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UFC on ESPN+ 17: Eye poke injury mars Rodriguez vs. Stephens main event

No-contest ruling disappoints Mexican crowd

Yair Rodriguez (11-2-0) and No. 8 Jeremy Stephens (28-16-0) was unexpectedly cut short due to an eye injury suffered by Stephens 15 seconds into the main event Saturday night at UFC on ESPN+ 17 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Rodriguez started off fast with three successive leg kicks before apparently poking Stephen in the eye. Replays were inconclusive, but did show Stephens grabbing his face and then complaining to referee Herb Dean. The bout was halted and after allowing for five minutes for the injury to heal, Dean subsequently ruled the bout a no-contest.

Carla Esparza and Alexa Grasso earned Fight of the Night, while Paul Craig and Steven Peterson earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

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

In case you missed the prelims:

CLAUDIO PUELLES DEF. MARCOS MARIANO VIA UD (30-25, 30-25, 30-25)

BETHE CORREIA DEF. SIJARA EUBANKS VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

PAUL CRAIG DEF. VINICIUS MOREIRA VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R1 3:19

SERGIO PETTIS DEF. TYSON NAM VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANGELA HILL DEF. ARIANE CARNELOSSI VIA TKO (DOCTOR’S STOPPAGE) R3 1:56

KYLE NELSON DEF. MARCO POLO REYES VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 1:36

JOSE QUINONEZ DEF. CARLOS HACHIN VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MAIN CARD 

MARTIN BRAVO VS. STEVEN PETERSON 

WINNER: STEVEN PETERSON VIA TKO (SPINNING BACKFIST) R2 1:31

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARTIN BRAVO VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Bravo was doing well, but just got caught in an exchange. Great win for Peterson.

#10 IRENE ALDANA VS. VANESSA MELO 

WINNER: IRENE ALDANA VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: IRENE ALDANA VIA UD

Andrews: Aldana was solid once again in a good fight.

#9 BRANDON MORENO VS. ASKAR ASKAROV

WINNER: MAJORITY DRAW (28-28, 28-29, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRANDON MORENO VIA UD

Andrews: Great performances by both fighters. Looks like they are both keepers.

#8 CARLA ESPARZA VS. ALEXA GRASSO

WINNER: CARLA ESPARZA VIA MAJORITY DECISION (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEXA GRASSO VIA UD

Andrews: Grasso could not afford to let Carla get any takedowns, but she failed. Carla landed a lot of strikes too. Good armbar attempt by Grasso, but no dice.

MAIN EVENT

#7 YAIR RODRIGUEZ VS. #8 JEREMY STEPHENS 

WINNER: NO-CONTEST (EYEPOKE INJURY TO STEPHENS)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: YAIR RODRIGUEZ VIA UD 

Andrews: Well, that sucked.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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