Hendricks knew the eye poke was coming and knew he would have to fight through it. http://mmajunkie.com/news/28577/following-ufc-on-fox-3-win-hendricks-fine-waiting-for-st-pierre-vs-condit-winner.mma
The fight was made even tougher for Hendricks, a two-time NCAA wrestling champ, by the circumstances he fought through. He said Koscheck poked him in the eye early in the first round, and instantly he saw double, a sensation he called "scary as hell."
Scarier, still, because he felt he couldn't do anything about it. Hendricks said he was instructed by referee Kevin Mulhall before the fight to keep going if an accidental eye poke occurred.
"I said, 'If he pokes me in the eye, what are you doing to do?' He said, 'I can't stop it,'" Hendricks said. "'You don't get a five-minute break, and you can't say you can't see, or the fights going to be over.'"
So Hendricks bit down on his mouthpiece and tried to punch when he felt punches coming at him. A takedown cost him points at the end of the third and final frame, but when scorecards were read, two judges gave him the fight, 29-28.