Jeremy Stephens

UFC on Fox 5 Quick Results

Main Card:
Benson Henderson def. Nathan Diaz - Decision (Unanimous)
Alexander Gustafsson def. Mauricio Rua - Decision (Unanimous)
Rory MacDonald def. BJ Penn - Decision (Unanimous)
Matt Brown def. Mike Swick - KO (Punches)

Preliminary Fights:
Yves Edwards def. Jeremy Stephens - KO (Punches & Elbows)
Raphael Assuncao def. Mike Easton - Decision (Unanimous)
Ramsey Nijem def. Joe Proctor - Decision (Unanimous)
Daron Cruickshank def. Henry Martinez - KO (Kick)
Abel Trujillo def. Marcus LeVesseur - TKO (Knees)
Dennis Siver def. Nam Phan - Decision (Unanimous)
Scott Jorgensen def. John Albert - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

The Daily Recap: Valimaki-Al Hassan Cancelled, Denis Retires & More

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UFC veterans Victor Valamaki and Razak Al-Hassan were scheduled to fight yesterday at Aggression FC 14 in Edmonton, Alberta. The fight was cancelled when doctors refused to allow Valimaki to fight.

Valimaki apologized on Facebook, “Sorry guys, doc wouldn’t let me fight due to kidney failure from too big of a weight cut. Thanks everyone for the support, I feel like shit for letting everyone down. Time for a move up in weight so watch out heavyweights!”

Yves Edwards and Jeremy Stephens will finally lock horns at UFC on Fox 5 as it’s being reported that Stephens will step in and replace John Cholish who was forced to withdraw with a groin injury. Stephens and Edwards were originally slated to fight at UFC on FX 5 but the fight was scrapped when Stephens was arrested on an old warrant. [MMA Junkie]

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The Daily Recap: Brenneman, Johnson Paired for New UFC Event, Vera Return Bout Booked & More

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The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— A pivotal welterweight bout between Charlie Brenneman and Anthony Johnson has been booked for UFC on Versus 6, a newly-planned event that could take place on October 1 in Washington D.C. Brenneman capitalized on being placed in a last-minute matchup with rising contender Rick Story, grinding out a decision win over the 26-year-old. Johnson fought for the first time in well over a year this past March, winning a unanimous nod over former title challenger Dan Hardy. [UFC.com & Heavy MMA]

— Brandon Vera will return to action and attempt to snap a two-fight losing streak when he faces "Ultimate Fighter" alumnus Eliot Marshall at UFC 137 on October 29 in Las Vegas. Vera was dominated over three rounds against Thiago Silva in May and released from the UFC in January, but the bout was changed to a no-contest after Silva failed a post-fight drug test and Vera was reinstated. He'll take on Marshall, who also returned to the UFC after an unceremonius release in March, falling to Luiz Cane via first-round TKO. [UFC.com]

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All Fighters on Weight for UFC Fight Night 19


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The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 19 event, which takes place at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

Headlining UFC Fight Night 19 will be a lightweight clash between “Ultimate Fighter 5” winner Nate Diaz and colorful striker and fellow “TUF” alumnus Melvin Guillard as well as Roger Huerta’s potential final UFC bout against standout wrestler Gray Maynard.

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Previewing UFC Fight Night 19: The Prelims


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One of the more busy weeks in MMA will kick off on Wednesday when the UFC holds UFC Fight Night 19 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma before premiering the first episode of the tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show on Spike TV.

Headlining UFC Fight Night 19 will be a lightweight clash between “Ultimate Fighter 5” winner Nate Diaz and colorful striker and fellow “TUF” alumnus Melvin Guillard as well as Roger Huerta’s potential final UFC bout against standout wrestler Gray Maynard.

