He talked about the unfortunate ending as well as a potential rematch with Stephens sometime soon. Horrible turn of events. Despite beginning to look better in the later rounds, Stephens was defeated by Magomedsharipov via unanimous decision and was now on a two-fight losing streak. The fight began and with just a few strikes thrown, it had to be stopped. #ufcmexico @ufc MAIN EVENT!!! Rodriguez came back to take on Chan Sung Jung, better known as “The Korean Zombie”, in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Korean Zombie vs. Rodriguez in Nov. 2018. After five minutes, the ultra-tough Stephens still could not open his eye and Dean was forced to call off the fight, ruling it a no contest. 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. We bring sports news that matters to your inbox, to help you stay informed and get a winning edge. UFC on ESPN+ 38 results: Jessica Andrade makes history with TKO of Katlyn Chookagian, UFC on ESPN+ 38 results: Brian Ortega dominates 'Korean Zombie' to earn title shot, After TKO win, Jessica Andrade says she's what flyweight needs: 'I can put up a fight against Valentina', Jimmy Crute wants Nikita Krylov for his 'Kyokushin spirit' after UFC on ESPN+ 38 knockout, UFC on ESPN+ 38 video: Jimmy Crute scores nasty KO of Modestas Bukauskas, With UFC title shot looming, Brian Ortega hasn't forgotten about Max Holloway: 'We will meet again', UFC on ESPN+ 38 Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay: 2020 total clears $5 million. That’s the most disappointing finish but I hope more than anything @LiLHeathenMMA isn’t seriously injured. UFC Mexico City took place on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, live from the Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico. 6-keys: media/spln/mma/reg/free/stories, at (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images). Build your custom FanSided Daily email newsletter with news and analysis on All MMA and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more. Jeremy, I feel very bad about this, let's do it again.". "We both trained very hard for this. At UFC Mexico City, featherweight highlights Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens had their night ended early. Please check your email for a confirmation. 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. Stephens then took on the former featherweight champion in Aldo, but was stopped by way of technical knockout in the first round. Alexa Grasso: Decision (majority) (28–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00 Flyweight Brandon Moreno: vs. Askar Askarov: Draw (split) (28–28, 28–29, 30–27) 3 5:00 Catchweight (140 lb) Irene Aldana: def. Vanessa Melo For Choi and Emmett, Stephens was able to do what he is well-known for in his career, which is viciously knocking people out. — Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) September 22, 2019. All Rights Reserved. The fight between Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens at UFC Mexico City ended in devastating fashion, but not in the way you may think. 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. UFC Fight Night 159 results: Yair Rodriguez vs. Jeremy Stephens ends in no contest after eye poke An exciting featherweight main event was cut short just 15 seconds after it began. Unfortunately, 15 seconds after the fight began, it was all over. Now back in the win column, Rodriguez readied for another battle-tested veteran in Stephens for his next outing. By: Mike Bohn. Although he was given the standard five minute recovery time, Stephens’ eye would not open and the fight was called off. #UFCMexico #UFCMexicoCity, — Julian marquez (@JMarquezMMA) September 22, 2019. UFC Fight Night 159 from Mexico City went completely sideways during the main event, with the much anticipated Yair Rodriguez vs. Jeremy Stephens scrap ending over … Your privacy is safe with us. From being briefly cut from the promotion altogether to needing to heal an injury sustained while preparing for a fight with Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 228, there was a lot Rodriguez had to endure before making his eventual return. Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved. Viva Mexico.". 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. 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. Don't you DARE question Jeremy Stephens's heart or commitment. 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. 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. 11:05 pm ET, Gaethje plans to 'ruin the day' of White, Khabib, more, Conor McGregor accepts date to fight Dustin Poirier, Bellator signs only bantamweight to beat Yan, Buckley scores an all-time great UFC knockout, Sterling vs. Yan planned for UFC 256 in December, Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson fight set for UFC 249 in April, McGregor set to return at UFC 246 in January vs. 