92.0
TKO (Punches)
4:19
      These guys both came out swangin' and bangin', the first round was filled with some wild back & forth action, Stephens rocked the shit out of Aldo, it looked like he was going to finish him off with some strikes against the fence, and then Aldo said fuck that shit, and started firing back, he hurt Stephens, and they both unloaded on each other, until Aldo eventually blasted Stephens with a brutal body shot that put him down, Aldo jumped on him, unloaded with some big punches on the ground, Stephens tried to curl up to defend himself, but the liver shot clearly had him hurt, and he wasn't able to recover fast enough for the referee, so the fight was stopped late in the first round. That was a huge win for Jose Aldo, and possibly a career saving victory.
90.7
KO (Punches)
6:35
      The first round had both guys throwing a lot of power punches at each other, while bouncing around, with a lot of footwork & offense. Stephens blasted Emmett with some clean punches, and they didn't seem to phase him at all. Emmett then fired back, and dropped Stephens with a minute left in the round, and then he started pounding on him with punches & elbows, but Stephens was able to scramble back to his feet a few seconds later. Round one goes to Emmett, based mostly on that knockdown.
      The second round had both guys trading strikes at a decent pace, and then Stephens dropped Emmett 90 seconds into the round, he blasted him with some shots on the ground, including an illegal knee, the referee ignored it, so Stephens laid into him with some big punches, and bounced Emmett's head off the canvas, finishing the fight with a second round knockout. That was a really solid win for Jeremy Stephens.
90.8
TKO (Punches & Elbows)
7:36
      The first round had both guys trading hard strikes. Stephens was mostly throwing big punches, but Choi did a good job controlling the distance, he also landed some clean elbows, and some hard leg kicks. That first round was close, but I'm scoring it slightly in favo of Doo Ho Choi.
      Choi started the second round with a kick to the jaw of Stephens, so Stephens fired back with a hard kick of his own, they both unloaded on each other, and they both got rocked a little bit, but that didn't stop them from coming forward at each other. Stephens landed with a few clean jabs that bloodied the nose area of Choi, and it seemed to really bother him, because he immediately started to back up. Stephens then dropped him with a big punch, and then unloaded with some diving elbows on the ground, forcing the referee to step in to stop the fight. That was a huge win for Jeremy Stephens, and a disappointing return for Choi, as he gets his second loss in a row, after a 13 month layoff.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      The first round had both guys circling around each other, trading some decent punches, at a similar pace. Stephens CRUSHED Melendez's lead leg with kicks though, and it looked like he might have even broken his leg. Melendez fell down with around 90 seconds left in the round, as he was barely able to walk anymore. Stephens unloaded on him, but Melendez was able to power his way through the damage, even though it LOOKED like his shin was nearly poking through his skin. Round one has to go to Stephens, based mostly on the damage done to Melendez's leg. He dropped Melendez again with 30 seconds left, with another leg kick, and he finished the round with some big punches on the ground. I'm scoring that round 10-8 for Stephens. Before the second round started, the referee called a timeout to have the doctor check on Melendez's leg.
     Melendez came out swinging to start the second round, but Stephens worked his counters, and went back to kicking Melendez's legs. Melendez landed with a few hard straight punches, but for the most part, Stephens was still landing the harder shots. Stephens dropped Melendez again halfway through the round with another hard kick to his shin. Melendez landed some really clean punches in that round, but that has to be another 10-9 round for Stephens. I have Stephens ahead 20-17 going into the final round. Stephens dropped Melendez AGAIN with 15 seconds left, with another hard leg kick. Fuck it, I'm going to say Stephens is ahead 20-16, going into the final round. Melendez's leg is fucking jacked. I'm starting to feel really bad for him.