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Fight Announcements: Tibau-Stephens, Marshall-Ciesnolevicz & More


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Quite a few recently reported fights, at least regarding the UFC, have popped up over the last day or so. Here they are:

- With Efrain Escudero out of action after sustaining a rib injury during a recent training session, Gleison Tibau has stepped in to face Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 18 on April 1 in Nashville, Tennessee. Since Escudero will no longer be featured on the card, the bout has been bumped down to the preliminary portion and a lightweight bout between Tyson Griffin and Rafael dos Anjos has been moved to the main card. [UFC.com]

- A late addition to the UFC’s return to Canada next month is expected to be light heavyweight bout between Eliot Marshall and Mike Ciesnolevicz. Bout agreements will reportedly be signed shortly. It will be the second fight in three months for Ciesnolevicz, who submitting Neil Grove in his UFC debut at UFC 95 in February. The fight should be part of the event’s non-televised preliminary action. [MMA Weekly]

- International Fight League veteran Brad Blackburn will attempt to keep his five-fight undefeated streak alive when he faces UFC newcomer Edgar Garcia at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale on June 20. Other fights expected to take place at the event include lightweight battles between Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida as well as Joe Stevenson and Nate Diaz. [Five Ounces of Pain]

- Rising “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Tim Credeur will reportedly return to action at April 1st’s UFC Fight Night 18 against Nick Catone, who has had trouble finding an opponent that will actually come out of a training camp healthy. It will supposedly be one of the eight preliminary bouts on the card. [MMA Weekly]

Quote of the Day: Lauzon Expects Easier Fight Against Stephens


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“On our feet, it’s the same fight. Stephens is a brawler but, once it hits the ground, it’s going to be an entirely different fight. Hermes is a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu; Stephens isn’t as good as him on the ground. He’s going to come out and try to knock me out. He doesn’t want to fight me on the ground. Hermes was a bigger fight but this is a little easier fight for me.”

- During his open media workout yesterday afternoon, “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Joe Lauzon comments on his upcoming lightweight bout against last-minute replacement opponent Jeremy Stephens, which will take place on February 7 in Tampa, Florida.

UFC 91 Quick Results

Main card:

Brock Lesnar def. Randy Couture - TKO (punch)
Kenny Florian def. Joe Stevenson - Submission (rear naked choke)
Dustin Hazelett def. Tamdan McCrory - Submission (armbar)
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Josh Hendricks - TKO (punch)
Demian Maia def. Nate Quarry - Submission (rear naked choke)

Preliminary bouts:

Aaron Riley def. Jorge Gurgel - Unanimous Decision
Jeremy Stephens def. Rafael dos Anjos - KO (punch)
Mark Bocek def. Alvin Robinson - Submission (rear naked choke)
Matt Brown def. Ryan Thomas - Submission (armbar)

Mixed emotions

In the second round Lesnar landed a punch that sent Couture to the mat.  Lesnar then jumped on Couture, landing a big hammer-fist, and then continued to punch and punch until the fight was stopped.  Four fights into his MMA career, and Brock Lesnar is the UFC heavyweight champion.  It was good to finally see a heavyweight championship fight, but with Lesnar becoming champ so fast it’ll be interesting to see how the former WWE star is received as UFC champ by MMA fans, and general sports fans alike.

Tap Selections: UFC 91

Here are our predictions (after the jump, winners in bold) for tonight’s UFC 91 event.

The main card will be broadcast on pay-per-view and Yahoo! Sports starting at 10 PM ET.

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Report: Stephens to Face dos Anjos at UFC 91


Jeremy Stephens. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Midwest product Jeremy Stephens will reportedly meet Fury FC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos when the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Las Vegas on November 15 for UFC 91 according to MMA Junkie.

Both Stephens and dos Anjos have reportedly agreed to fight on the card and bout agreements are expected to be signed and returned shortly. The fight will likely be one of UFC 91’s non-televised preliminary bouts.

Stephens, who turned heads with his performance against veteran Din Thomas at UFC 71 last year, had a three-fight win streak snapped at the hands of fellow Miletich Fighting Systems product Spencer Fisher at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale in June. Fisher defeated Stephens by unanimous decision.

A training partner of UFC veteran Marcio Cruz, dos Anjos is currently riding a nine-fight winning streak that stretches back to October 2006. He last earned a split decision over Japanese fighter Takafumi Otsuka at Fury FC 6 on July 12 in Brazil.

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