UFC Mexico City’s Anti-Climactic Main Event
Fans in attendance weren’t the only ones upset with the unfortunate ending to the UFC Mexico City main event. Nonetheless, Jeremy Stephens is willing to give the matchup another shot. Even though he suffered a match-ending eye poke in just 15 seconds, Stephens vocalized his desire to run it back… and as soon as possible.
UFC Mexico City was on its way to becoming one of the better Fight Night cards that ESPN+ had to offer.
Then, the main event happened. 15 seconds into the bout, Yair threw a ‘strike’ that poked Stephens in the eye.
Referee Herb Dean displayed an elite level of referee skills. Dean gave the maximum time allowed of 5 minutes for Stephens to continue but after that time period, he still couldn’t open his eye. Consequently, the bout was called off and declared a no-contest.
Yair Believed Stephens Could Continue
Throwing beer and popcorn into the cage, the fans were visibly upset with the results. Even more upset was Yair, who believed that the eye injury wasn’t enough to stop the fight. He spoke about it in a post-fight scrum.
Stephens Responds to Yair’s Comments
As a result of Yair’s words, Stephens decided to follow up with a video of his own. Reporter Karyn Bryant caught the response from the hospital and shared it on her Twitter account.
Tonight's No Contest in the #UFCMexico main event left @panteraufc questioning the severity of the eye injury. Here's @LiLHeathenMMA's response from the hospital moments ago: pic.twitter.com/tLMNvnQgFL
— Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) September 22, 2019
In the video, Stephens is pictured with bandages over the poked eye and a pair of sunglasses.
Stephens says, “You think I’m faking bro? You’re the one who poked me in the eye. Let’s run it back in four or five weeks, two weeks, whatever. I’ll be ready. Just a deep scratch, a deep bruise You’re the one who poked me. Let’s run it back motherf*cker. Let’s go.”
Re-Making the Fight
Undoubtedly, both competitors are unhappy with the unfortunate result. Fans and media were both excited for the matchup to occur. Especially in Mexico.
As a result of Stephens urging Yair to run it back, should they? Or, has the matchup lost its luster due to the ending and knowing the location of the fight will be different?
Let us know in the comments below.