was able to deal with de la Rocha with a barrage of 7 strikes, including a knee, then sent him to the side of the cage. The referee called things off immediately as Rocha was not defending himself, rattled and at risk of further injury.
Adams had been tipped to despatch of Rocha earlier than this and a bit of insight into why it took so long was given post-fight by the young American. It turns out that Adams had not realised he was unable to fight without contact lenses in. Whilst being safer in you get punched in the eye, the poor bloke has pretty poor vision without it and had to pick his way through the early rounds fighting pretty much blind! He said post-fight:
“I didn’t have my contacts in at all, so that threw me off a little bit, not being able to see. I just found out before this fight that it’s not allowed to fight with contact lenses. I wear toric lenses and mine is 275 in both eyes, I have astigmatism so it’s pretty bad.
He was really blurry. All I can see is, he’s got a really big head and a really big gut, so that’s what I focused on.”
He couldn’t tell if it was him or his opponent bleeding – he just knew there was a lot of blood!
“Yeah man, it’s disgusting. I was kind of freaking out between rounds. I was like, did he cut me? I don’t think I got hit that much. But it is what it is. I found out afterwards it’s not my blood. I almost threw up. I definitely need a shower now.”
Check out the finish below.