     At the start of the third round, the referee told Melendez that he will stop the fight if Melendez keeps dropping from those leg kicks. Stephens continued to pick apart Melendez with clean boxing, and some heavy kicks in the final round, including one kick to the body early in the round that would have killed most humans. I have no idea why Melendez didn't try for any takedowns, as he was barely able to stand, as both of his legs were chopped into pieces from those leg kicks. Stephens dropped Melendez with 2 minutes left in the fight, and Melendez rolled backward, and stood up, proving he wanted to continue, and Stephens asked the crowd to applaud for him, showing some clear respect for Melendez's toughness. Stephens dropped him again with another CRACKING leg kick with 40 seconds left in the final round. In the end, I'm scoring this fight 30-24 for Jeremy Stephens. Melendez deserves some credit for going the distance, but his legs seem to have caused him big problems in his last couple of fights, especially his last fight with Edson Barboza. Now that people have seen he has a clear weakness there, and he's on a 4-Fight losing streak, I'm not sure where Melendez goes from here to be honest.
86.9
Decision (Split)
15:00
      Carneiro circled around the outside, while chewing up the lead leg of Stephens with hard leg kicks. Stephens was trying to setup some sort of big punches, but he was having trouble with the range of Carneiro. I feel like we're almost watching Big Country vs. Volkov again. Carneiro scored a takedown with 90 seconds left in the opening round, and landed inside the guard of Stephens, where he was able to hit him with some short shots. Stephens tried to crank on a Kimura from half guard, but it just turned into a stalemate as Carneiro grabbed his own shorts. Round one probably goes to Renato Carneiro.
     The second round was a pretty competitive striking match, with Carneiro basically running away, while Stephens was throwing bombs at him, JUST outside of range. I'm not a fan of Mayweather, so for that reason, I'm hoping Stephens knocks out Carneiro in the final round, since Carneiro is PROBABLY winning this fight, but I feel like he's being a little TOO evasive, without dealing enough legit offense.
     The final round started with Carneiro getting the body lock takedown, which landed him inside the guard of Stephens in the center of the cage. Stephens stood back up one minute into the round. The rest of the round had Carneiro running away, while Stephens chased him, swinging wildly, without connecting at all. Carneiro had a few decent counter punches, and threw some nice leg kicks, but I have to admit, I want nothing more than for Stephens to win this fight, since Carneiro is barely even fighting at all, he's just running. If aggressiveness has anything to do with winning, Stephens has this one in the bag. If it's all about being evasive, and not getting hit, then Carneiro wins. Two judges apparently like watching people run around in circles, so they gave the split-decision victory to Renato Carneiro.
91.7
Decision
15:00
      Stephens looks like he's twice Edgar's size. They traded strikes to start the fight, with Edgar being a little too fast for Stephens. Edgar then shot for a takedown halfway through the round, pressing Stephens into the fence, but Stephens did a good job staying on his feet for the most part. Edgar dumped him to the ground a couple of times, but Stephens was able to pop right back up immediately both times. Stephens finally broke free by throwing a knee from the clinch with 90 seconds left in the round. Round one goes to Edgar.
     The second round started with Edgar punching Stephens in the dick. When the fight started back up, Edgar continued to work around the outside while picking apart Stephens with his fast punches & kicks. Edgar sort of took down Stephens again one minute into the round, but Stephens got up again, so Edgar slammed the shit out of him, but Stephens got up AGAIN. Stephens is looking tired, and we're only 2 minutes into the second round. Stephens randomly kicked Edgar in the head halfway through the round, dropped him, followed it up with a big knee, and Edgar went back to looking for a takedown. We're halfway through the round, and Edgar is still having trouble standing up without falling over. Stephens is clearly stalking him looking for the finish. I have no idea why Stephens isn't going in for the kill though, he's just picking him apart with a couple of punches here & there. Edgar shot in for a slick takedown with one minute left in the round, slapped on a guillotine choke, mounted Stephens, they continued to scramble around, and Edgar switched to ground & pound with 30 seconds left in the round. Edgar beat the shit out of Stephens in those final 30 seconds, and he MIGHT have done enough to steal the round. That round is probably a draw I guess? I'm scoring it for Edgar, because he finished the round in control, and nearly finished Stephens at the end, but it's hard to ignore that head kick from Stephens. This fight is fucking awesome!!!
