UFC on FOX: Five takeaways from Saturday's fights in Orlando

Ross Houston
February 25, 2018

The featherweight bout was the main event of today's UFC on FOX 28 show at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.

At the forefront of the conversation is a knee that Jeremy Stephens attempted as Josh Emmett was trying to scramble back to a standing position. It came with a decent amount of controversy, unfortunately, as it looked like Stephens may have landed an illegal knee on a down Emmett before replay showed he had landed what were some much more obviously illegal elbows to the back of Emmett's head only seconds before he was brutally knocked out.

These two were happy to trade right from the jump and it produced a wildly entertaining scrap, with Emmett countering a telegraphed uppercut to put Stephens on the canvas late in the first. That was a knee to the back of the head. Emmett landed a hard ground and pound, but Stephens got back to his feet shortly before the round ended. It sets up Stephens as one of the top featherweights in the world and possibly gives him a title shot.


The ending of the fight resulted in a heated argument on FOX just after the conclusion of the event.

Now ranked second, Jessica Andrade looks to take one more step towards another title shot as she gears up to face off Tecia Torres in the women's strawweight division.

"We haven't had a chance to talk to the commission yet, but yes, Josh will appeal", a representative stated to ESPN. She swarmed Torres with boxing combinations on the feet and racked up seven takedowns, according to Fightmetric.


Torres made Andrade pay for her aggression at times, as she landed multiple counter right hands The blows appeared to have little effect on Andrade's will, however, as she frequently walked right through them to land her own left hook.

Torres is a great karate stylist with quick kicks, fast hands, and great footwork and she will need all three to deal with Andrade in this fight. Moments later Saint Preux was unconscious on the canvas. In this fight, Saint Preux will enjoy a massive seven-inch reach advantage over Latifi.In the wrestling department, Saint Preux and Latifi are fairly similar except the Swedish "Sledgehammer" (Ilir Latifi) has never been taken down during his UFC career.

Welterweight Max "Pain" Griffin was supposed to be a sacrificial lamb to get Mike "Platinum" Perry off the schneid, but he didn't do a good job of that. Big right hook for Stephens now.


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