Just want to throw this out there, but BJ did not thumb Hughes in the eye. If you have a good video capture card & take a look, the thumb starts on the bridge of the nose & slides down over Hughes' cheekbone never touching the eye. He did get socked straight in the eyeball though with the knuckles though. I thought it was a severely b**** move on his part to lobby for the poke stoppage in that instance.
I also agree with the OP in that I do not like Hughes' attitude at all, and this episode only furthered my view in this matter. I am not saying Penn could have won from that point, but it is quite obvious with some slow-mo in a high res environment that Hughes just pulled a complete b**** move.