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Jeremy Stephens vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Preliminary Card | Lightweight · 155 lbs | MMA

Mmaweekly large Jeremy "Lil' Heathen" Stephens
Rafael dos Anjos

Round 3

Jeremy Stephens Rafael dos Anjos

"Lil' Heathen" "RDA"

15-3-0   Pro Record At Fight   11-2-0
Climbed to 16-3   Record After Fight   Fell to 11-3
-151 (Slight Favorite)   Betting Odds   +136 (Slight Underdog)
Us United States   Nationality   Br Brazil
San Diego, California   Fighting out of   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
22 years, 5 months, 6 days   Age at Fight   24 years, 6 days
155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs)
5'9" (176cm)   Height   5'8" (173cm)
71.0" (180cm)   Reach   70.0" (178cm)
Alliance MMA   Gym   Kings MMA
UFC 91
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 91: Couture vs Lesnar
  • Date: Saturday 11.15.2008
  • Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
  • Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Preliminary Card (fight 3 of 9)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Dark Bout, Shown on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Stephens Total Disclosed Pay: $76,000
  • dos Anjos Total Disclosed Pay: $4,000
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Stephens vs. dos Anjos Wiki Update Wiki

One of the oft-repeated sayings in MMA is that “styles make fights.” Every once in a while—rarer now than in the past—two competitors enter the cage with such dichotomous martial arts bases that it truly becomes a matter of one fighter getting off first. The UFC 91 lightweight war between Jeremy Stephens and Raphael dos Anjos was such a matchup, a classic case of striker vs. grappler, both brimming with athleticism and stamina.

Heading into their preliminary card battle, Stephens and dos Anjos were lined up at near even betting odds. Dos Anjos, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, would look to take the fight to the ground and submit his opponent. Stephens, one of the more powerful strikers in the division, would look to keep the fight standing in search of a knockout.

Through two rounds of action, dos Anjos continuously pushed the pace and brought Stephens into his realm. While many fans would have expected the young striker to wilt under the pressure, Stephens maintained his composure in some dire spots and gave almost as good as he got. At the end of the second round, Stephens managed to survive an extremely close Armbar attempt from the wiry Brazilian.

Just 39 seconds into the third round, Stephens’s patience and perseverance finally paid off. As an increasingly exhausted dos Anjos backed himself toward the fence, Stephens threw every ounce of his being into a giant uppercut that sailed right through dos Anjos’s open arms and collided flush with his chin. The result was one of the most brutal knockouts in the history of the sport.

With the victory, Stephens did not necessarily prove that he was one of the most well rounded fighters in the division, but he did demonstrate that he carries knockout power through each and every round of action.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:27 PM ET
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