December 5, 2020

Cat Zingano suffers eyelid laceration at UFC 232; veteran referee explains why it was TKO loss

By Nick Baldwin@NickBaldwinMMA

Bloodyelbow.com

It appears Cat Zingano won’t have to deal with any long-term damage after her fight against Megan Anderson at UFC 232.

Zingano lost to Anderson via first-round TKO on Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, California, but the fight ended in bizarre fashion. Anderson attempted a head kick, but instead of landing it flush, cut Zingano’s eyelid with her toenail. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported Saturday night that Zingano suffered an eyelid laceration but did not have to go to the hospital.

Ariel Helwani@arielhelwani

Cat Zingano suffered an eyelid laceration, according to the UFC. It was repaired on site and she was not transported to the hospital. She lost via first-round TKO to Megan Anderson at UFC 232.60212:00 PM – Dec 30, 2018Twitter Ads info and privacy117 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

Zingano wrote in a tweet that she was initially worried that she had suffered more damage than just an eyelid laceration, but that it seems she’ll be alright.

“I was worried my eye was ruptured,” Zingano wrote after the loss. “They say I’ll be ok tonight. Thanks to everyone for your concern.”View image on Twitter

View image on Twitter

Alpha Cat Zingano@CatZingano

I was worried my eye was ruptured. They say I’ll be ok tonight. Thanks to everyone for your concern. What are your thoughts on a finger digit poke vs a toe digit poke being ruled a tko? @ufc7,24512:55 PM – Dec 30, 20182,349 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

After the fight, some debated whether it should have resulted in a TKO win for Anderson or a no contest. Zingano raised the question in her social-media post.

“What are your thoughts on a finger digit poke vs a toe digit poke being ruled a tko?” Zingano wrote.

Zingano’s eye injury was a result of Anderson’s toe entering Zingano’s eye, not her finger. It is illegal to poke a fighter in the eye with an extended finger, but not a toe. Veteran referee John McCarthy, who now serves as a color commentator for Bellator, explained why Anderson vs. Zingano resulted in a TKO win for Anderson, not a no contest, in a series of tweets.

McCarthy said that because fighters have more control over their fingers than toes, toe strikes to the eye are not illegal. A toe entering a fighter’s eye is more comparable to a closed fist hitting a fighter’s eye — a legal strike — than an extended finger entering a fighter’s eye, McCarthy said.

“Feel so bad for @CatZingano , but that was the absolutely right call by @marcgoddard_uk,” McCarthy wrote. “Cat was kicked with a legal kick, it was a toe that caught her in the eye, but it was not illegal and is not the same as being poked with a finger.

“You punch with a closed fist. If you sustain an eye injury based upon a legal punch the eye injury could lead to you losing the fight via TKO. A fighter can not control toes in the same fashion they can fingers. That’s why we do not call toe pokes to the eye.”

Big John McCarthy@JohnMcCarthyMMA

Feel so bad for @CatZingano , but that was the absolutely right call by @marcgoddard_uk Cat was kicked with a legal kick, it was a toe that caught her in the eye, but it was not illegal and is not the same as being poked with a finger2,40810:12 AM – Dec 30, 2018Twitter Ads info and privacy437 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

Big John McCarthy@JohnMcCarthyMMA

You punch with a closed fist. If you sustain an eye injury based upon a legal punch the eye injury could lead to you losing the fight via TKO. A fighter can not control toes in the same fashion they can fingers. That’s why we do not call toe pokes to the eye #AskBJMMatt Stevens@Stevens122289#AskBigJohn @JohnMcCarthyMMA how came the toe to the is treated different than a finger to the eye?1,12810:21 AM – Dec 30, 2018Twitter Ads info and privacy248 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

Zingano’s recovery time and timetable for return is unclear at this time.