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Video: Jake Shields Pokes Georges St. Pierre in the Eye Pretty Blatantly at UFC 129

(Props: elytko via BloodyElbow)

Not sure if was intentional, but Jake Shields‘s fingers introduced themselves to Georges St. Pierre‘s left eyeball on Saturday night, causing an injury that’s still bugging the UFC welterweight champ. Greg Jackson spoke to Sherdog after UFC 129, and let it be known that GSP’s performance might have been more impressive if not for that poke:

Georges’s eye was pretty badly injured — he told me that in between rounds — and Georges is a very timing-based fighter, and so when one of your eyes is injured your depth-perception gets off pretty significantly and it’s very hard for you to time the shots because it’s hard to see where they are coming. I felt he did really, really well considering he fought with one eye, I’m really proud of him for fighting through that. We’ll try to get better and do better the next time, but I really feel the injury played a significant role…he was just missing a little bit, he was just off a little bit on some of those big shots, and I feel like if he would have had both eyes he could have landed those shots and could have done a lot more damage.”

Responding to the argument that GSP should have finished Jake anyway, you know, because he’s so awesome and Jake Shields sucks, Jackson didn’t mince words:

I would say that, A) You’re ignorant, B) You’re fighting Jake Shields who’s a phenomenal fighter. I’m not sure where people get this idea that Jake Shields is like this punching bag, the kid’s an amazing fighter…I would say that you don’t understand the nature of combat, you don’t understand the opponent, and if you did understand those two things, you would be impressed by Georges fighting through something like that with an eye injury, and you would also give a lot more respect to Jake Shields, who’s not anybody’s punching bag.

In a related story, Jose Aldo might also have an excuse for performing a little flat in his own championship bout against Mark Hominick. We’re not exactly sure what it is, but apparently he was regretting not taking antibiotics after the fight.

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2Dogs- May 3, 2011 at 8:05 am
That sucks.
In sparring once my buddy dug his finger up to the last joint in my eye on a feigned punch, damn that messed me up for a week (at least) and that was in practice, nevermind when your in a title fight when someone like Jake Sheilds is trying to kick your living face in. Good on ya GSP!
SnackDaddy- May 3, 2011 at 12:20 am
I don't think that poke was intentional. even if shield's trains with a bunch of goons, he's still a pretty respectable guy... (who kicks like a girl and looks like he's going to fall over everytime he does).
darrenm- May 2, 2011 at 7:48 pm
Heard in between rounds in Shields' corner:

Shields: Is it time for the unintentional eye poke?
Melendez: No, Jake, not yet.
MMAINMYBLOOD- May 2, 2011 at 6:23 pm
This just in Hominick just delivered a ten pound seven ounce little shit right out of his forehead. it was a boy.
MMAINMYBLOOD- May 2, 2011 at 6:19 pm
@Geezer I see where you are coming from but the way I see it is this .. he said during the fight between rounds that he could not see at all and during the interview he said it was blurry thats a huge difference in time elapsed and activity during the fight.. You make good points but with Gsp I can tell its a mental thing. Greg Jackson knows this thats why he talked to him like he did. I am still impressed that he fought through this adversity.. and I saw him land a few of those over hand rights before the poke.. he even wobbled shields a bit with them.. so I think after the poke it altered the plan in gsps mind.. and therefore changed the fight no matter how much it still changed it to him. The way I see it why should gsp be the one chasing down opponents and risking losing his belt.. I mean hes the champ they need to take his belt so why doesnt anyone get shit for not rushing him and beating his ass.. why? Because they cant... he is that good. I still feel Gsp vs Silva will be epic and I am calling it right here and now GSP will train with Van Damme for the super fight.
bitteralex- May 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm
I once got a pretty bad eye-poke during a volleyball game (don't ask). Bad enough that my vision was blurry for the next few days. And I'll say this.. your vision gets progressive worse as time goes on right after the eye poke. I could still see a little right after, but after a few sets I couldn't make anything out. My vision was completely blurry and milky.
Now I wish, GSP had pressed the action more.. I mean lots of fighters have been eye-poked and fought a lot harder, but I couldn't imagine someone trying to punch me from my blindside. I kinda understand why he went super safe in that fight.. the stakes were pretty high, but I was soo disappointed with that fight.
Jubbie- May 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm
Seriously italia, that was one of the best events I've ever seen barring the main event. If this one couldn't please you, you're watching the wrong sport.

I'm all for questioning his response to the injury but you can't deny he was going for the knockout. I haven't seen those winged looping right hands since it dropped Fitch. That's the shit he was throwing before he got poked. After that, his mentality completely changed but you're blinded by your hate of GSP if you think he wasn't trying to finish in the beginning.
Geezer- May 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm

"GSP still didn’t look his best that night even before the eye poke. He was trying to force the knockout or was really afraid to go to the ground (which is one of the reasons I don’t like Anderson Silva)."