'Cowboy', Wheili Zhang vs. Joanna official for UFC 248 in March. The bout was ruled a no contest. If ANYONE says he is hurt, Stephens is the most believable of them all. He is one of the toughest and most dangerous guy in that division. Thanks for signing up. Rodriguez pawed after a missed strike and a finger accidentally found its way into Stephens' eye. @LiLHeathenMMA vs @panteraufc pic.twitter.com/bU19O3SheY, — Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) September 22, 2019, Damn that is a part of the game sometimes @ufc just unfortunate that was gonna be a great fight, — Maurice Greene (@TheCrochetBoss) September 22, 2019, Wrong eye , and didn’t even get poked anyone else wit me #UFCMexicoCity, — Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) September 22, 2019, Ppl saying Stephens wanted out of the fight?? The main event of UFC Mexico City lasted just 15 seconds Saturday night after Yair Rodriguez accidentally poked Jeremy Stephens in the eye. 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. © 2004-2020 CBS Interactive. The fight was ruled a no-contest after an accidental foul by Rodriguez to Stephens. "I'm ready to do this again. After suffering his second defeat in his professional career to Frankie Edgar at UFC 211, Rodriguez spent nearly a year away from the Octagon. In a short post-fight interview with Michael Bisping, Rodriguez was visibly upset. In the same year as Rodriguez’s return, Stephens fought three times against names at the top of the division such as Doo Ho Choi, Josh Emmett and Jose Aldo. Everyone spent a lot of money to come down and support us. When asked if he wanted to fight Stephens in his next outing, Rodriguez seemed open to almost any challenge. With the ringside physician checking Stephens' eye, Dean continually said he would allow the full time before making a final call. Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices. The veteran was still unable to open his eye when he made it back to the locker room and will be heading to an emergency ophthalmologist, according to ESPN. — Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 22, 2019, Wait why is yair going crazy?! Rodriguez accidentally scraped the face of Stephens with an open hand, which caused Stephens’ eye to completely close up. 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. Here is how Twitter reacted to the fight between Rodriguez and Stephens: https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1175601552477700096, https://twitter.com/francis_ngannou/status/1175600463535890433, The panther scratches @LiLHeathenMMA ‘s Eye ….. hopefully he can recover #UFCMexicoCity, — Dennis Bermudez (@MenaceBermudez) September 22, 2019, https://twitter.com/NEWBREED04/status/1175594772913958912, Here We Go!!! Yair Rodríguez: vs. Jeremy Stephens: No Contest (accidental eye poke) 1 0:15 Women's Strawweight Carla Esparza: def. Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Brian Ortega after UFC on ESPN+ 38 win? When it’s a no contest, historically you only get your show money. Projected College Football Playoff rankings: How many will SEC get in? #UFCMexico, — Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) September 22, 2019. Video: UFC 254 'Countdown' for Jared Cannonier vs. Robert Whittaker. Chan Sung Jung says he wasn’t all there for the final three rounds of his main event loss to Brian Ortega at UFC on ESPN+ 38. Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight to allow Stephens the opportunity to recover for the full allowed five minutes. #UFCMexicoCity, — Katlyn Chookagian (@blondefighter) September 22, 2019, Mexico ain’t playing any games! You'll now receive the top MMA Junkie stories each day directly in your inbox. We'll never pass along your email address to spammers, scammers, or the like. — Yves (@thugjitsumaster) September 22, 2019. Follow along with FanSided MMA for all your live results and highlights. Don't panic – Brian Ortega vows to grow back hair: 'I can't stay bald, brother', Two-division Cage Warriors champion Mason Jones signs with UFC, Krzysztof Jotko out, Kevin Holland meets Makhmud Muradov at UFC on ESPN+ 39 (Updated), Chan Sung Jung 'embarrassed' by Brian Ortega loss: 'I'm just a fool', Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Please check your email for a confirmation. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Commissioner.com is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc. site: media | arena: mma | pageType: stories | "It doesn't matter who I fight as long as it's the top," Rodriguez said. section: | slug: ufc-fight-night-159-results-yair-rodriguez-vs-jeremy-stephens-ends-in-no-contest-after-eye-poke | sport: mma | route: article_single.us | See how Twitter reacted to the fight here. Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Chan Sung Jung after UFC on ESPN+ 38 loss? With his two-fight win streak snapped, Stephens hoped to rebound with a fight against the aforementioned Magomedsharipov at UFC 235.

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