The fight was ruled a no-contest after an accidental foul by Rodriguez to Stephens. Don't you DARE question Jeremy Stephens's heart or commitment. Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight to allow Stephens the opportunity to recover for the full allowed five minutes. Stephens then took on the former featherweight champion in Aldo, but was stopped by way of technical knockout in the first round. Projected College Football Playoff rankings: How many will SEC get in? Although he was given the standard five minute recovery time, Stephens’ eye would not open and the fight was called off. Please check your email for a confirmation. The fight began and with just a few strikes thrown, it had to be stopped. Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved. UFC Mexico City: Yair Rodriguez vs. Jeremy Stephens declared a no-contest after just 15 seconds of action. Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. #UFCMexico #UFCMexicoCity, — Julian marquez (@JMarquezMMA) September 22, 2019. Tossing plastic cups all over the arena! We bring sports news that matters to your inbox, to help you stay informed and get a winning edge. When Stephens was unable to open his left eye after five minutes of recovery, the ringside physician advised that referee Herb Dean call the fight off. I get that the fans are upset because they paid to watch this fight, but consider Stephens has been living in Mexico for the past six weeks, away from his family, and this happens to him. He is one of the toughest and most dangerous guy in that division. Viva Mexico.". You'll now receive the top MMA Junkie stories each day directly in your inbox. #ufcmexico @ufc MAIN EVENT!!! The main event of UFC Mexico City lasted just 15 seconds Saturday night after Yair Rodriguez accidentally poked Jeremy Stephens in the eye. suffering his second defeat in his professional career to Frankie Edgar at UFC 211, preparing for a fight with Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 228, put him out cold at the final second of the fight, The day after: Winners (and losers) of UFC Mexico City react, Costa Rips Stephens, Masvidal Talks Diaz Fight and Ferguson Wants Khabib's Title, Early prediction for Max Holloway vs. Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 245, UFC Mexico City: Carla Esparza survives scare from Alexa Grasso for close decision, Top 25 Super Bowl Performances of All Time, Each NHL Team's Most Likely Future Hall of Famer, 30 Greatest Teams in Premier League History, 28 most memorable buzzer beaters in March Madness history. Now back in the win column, Rodriguez readied for another battle-tested veteran in Stephens for his next outing. When asked if he wanted to fight Stephens in his next outing, Rodriguez seemed open to almost any challenge. "It doesn't matter who I fight as long as it's the top," Rodriguez said. © 2004-2020 CBS Interactive. UFC Mexico City took place on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, live from the Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico. #UFCMexico, — Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) September 22, 2019. Stephens told his team after the fight that he felt an enormous amount of pressure on his eye after the poke, an amount of pressure he's never felt before. Stephens vs. Rodriguez rewind (1:27) Go back to Sept. 21 in Mexico City when Jeremy Stephens vs. Yair Rodriguez was ruled a no contest due to an eye poke. — Yves (@thugjitsumaster) September 22, 2019. See how Twitter reacted to the fight here. "I apologize a great deal," Rodriguez said through an interpreter following the fight. At UFC Mexico City, featherweight highlights Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens had their night ended early. 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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - SEPTEMBER 21: (L-R) Yair Rodriguez of Mexico and Jeremy Stephens touch gloves prior to their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event on September 21, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. If Jeremy Stephens spent $30,000 on a training camp and lived at altitude away from his family for months only to have this fight end in seconds due to an unintentional eye poke, he will be absolutely gutted. With his two-fight win streak snapped, Stephens hoped to rebound with a fight against the aforementioned Magomedsharipov at UFC 235. Yair Rodríguez: vs. Jeremy Stephens: No Contest (accidental eye poke) 1 0:15 Women's Strawweight Carla Esparza: def. He has fought the absolute best of his generation often to his own detriment. The main event of UFC Fight Night 159 was a highly anticipated featherweight showdown between grizzled vet Jeremy Stephens and up-and-comer Yair Rodriguez. A disappointed crowd in Mexico City began to throw garbage and ice cubes into the cage before things were calmed down and Rodriguez was given a chance to speak to his hometown fans. By: Mike Bohn. Sign up for our newsletter and get every update delivered to your inbox!

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