August 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Wagner Prado reacts after being poked in the eye by Phil Davis during the light heavyweight match at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
At UFC on Fox 4, Wagner Prado, a Brazilian prospect coming off eight straight wins, made his UFC debut against Phil Davis. The bout was regarded widely as a mismatch and many said that Prado wouldn't stand a chance. To many people's surprise however, Prado was holding his own against Davis and winning some standup exchanges (although it's hard to really judge it in a fight roughly a minute and a half long). Unfortunately for Prado and Davis, their bout had to come to an early stop when Prado was badly affected by an accidental eye poke from Davis. When the bout was ended, Prado was visibly upset with the decision to end the fight, and reasonably so.
Apparently, however, it was a good thing that fight was stopped. In addition to Prado recently admitted to Tatame that his eye was in no shape to continue the fight, he recently spoke to Fighters Only Magazine saying he's still feeling the affects of that eye poke. Here's what he says on the matter:
The doctor questioned me what I was feeling and I told him that I saw two people. He would not ask me if I wanted to fight. Actually that was not an option of mine. I didn't agree in the time but I see that was the best decision. I still can't see near with my right eye.
This is his description of how he interacted with the doctor just after the eye poke. In the moment, he didn't want the fight to be stopped, as most fighters do, but he realizes now it was the right move.
The UFC got in touch with my agent. They firstly want me to take care of my health, do all the tests and when I am completely released we will see a date to fight him again.
It is good to see that the UFC is looking into his health first and foremost. Though there were reports that Davis and Prado would have a rematch at UFC on FX 5, it all depends on how Prado's eye heals, and that may take a while if it's still not working properly. Hopefully we get to see him back at 100% and we get to see that rematch.