Published: Mon, February 26, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Stephens defeats Emmett in brutal knock out

Stephens defeats Emmett in brutal knock out

Josh Emmett is planning to appeal his controversial loss to Jeremy Stephens at UFC on Fox 28.

Additionally, and probably more concerning, one of Stephens' elbows connected viciously straight on the back of Emmett's head during the ground and pound moments before the finish. It appears that the knee made minor contact with Emmett's head, but the impact seemingly had little significance.

Stephens did comment on the controversy afterwards, even saying that referee Dan Miragliotta said the supposed illegal strikes where legal.

While it is most certainly the job of the referee to call a stop to the action after illegal strikes have been thrown, some responsibility has to fall on the fighter to follow the rules set out by the commission. "That's okay.' So if he's on his knees and one hand is up, it's okay to throw a knee", Stephens said Saturday on the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show. I never have been, my whole life. I saw an opportunity, I was looking for it. I threw a knee. He was even rocked before that. But he did lift his hands and I waited for that hand, and I tried to take advantage of that opportunity. "I'm not a dirty fighter".

Emmett and Team Alpha Male are reportedly going to appeal this, so, it's going to be really interesting to see what comes out of this.

After the bout, Stephens defended his attack, claiming that Miragliotta had informed him that his actions were within the boundaries of the new unified rules of MMA, which have been adopted in Florida. That was a knee to the back of the head.

Though Emmett came into the fight with just 4 KO/TKO wins on his 14-fight pro ledger, just one of which came inside the UFC octagon, his punching power was highly touted by the promotion in the wake of his sensational one-punch knockout win over perennial featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas in December. Worse, Stephens subsequently connected with a knee to the downed fighter, which while grazing, also appeared illegal.

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