At UFC on FOX 26, Josh Emmett staked his turf among the featherweight division’s hardest hitters, when he knocked Ricardo Lamas out cold.
But at Saturday night’s UFC on FOX 28, Jeremy Stephens seemed to take Emmett’s presence as a personal affront.
Stephens shook off a first-round knockdown and finished the job in the second, though not without some controversy. A big left hook, some questionable blows, and pair of elbows finished the job. The bout was waved off at the 1:35 mark of the second round at Orlando’s Amway Center.
“Now we know who the hardest hitting 145er is,” Stephens said. “No disrespect, Josh Emmett put me down, but you cannot break me baby.”
The duo came out swinging in the opening round, as each tried to figure out their range. Emmett landed the first big blow of the bout, as the Team Alpha Male competitor dropped Stephens with a counter right hand.
Stephens fought his way out of the bad spot, though, and opened up in the second. A counter right was followed by a huge left which dropped Emmett. When they hit the mat, Stephens landed a series of elbows, several of which landed on the back of Emmett’s head. Stephens also grazed Emmett with a knee to the head while he was downed.
Referee Dan Miragliotta did not penalize or warn Stephens for any of the apparent infractions, and Stephens then put Emmett out with a pair of huge — legal — elbows.
“He was tough, man,” Stephens said. “We were out there swinging. Those Alpha Male guys are tough, we gave you a show.”
The victory was the third in a row for Stephens (28-11) and his 18th career knockout. It was also the 15th UFC win for Stephens, who debuted in the company at UFC 71. Emmett (13-2) had a two-fight win streak snapped.
UFC ON FOX 28 QUICK RESULTS:
Josh Emmett vs. Jeremy Stephens — Stephens def. Emmett by KO (punches and elbows) at 1:35 of Round Two
Tecia Torres vs. Jessica Andrade — Andrade def. Torres by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28 x2)
Ilir Latifi vs. Ovince Saint Preux — Latifi def. Saint Preux by technical submission (guillotine choke) at 3:48 of Round One
Max Griffin vs. Mike Perry — Griffin def. Perry by unanimous decision (29-27 x2, 30-27)
Renan Barao vs. Brian Kelleher — Kelleher def. Barao by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Sara McMann vs. Marion Reneau — Reneau def. McMann by submission (triangle choke) at 3:40 of Round Two
Angela Hill vs. Maryna Moroz — Hill def. Moroz by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Alan Jouban vs. Ben Saunders — Jouban def. Saunders by KO (punch) at 2:38 of Round Two
Sam Alvey vs. Marcin Prachnio — Alvey def. Prachnio by KO (punch) at 4:23 of Round One
Russel Doane vs. Rani Yahya — Yahya def. Doane by submission (arm triangle choke) at 2:32 of Round Three
Alex Perez vs. Eric Shelton — Perez def. Shelton by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Manny Bermudez vs. Albert Morales — Bermudez def. Morales by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:33 of Round Two