Exactly what I thought. He seemed to rely way too much on that overhand right for the KO.
Geezer- May 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Yes, humans do need depth perception. Thanks for pointing that out to me. So was it GSP's lack of depth perception that stopped GSP from throwing strikes? Besides the spinning back kicks, he still seemed to be accuratley hitting Shields. I don't think his depth perception was as bad as you think it is. All I'm saying is that he could have thrown more.
Geezer- May 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I agree with you that losing vision in one eye can drastically affect someone's performance, but did he really fight all that different compared to the first two rounds he did w/o the eye poke? How is that Hominick can fight hard with a baby growing out of his head, with one eye bloodied and almost shut, while GSP can't throw a combo or a leg kick because of a poked eye? GSP's stand up is far better than what he showed that night, don't you agree? Having one eye doesn't stop fighters from fighting. Boxers do it all the time. And he did say his vision was blurry, not completely gone like he was saying in between rounds. He said it at the end of the fight when Rogan was interviewing him.
danomite- May 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm
I take back my comment about Jake only landing 2 good punches in the entire fight. It seems he only landed one. GSP still didn't look his best that night even before the eye poke. He was trying to force the knockout or was really afraid to go to the ground (which is one of the reasons I don't like Anderson Silva). Why else would he not take the fight to the ground when he knew he only had one good eye? It would seem to me that the ground would be the safest place if you only have one eye, especially if the bad eye is the side where your opponent's power shots are coming from. So either he was trying to force a KO to appease all you armchair quarterbacks or he was afraid of getting subbed. Jake Shields is great on the ground but so is GSP's sub defense. The pre-fight hype made it sound like the guy was a 10x ADCC open weight champion or something.
Ruke Doufus- May 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm
I think you might be spilling over from the unsuredog forums.
jfjjfjff- May 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm
> As with the blurry vision of his left eye, even Greg Jackson said, “You still have your right one.”
geezer, in between rounds one is just trying to get their fighter to not focus on negatives and, instead, stay in the game.
i don't need to tell you that humans have something called depth perception which requires 2 eyes to operate.
MMAINMYBLOOD- May 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm
If you still have a hard time believing it Geez come on over and Ill poke your eye and see how well you function???
MMAINMYBLOOD- May 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm
@Geezer Just to Let you know GSP never once said between rounds I have blurry vision in my left eye... I want to make this very clear to you that he said he could not see out of it at all! I for one have been poked in the eye and had a scratched cornea... you cannot see hell it even hurts to keep the other eye open so just to let you know ...Its a real douche bag move to down play Gsps injury..Ill tell you from experience it fucking hurts I couldnt imagine sparring with that injury let alone defending a title with it.
Morningwood- May 2, 2011 at 11:53 am
so your saying a flea got in GSP's eye?
Geezer- May 2, 2011 at 10:25 am
I completely disagree w/ Greg Jackson that GSP was impressive in that fight given the circumstances. With or without the eye poke, GSP would have fought the same, overly cautious and not willing to take risks. His striking is levels above Shields' and he should have steamrolled over him since most of the fight was stand up. GSP threw no combinations, depended on a wild overhand right that he never throws, and a spinning back kick that he telegraphed and would rarely hit. He didn't follow up when he actually hurt Shields. He would daze Shields, like he did with that LHK, and wait for him to recover. I know, Shields is a Jiu-Jitsu monster and it would be risky to continue an onslaught against him for fear of being trapped in his Jiu-Jitsu game, but he was put in several situations where he was almost knocked out and I believe in that state, Shields' Jiu-Jitsu would not have been as effective. GSP should have capitalized on that. As with the blurry vision of his left eye, even Greg Jackson said, "You still have your right one."
PauliostheGreat- May 2, 2011 at 10:18 am
I told everyone when we were watching the fight that he got poked. Thats not even the poke I saw. There was another one when shield went for a clinch and his right hand index finger cought him in the eye.
RearNakedSpoon- May 2, 2011 at 9:26 am
That eye poke robbed us of a better fight.
The_Iron_Fish- May 2, 2011 at 8:39 am
wrong article
The_Iron_Fish- May 2, 2011 at 8:38 am
Did she actually say anything about the Playboy pics off camera?
edhedicus- May 2, 2011 at 8:36 am
A pretty good guy? He associates himself with the douchebags in Stockton and he is a good guy? Lay with dogs you get fleas.
And now that overhand right makes so much more sense. Keep Shields cheating ass moving towards the eye he can see out of. Koscheck is a cheating eye poking bitch too, ask Rumble Johnson...
RwilsonR- May 2, 2011 at 8:26 am
I have this image of Jake Shields, Nick Diaz and Gil Melendez as the Three Stooges, exchanging slaps and eye pokes. Jake is Larry, Nick is Moe, Gilbert is Curly, and Nate is Shemp.
-Hey Nick, turn around and look at this.
Whaddya want me to look at? I don't see.......[ploink!]
Eeeyyuuhh! Why I oughtta..........[smack!]
KarmaAteMyCat- May 2, 2011 at 8:24 am

Get Off Me- May 2, 2011 at 8:21 am
Hominick is no Jake Shields and he brought Aldo to a decision.
Jake Shields does not get submitted and was tko'd once in his career over ten years ago. If you got your hopes up that this fight would not go to a decision and want to blame GSP for it, you really got to pump your brakes and rethink things.
GSP submitting Shields was never an option, see John Danaher pre fight interviews. GSP knocking out Shields was the only way the fight was going to be stopped, I thought GSP came very close, but he did not get there, neither has anyone who has fought Shields in the past ten years.
UFC 129 kicked ass, if you showed this event to someone who never saw an MMA card before, there is no doubt they would be entertained and possibly become a fan of MMA moving forward.