Is Daniel Pineda OK? Andre Fili's accidental eye poke ends UFC Vegas 30 bout

Daniel Pineda couldn't guess the number of fingers held up by Referee Herb Dean, leading him to stop the bout and ruling a no contest


                            Is Daniel Pineda OK? Andre Fili's accidental eye poke ends UFC Vegas 30 bout
Daniel Pineda is checked by the doctor during his featherweight fight against Andre Fili during the UFC Fight Night event (Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andre Fili seemed to have victory in his sight during the UFC Vegas 30 until an eye poke rendered the fight a no contest. For five minutes, Andre Fili seemed to have victory in the bag, but then an accidental eye poke led Pineda to fail two vision checks by the referee. 

Pineda couldn't guess the number of fingers held up by the referee, leading to Referee Herb Dean stopping the bout and ruling a no contest. Not surprisingly, Fili was rather frustrated, to say the least. “I put everything I had into this,” Fili said afterward. “I feel like I did everything right, except for this one stupid slip.” If you're a fan of the UFC we're hoping you didn't miss Ciryl Gane and Alexander Volkov's face off.

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After Pineda tweeted, "F*ck!!! this is not the way to go out, I told the doctor I was ready to go, sorry @TouchyFili . You were getting me in this one, but let’s do it again soon. @ufc @seanshelby @Mickmaynard2"



 

 

Andre Fili on Twitter apologized to Pineda tweeting, "Sorry about the slip. Would never do it intentionally. Respect you trying to push through it. Let’s run it back. I’m here for it."



 

 

Fili also added in a further tweet, "I still don’t know why the doc didn’t let him have his full 5 min. Either way. Love ya’ll. Thanks for rockin with me. I’ll be back again soon, better and better."



 

 

Just like Fili and Pineda, fans just like Fili and Pine were disappointed at this damp squib of a fight. One fan tweeted, "How many more eye poke no contests will it take for some new fucking gloves? #UFCVegas30"



 

 

Another fan tweeted, "Fuck a heartbreak. Have you ever been super into a fight and it gets called due to an accidental eye poke!?!"



 

 

Other fans bemoaned the premature end of a superb fight tweeting, "Unfortunate end to an absolute banger. Fight is called off after Pineda suffered a bad eye poke. Begged to keep going. Fili looked sharp as hell. Run it back? #UFCVegas30"



 

 

Since Pineda tweeted that he was in fact ready to go, we're hoping that his eye will soon be well on the road to recovery and that fans will get an eyeful of a fight soon enough. UFC Vegas 30 took place on Saturday, June 26, at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

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