Jeremy Stephens Opens Up On Controversial Win Over Josh Emmett

Erica Murray
February 26, 2018

Following last night's UFC on FOX 28 event in Orlando, Florida the recipients of the evening's $50,000 bonus awards were announced.

Featherweight contenders Josh Emmett and Jeremy Stephens square off in the main event of UFC on Fox!

"Lil' Heathen" has now graced the octagon 28 times, and with that comes a notable position in the company record books.

UFC on Fox 28 was considered by many - on paper at least - to be the weakest card the promotion had put on "big" Fox since the TV deal began back in 2012.

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $175,500. Plus, Jim and Matt talk about Colby Covington and Derek Brunson going back-and-forth on Twitter, Conor McGregor's dubious new UFC record, Mark Diakiese's polite Sage Northcutt call out, and Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida.

Opening the main card against Griffin, Perry was a big favorite, but he was picked apart and dropped over the course of three rounds. With 80 seconds remaining, Emmett connected with a right hook that dumped Stephens onto the canvas. He also defeated Dooho Choi at UFC Fight Night 124 in January.

Following the first and only knockout loss of his career in December 2012, Stephens relocated to the featherweight ranks, where he's become a Top-10 fixture while continuing to square off with a collection of the top competitors in the division every time out.

Stephens' 18 knockdowns landed in UFC competition are tied with Anderson Silva for most in company history. He connected with a massive left hook that sent Emmett to the mat before following it up with nasty ground and pound from above. Perry, who has recorded a knockout in all of his 11 professional wins, suffered his second consecutive loss. Either one of these fighters could be fighting for the title with a win here. He is 4-1 and coming off a KO win over Ricardo Lamas. The victory also marked his second successful appearance in a UFC main event in just as many months. Torres was active off her back, and threatened several armbar attempts in the second round, but Andrade's physical strength gave her fits.

Now ranked second, Jessica Andrade looks to take one more step towards another title shot as she gears up to face off Tecia Torres in the women's strawweight division. The fiery 26-year-old has shown some promise as an exciting action fighter, but this makes two losses in a row, and it's becoming evident there's a limit to just how far he can climb up the rankings. The rule, in regards to hands being down, was more along the lines of preventing fighters from gaming the system by sticking their hands on the mat while standing bent over.

Hill improved to 6-2 since she was released from the UFC in late 2015. Andrade should have the capability to negate Torres and pick up a decision victory.

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