GOIANIA, Brazil – It was brutal as it was quick. Jeremy Stephens needed less than a minute to floor Rony Jason with a head kick, and he then followed up with a scorching right hand that sealed the deal just 40 seconds into the first round.
The featherweight bout opened the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 32 event at Goiania Arena in Goiania, Goias, Brazil. It aired on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on MMAjunkie.com.
After the fight, Stephens said that he spotted Jason leaning too far while throwing the right hand, and managed to time it perfectly with the head kick that caught Jason coming in.
The follow-up punch might have been unnecessary, however, as Stephens seemed to admit after the fight.
“Rony Jason’s a very respectful guy, somebody I respect,” Stephens told UFC play-by-play man Jon Anik, who claimed that Stephens had apologized for the blow immediately after the stoppage. “He’s very humble, represents Brazil very well.
“I have a lot of respect for him, but the ref told me, ‘Don’t stop until I pull you off.’ It’s my job to come in here, and I’ve got to do my job.”
Stephens (22-9 MMA, 9-8 UFC) has now won two straight in the UFC after rebounding from a three-fight losing skid. Jason (13-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) suffered his first loss in the octagon with the KO defeat.
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John Morgan contributed to this report on-site in Brazil.