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Eye Poke Ends Stephens-Rodriguez In 15 Seconds

Eye Poke Ends Stephens-Rodriguez In 15 Seconds

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Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens faced each other in a Flyweight clash tonight (Sat., Sept. 21, 2019) at UFC Fight Night 159 inside Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico, only on ESPN+.

Rodriguez opened with some hard kicks, digging to the calf and snapping a front kick to the jaw. Unfortunately, a scraping eye poke from Rodriguez brought about a halt to the contest immediately after that fast start. It was a clear eye poke, and even after five minutes, Stephens could not open his eye. Herb Dean did his best, but Stephens’ eye was too badly compromised for him to continue.

He still could not open his eye when he returned to the locker room:

According to coach @EricDelFierro, @LiLHeathenMMA “still has not been able to open that eye” and will likely be sent to an emergency ophthalmologist (via @HeidiAndrol)

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 22, 2019

The crowd roared their disapproval, firing plastic water bottles into the Octagon. After just 15 seconds, the main event was done.

Result: the bout was ruled a “No Contest”

For complete UFC Fight Night 159: “Rodriguez Vs. Stephens” results and play-by-play, click HERE!