Sayles would ultimately go on to lose a unanimous decision against Moraes, but the real loss came in the form of the damage those unpunished eye pokes caused. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported on Thursday that Sayles suffered a torn retina which will require laser surgery to correct:
update from today’s show:— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 8, 2018
Matt Sayles suffered a torn retina as a result of the multiple eye pokes suffered in his loss to Sheymon Moraes at UFC 227, according to his team. He’s undergoing laser eye surgery tomorrow. Worth noting, no points were deducted during the fight. pic.twitter.com/E1tvOdaf2Y
Sayles (7-2) is a product of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, but will now be sidelined indefinitely until he is medically cleared following laser eye surgery.