     Stephens threw a lazy kick, and Edgar took him down 45 seconds into the final round. Stephens went for a decent Kimura from the bottom, but Edgar escaped that and passed to back control two minutes into the final round. Stephens stood back up, and Edgar threw him back down again. They reset back in the center of the cage with half a round left on the clock. Stephens was stalking Edgar for the last half of the round, throwing big punches, but Edgar did a good job keeping his distance while picking apart Stephens with his counters. This fight could go either way to be honest, but I scored it 30-27 for Frankie Edgar, especially since the fight is in New York, you have to assume that he'll be the favorite. BUT... Stephens nearly knocked him out in the second round, and had to chase him for the last half of the final round, so I wouldn't be shocked if someone scores the fight 29-28 for Stephens. All 3 judges gave the fight to Edgar for the unanimous decision victory. This card is fucking awesome so far.
90.3
Decision
15:00
      The first round had Barao working his speed, looking crisp on the feet, landing some really hard punches, moving in & out, and avoiding most of the damage that Stephens was trying to throw at him. Barao looks good in his 145 debut. I kind of wish he would have moved to 145 sooner, but I have to admit, Stephens looks significantly bigger than Barao, so... STILL, round one goes to Barao, especially since he not only outstruck Stephens, but he also controlled him with a little bit of grappling.
     Stephens rocked the shit out of Barao pretty early in the second round, and he continued to beat his ass for several minutes with hard punches, as Barao was moving backward, and Stephens was connecting with massive uppercuts. They clinched for a while, and both tried to catch their breath. They traded punches for a little while in the last half of the round, Barao secured a takedown at the end of the round, but Stephens got back up before the buzzer sounded. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The first 90 seconds of the final round had Barao picking apart Stephens again for the most part, but then he shot in for a takedown, Stephens stuffed it, and they clinched for a few seconds. They traded a few more punches, and then Barao took down Stephens with 2 minutes left in the fight. Barao tried to take his back, but Stephens stood back up, and they clinched. They reset in the center with one minute left in the fight. The fight ended in a 20 seconds brawl. This fight could definitely go either way, but I scored it 29-28 in favor of Renan Barao. All 3 judges disagreed, and gave the fight to Jeremy Stephens by unanimous decision.
90.4
Decision
15:00
      I was REALLY excited about this fight going into it, but after the first two rounds, I slowly started to lose interest. Both guys landed a few decent shots, but for the most part, it was a clinch fest, without much damage being delivered in either direction. Holloway seemed to be landing more, and Stephens seemed to be pressuring more from the clinch. I wanted Holloway to win, so I guess I scored the first two rounds for Holloway, but I wouldn't argue too much if anyone gave either round to Stephens. Max Holloway secured a takedown in the first minute of the final round, and from there he punched Stephens in the face a lot. Holloway eventually wrapped his way around onto the back of Stephens, where he went for a rear-naked choke, but after a minute or so, Stephens was able to escape and fight his way back to his feet. They threw a few strikes, and Stephens shot in for a takedown, but Holloway popped right back up. They were both swinging for the fences in the final 20 seconds. Solid fight overall, and I'm a little disappointed that Holloway didn't get the finish, but it was still a good fight, and a solid 30-27 win for Holloway on all scorecards, except one judge gave one round to Stephens.
92.5
TKO (Flying Knee & Punches)
10:32
      HOLY SHIT! That was fucking awesome. I kind of wanted Bermudez to win this fight, mostly because Stephens missed weight by 4 pounds, which is sort of irritating, but holy shit, this was a hard fought victory. There was an accidental headbutt in the first round, that cut the right eye of Stephens, causing blood to go EVERYWHERE for the rest of the fight. They both rocked each other with brutal punches, on several occasions, and I ended up giving the first round to Bermudez, for having similar striking to Stephens, and superior grappling. The second round goes to Stephens, for nearly finishing Bermudez multiple times. The third round started up, and Bermudez shot in for a takedown (sort of, he was ABOUT to anyway), and Stephens landed a PERFECT flying knee, followed by some brutal punches on the ground, finishing the fight. Awesome highlight reel actions in this fight by both guys. Fucking amazing fight!
