Originally Posted by RustyRenegade
Here's a pic of when the injury happened. It was at 2:20 of the third round. Immediately after the poke GSP starts blinking like mad and is wiping his eye for the rest of the fight.
I know Rogan was stating it was a knuckle and they were showing replays but this is when Georges game goes somewhat south.
That's a good catch, but I've rewatched the fight and there are actually several such sketchy parts. Another similar incident occurs at about 3:57 of round 2. It happens quickly, and the camera angle isn't the greatest, but Jake's hand is clearly open and it appears to make contact with Georges's face around his eyes. Immediately afterward, Georges starts taking jabs right on the face. Doesn't block and no head movement whatsoever, as if he just doesn't see them coming at all.
I have to say I find it amusing all the criticism Georges is getting for not finishing this fight, especially in light of this injury. There's no doubt he wanted a knockout and was looking for it with overhand rights and the headkick. He did manage to stagger him a few times and was doing damage early in the fight. He could have been more aggressive in following Jake to the floor to finish, but he's not dumb. Bear in mind, you're talking about a guy that a fresh, first round Dan Henderson couldn't finish after landing his patented right hand pretty flush.