Last night, the UFC touched down in sun-soaked Orlando, Florida with an exciting 12-fight card. In the main event, cinderblock-fisted featherweight contenders Jeremy Stephens and Josh Emmett collided in a fight that had Performance of the Night written all over it.
In the end, the fight met those early expectations, with Stephens coming out on top in the most vicious way possible.
After a close first round, throughout which Stephen pressed forward, but Emmett landed the most significant punch, the two featherweights rose off their stools for a second round. In this second round, Stephens did what he does best. After wobbling his foe with a punch, he punished him with a series of questionable elbows and knees (many onlookers felt they were illegal as they seemed to land on the back of the head), and a salvo of absolutely brutal ground punches. Seconds later, Emmett was supine on the canvas, completely unconscious. He came to under the Jumbotron as Stephens’ knockout win was announced.
Relive Stephens’s brutal win in the video at the top of this post!
With this win, Stephens moves onto a three-fight streak – his first streak of this length since 2014. This win is composed of destructive wins over Gilbert Melendez, Doo Ho Choi and now Emmett. Post-fight, Stephens called for a featherweight title shot. While these calls might be a little premature at this point, he’s damn close. After 11 years in the UFC, he’s 28-14 overall.
Emmett, meanwhile, is now 13-2, and has experienced his first knockout loss. This loss was preceded by a similarly emphatic knockout win, has he put down Ricardo Lamas with a first-round punch back in December. While this loss is bound to sting for the Team Alpha Male contender, he’s got plenty of time to bounce back.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/25/2018.