90.9
Decision
15:00
      BOOM! Fight of the night right here! Charles Oliveira as usual, was fucking insane, throwing wild strikes, and incredible submissions for the first two rounds, so in my opinion he was the pretty clear winner. The REALLY crazy thing though, was how Jeremy Stephens escaped 100 submission attempts by one of the best submission fighters in the UFC. Not to mention, Stephens never stopped coming forward, he continued to beat Oliveira's ass all the way until the bell rang, so... This was one hell of a fight by both fighters, but congrats to Oliveira for a hard fought unanimous decision victory.
90.4
Decision
25:00
      This was a pretty good fight. A couple of guys battling right around the Top 5 rankings at 145, so this was a pretty big win for Cub Swanson, giving him a 6-Fight winning streak, which is pretty huge. So yeah, this was a long fight, went the full 25 minutes, I gave the second round to Jeremy Stephens, but the rest of the fight pretty much consisted of Swanson beating him up on the feet. So yeah, great win, and uh... I would have liked to see a finish, but I'm fine with the decision I guess. So yeah, Cub Swanson vs. Jose Aldo sounds pretty good to me, assuming Aldo beats Mendes.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight, with Jeremy Stephens pretty much dominating the first two rounds with his takedown defense & crisp striking. The third round looked like it was going to be more of the same, until the very end, when Elkins was finally able to get Stephens on the ground, where he locked on sort of a guillotine choke from side mount or something, it didn't really come anywhere close to finishing the fight, but I think it was enough to lean the third round in favor of Elkins. In the end, I gave the fight to Jeremy Stephens, 29-28, and for the most part the judges agreed.
91.1
KO (Head Kick)
0:40
      BOOM! This was pretty awesome. After watching Stephens beat the bloody shit out of Estevan Payan for 15 minutes back at UFC 160, without being able to finish the fight, I wasn't really sure what to expect here, especially since I consider Rony to be a Top 10 Fighter in this weight class, but BAAAAAAAAM, in 40 seconds, Stephens landed a HUGE kick to the head, Rony fell like a sack of bricks, Stephens launched a diving punch that crushed Rony's head between his fist & the cage, and that's all she wrote. Jeremy Stephens looked awesome in this fight!
87.1
Decision
15:00
     This fight was mostly just gross. Stephens cut Payan open early with a big elbow on the ground, and from that point forward, LITERALLY, pools of blood started filling the octagon. Payan had absolutely NOTHING to show for his training, and Stephens basically just bullied him for the entire 3 round fight, winning all 3 rounds, not really getting touched at all, and Payan looked like his face had been hit with a sandblaster by the end of the fight. That shit was gross. Welcome to 145 Jeremy Stephens.
90.0
KO (Punches & Elbows)
1:55
      I was looking forward to this fight, because both guys have some pretty crazy skills at times. With that being said, the first 1:30 of the fight was somewhat uneventful. The next few seconds left Yves with an opening to punch Stephens in the face, he knocked him to the ground, he pounced on him, punched him several times, and finished him with elbows. Great show by Yves Edwards, I still feel like he's far from being relevant in the 155 division though. Jeremy Stephens on the other hand, disappointed me with his lackluster return.
92.8
Decision
15:00
      This was a badass fight! The first round started out pretty close, so I wasn't really sure what to expect, but all of the sudden, Donald Cerrone started hopping around the octagon, and then spent the next 12 minutes or so kicking the shit out of Jeremy Stephens, great boxing, AMAZING kicks, cool elbows, great footwork, Donald Cerrone is a badass. The judges gave him the unanimous decision victory, which was an obvious choice after the 3 round beating that Stephens received.
