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UFC on FOX 28: Jeremy Stephens rebounds to knock out Josh Emmett

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Jeremy Stephens (28-14-0) used a left hook to send Josh Emmett (13-2-0) to the canvas and followed up with ground and pound to earn a second-round TKO victory in the main event of UFC on FOX 28 last night in Orlando, Florida.

“Lil’ Heathen,” who entered the contest on a two-fight win streak, overcame adversity in the first round when he was knocked down with a solid counter right hook late in the first round. After some reassurance from his corner, Stephens fought a more composed second round, and knocked down Emmett early with the left hook.

Stephens attempted a controversial illegal knee after the knockdown as Emmett was trying to get up that according to referee Dan Miragliotta missed Emmett, but replays appeared to show that the recoil from the knee impacted Emmett.

The defeat halted Emmett’s two-fight win streak.

In the post-fight interview with Jon Anik, Stephens asked president Dana White for a title shot after paying respect to Emmett and Team Alpha Male.

Ben Saunders and Alan Jouban secured Fight of the Night, while Stephens and Ilir Latifi earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

MANNY BERMUDEZ DEF. ALBERT MORALES VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R2 2:33

ALEX PEREZ DEF. ERIC SHELTON VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

RANI YAHYA DEF. RUSSELL DOANE VIA SUBMISSION (ARM-TRIANGLE CHOKE) R2 2:32

SAM ALVEY DEF. MARCIN PRACHINO VIA KO (PUNCH) R1 4:23

ALAN JOUBAN DEF. BEN SAUNDERS VIA KO (PUNCH) R2 2:38

ANGELA HILL DEF. MARYNA MOROZ VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MARLON RENEAU DEF. SARA MCMANN VIA SUBMISSION (TRIANGLE CHOKE) R2 3:40

BRIAN KELLEHER DEF. RENAN BARAO VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

CTV TWO MAIN CARD 

MIKE PERRY VS. MAX GRIFFIN 

 

WINNER: MAX GRIFFIN VIA UD (29-27, 29-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MIKE PERRY VIA TKO

Andrews: The Mike Perry hype-train is now derailed. The question is: Is Max Griffin that good or is Mike Perry that hyped?

 

#5 OVINCE ST. PREUX VS. #8 ILIR LATIFI 

 

WINNER: ILIR LATIFI VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R1 3:48

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ILIR LATIFI VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! What a performance from Latifi! I had a feeling OSP was in for trouble on the ground, but Latifi got it done standing.

#2 JESSICA ANDRADE VS. #5 TECIA TORRES 

WINNER: JESSICA ANDRADE VIA UD (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TECIA TORRES VIA UD

Andrews: I thought Torres could outstrike Andrade from the outside, but Andrade got the takedowns. Good win for Jessica.

MAIN EVENT

#4 JOSH EMMETT VS. #7 JEREMY STEPHENS

 

WINNER: JEREMY STEPHENS VIA TKO R2 1:35

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JEREMY STEPHENS VIA TKO

Andrews: Stephens had the good chin and camp to rebound from the late first round knockdown and land one of his own in the second round. I wouldn’t be shocked if Stephens got a title shot.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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