After a No Contest ending halted the main event of the UFC’s latest trip to Mexico City, two Featherweights will once again enter the Octagon sooner rather than later.
In the main event of the UFC Fight Night 159, which took place on September 21, ranked contenders Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens were scheduled to fight. The bout made it all the way to the octagon and even to the first bell. However, less than 15 seconds into the bout, Yair would land a seemingly unintentional eye poke foul.
Stephens was given the full five minute rest period to recover from the illegal blow and in that time was checked on by ringside doctors who attempted multiple times to open and view Jeremy’s eye to no avail. With Jeremy unable to continue after the five minute period, the doctors called the bout and due to the immediate nature of the foul, the bout was ruled a No Contest.
The Mexico City crowd erupted and began immediately tossing food, beverages and trash into the cage and more specifically towards Stephens as he attempted to be leave the cage and open arena area.
Both fighters were quick to ask or the bout to be rescheduled at the earliest possible time and it would appear that the promotion will oblige.
Confirmed by ESPN’s Brett Okamotto, the Featherweight rematch of sorts will take place at UFC on ESPN 6 in Boston, Massachusetts and will serve as the cards co-main event.
Breaking: Yair Rodriguez (@panteraufc) vs. Jeremy Stephens (@LiLHeathenMMA) is being re-booked as the co-main event for UFC Fight Night on Oct. 18 in Boston, per UFC president Dana White. pic.twitter.com/2wlpvBOGFI
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) September 25, 2019
UFC on ESPN 6 takes place on October 18 at the TD Garden Arena in Boston, MA and will air live on ESPN.