89.2
Decision (Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty badass fight. I've always known Pettis had great striking skills, but his grappling skills in this fight were pretty amazing. Stephens is a hard striker, and he has really good wrestling, but Pettis kicked the shit out of him all 3 rounds, Pettis took him down and controlled him in every round (Stephens had a couple of good takedowns in the first round though). In the end, I gave all 3 rounds to Anthony Pettis. To be honest, I'm not sure what the judges were thinking with a split-decision. Either way, great fight, and great first UFC win for Anthony Pettis.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      This was one of those awkward bully fights, where Stephens basically just beat the shit out of Downes for the entire 15 minute fight, so I think a lot of people felt sorry for Downes in this one, but he's tough as hell, because most people wouldn't have stayed in there that long. In the second round, he locked on a Kimura that LITERALLY looked like it was removing his arm from his body, I have no idea how he didn't tap to that, and then in the third round, he finished it with a rear-naked choke (but Downes was saved by the bell). So yeah, ass kicking all day long. Stephens looked awesome, as usually, and Downes had a ROUGH debut.
90.2
KO (Punch)
12:33
      BOOM! I gave the first two rounds to Marcus Davis, for taking Stephens to the ground, and beating him up a little bit here & there. It was a pretty close fight, not a lot of damage being delivered in either direction, but about halfway through the third round, Stephens connected with a big punch, Davis hit the ground like a sack of bricks, Stephens launched a diving punch to the head of Davis to seal the deal, and he walks away with a beautiful knock out victory. This was a really good win for Jeremy Stephens, and a hell of a comeback.
88.3
Decision (Split)
15:00
      Well, this was one of those fights that should have been one of the most exciting things to ever happen in the octagon, both guys are explosive, both guys are great strikers, and SOMEBODY should have been knocked out. The problem is, they just treated this fight like a sparring session, and I didn't think either fighter lived up to their reputation. So yeah, I gave the fight to Jeremy Stephens, 2 of the judges disagreed and gave it to Guillard, so Guillard is your winner.
89.4
Decision (Split)
15:00
      You'll never guess what just happened! Sam Stout went all 3 rounds, to a decision, again!!! I gave the first round to Jeremy Stephens, he was kicking some ass in that first round. The second round was harder to judge, but I gave it slightly to Sam Stout. The third round was pretty back & forth, but Stout buckled Stephens with a leg kick, and basically kicked his ass for a minute or so, so in the end, I gave the third round to Stout as well. OVERALL, I scored the fight a draw, but if we used the unified rules "scorecard" or whatever, then I guess I gave the fight to Stout, 29-28. Unfortunately for my scorecard, Stephens wins via unanimous decision. On the plus side, I actually like Stephens more, so I was cool with him winning... but yeah... how about we finish a fight for once, Mr. Stout!?!
93.8
TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
3:32
      OH MY FUCKING FUCK! HOLY FUCK! At first, I thought this fight was stopped prematurely, but after seeing the cut on Justin's forehead, I almost puked. OH MY FUCKING FUCK FUCK. He had a gash that went from the top of his nose, all the way up to the top of his forehead, above his eye, he was super fucked up. (But still wanted to fight, so he's tough as shit). Buchholz looked awesome in this fight, with really fast & crisp striking skills. Stephens was from another planet though, his boxing was on point, beating the fuck out of Justin's face, and eventually, he chopped his forehead in half with a brutal knee. This fight was brutal, awesome, and amazing. HOLY FUCKING FUCK.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      Jeremy Stephens did a decent job while standing, throwing punches & knees, trying to finish the fight, but ultimately, Gleison Tibau was WAY too big & strong for him, taking him down in every round, and controlling the vast majority of the fight, leaving Tibau with the unanimous decision victory. Decent fight, but there was a lot of smothering going on, and not a lot of actual finishing.
92.5
Submission (Armbar)
9:43
      This fight was pretty great. The first round had Lauzon taking Stephens to the ground (sort of pulled guard), and he went for a leglock, followed by a whole bunch of crazy shit. Lauzon dominated the first half of the first round, but Stephens came back near the end of the first round with a big slam & some heavy ground & pound. The second round had Stephens showing some excellent striking (albeit a bit chaotic), but Lauzon got it to the ground again, and he was able to control most of the ground game eventually locking on an AMAZING armbar for the submission victory in the second round. Great fight by both fighters.
