Pat Barry lost to Shawn Jordan via strikes at UFC 161 Saturday night. However, his manager Brian Butler, of SuckerPunch Entertainment, says the bout ending strike was an accidental eye poke.
Butler also not that he was coming forward about the injury of his own accord, noting that Barry never complains about officiating.
"The eye poke is what stopped Pat. He was not dazed or even close to being unconscious," Butler told Bleacher Report. "Watch the way he just turtles up to cover his eye. If it was more blatant, the ref would have given Pat time to recover, but it was hard to see.
"You can see Pat actually almost tap to motion the ref it was his eye, but Shawn was hitting so fast he couldn't remove his glove from his eye."
"This was set to be a great fight, and what most people didn't see was that this stoppage was due to an eye gouge Pat received from an uppercut. The strikes themselves did not cause Pat to go down. He took a thumb directly into his eyeball and turtles up to protect it. Unfortunately, the ref did not have the angle I saw it, and the fight was stopped."
Butler said he had not yet determined whether he would file an appeal with the regulating commission in Winnipeg.