92.2
KO (Punches)
10:39
      This was a really good fight. The fight started with both guys standing & striking, eventually leading to Anjos slamming Stephens to the ground. Once they were on the ground, Dos Anjos displayed some excellent Jiu-Jitsu, transitioning into some sort of omoplata-crusifix move, but Stephens was saved by the bell. Round One goes to Anjos. Round 2 leaned more in favor of Jeremy Stephens, where he was able to display a bit of a ground game himself, while pounding away at the face of Anjos with some solid elbows. The third round was BRUTAL!!! Within the first minute, Stephens threw the most brutal uppercut ever recorded on tape, and knocked Anjos the fuck out. KNOCK OUT! AMAZING! BRUTAL! Jeremy Stephens has a huge heart, and Anjos is a bad ass too (even though he got knocked the fuck out).
88.3
Decision
15:00
      This was another decent fight, but I'm ready to see somebody get finished!!! COME ON DIEGO!!! (for the next fight)... Anyways, both of these guys put up decent fights, but Spencer Fisher won all 3 rounds in my opinion, pretty much controlling the fight the entire time, taking Stephens to the ground multiple times, and controlling on the feet... Near the end of the third round, Stephens knew he had to do something special to win, so he locked on a guillotine choke and squeezed as hard as he could, but Fisher hung in there, and won via unanimous decision...
91.4
TKO (Punches & Elbows)
9:44
      Man, it kind of sucks that this fight wasn't on the main card, it was easily one of the better fights of the night... The fight started with both fighters trying to strike with each other, but after Miller got rocked a few times, he decided to shoot for the takedown, he had zero success with that, and Stephens ended up taking him down instead... Once the fight hit the ground, Miller went for all kinds of crazy submissions, including a D'Arce choke, a few armbars, a wacky inverted triangle choke, a kimura, a heelhook, etc... He just unleashed a barrage of submission attempts, but Stephens was able to escape all of them without TOO much difficulty... The fight ended late in the second round, when Stephens got the dominant position, and started raining down heavy elbows that busted Miller's face up like a balloon full of chicken guts... Don't ask me... The point is, Jeremy Stephens was VERY impressive in this fight, Cole Miller was also very impressive, but once he got that big cut above his eye from one of Jeremy's elbows, Cole Miller just wasn't able to stay in the fight, and the referee was forced to stop the fight due to strikes... Great fight...
89.5
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty decent fight, albeit a bit one sided... The entire fight basically consisted of Jeremy Stephens out-striking Saraiva, both on the feet & on the ground... Stephens has some great striking ability in his hands, his elbows on the ground are heavy, his kicks while standing have a great snap to them, etc... Stephens basically beat Saraiva's ass for 3 rounds... Saraiva's only real offense, was his ability to pull guard... To be fair, if he wants to pull guard on you, he'll probably succeed, but one the fight hits the ground, other than being able to smother you, Saraiva doesn't look like his offense is all that dangerous... Jeremy Stephens wins by unanimous decision...
94.1
Submission (Armbar)
7:44
      This fight was AMAZING!!! I thought the Parisyan vs. Burkman fight was the bomb, but I think that the Thomas vs. Stephens fight may have taken the cake tonight... The first round started with Din Thomas showing some solid boxing skills, then he took Stephens to the ground... Once they were on the ground, Thomas wrestled around until he got on the back of Stephens, and basically locked on a rear-naked choke, but Stephens just would not tap... Eventually, Stephens escaped, and once he stood up, he fuckin' DESTROYED Thomas with some of the craziest ground & pound, and standup striking that I've ever seen... Stephens went fuckin' bonkers!!! But then the round was over... During the second round, they were both boxing for a while, then the fight went back to the ground, this time Stephens ended up on top, but then Thomas locked on an armbar, and the referee stopped the fight... But Stephens did not tap!!! So it ended with a bit of controversy, but basically it comes down to either, the referee stops the fight, or else Stephens leaves with a broken arm... So yeah, GREAT fight, good stoppage (even though I think Stephens might have been able to escape if he could have rolled over onto his stomach), but yeah, just all around great fight... This will be one that will get a lot of discussion from MMA fans during the next week or so...