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Jeremy Stephens scored a hellacious knockout over Josh Emmett in his first FOX-broadcasted main event, but unfortunately for him, the conversation after UFC on FOX 28 centered mostly around the controversial manner in which the fight ended.

After dropping Emmett with a blistering left hook, Stephens appeared to potentially hit his grounded foe with an illegal knee to the head en route to securing a second-round stoppage. Replay showed that Emmett had one knee on the mat at the time of the strike, which would make Emmett a grounded opponent and would make a knee to the head illegal, regardless of which version of the unified rules of MMA is in effect.

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Daniel Cormier and Dominick Cruz are two of the best fighters on the planet. And there aren’t many people around who would fare well in arguments with them, either.

On Saturday night, the two analysts went head to head on the UFC on FOX 28 post-fight show on FS1 over the controversial finish to the card’s main event between Jeremy Stephens and Josh Emmett.

Stephens appeared to land an illegal knee in the finishing sequence, leading to a second-round knockout. There were also two elbows that Stephens threw that landed to the back of Emmett’s head that could have been ruled illegal blows. But referee Dan Miragliotta did not react to the potential fouls in the moment, and the Florida State Boxing Commission does not allow a review via instant replay.

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If you tuned in right at the end there for Saturday night’s UFC card on FOX, you might have thought, “well, would you look at that, Jeremy Stephens is on his knees begging for his title shot, he must have kicked some ass!” And he did. He kicked some serious ass. Yet if you tuned in just moments earlier, you’d know he also knee’d some temple while Josh Emmett was down, and elbowed Emmett right in the forbidden area behind his ears, the kind of messy context that makes even the sweetest GSP impressions look funny.

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On Feb. 11, after stepping on a scale at Perth Arena in a second attempt to hit the middleweight title limit of 185 pounds, Yoel Romero surprisingly missed.

The betting line, which had opened favoring Romero but was fast trending in his opponent Luke Rockhold’s direction, inched further that way, eventually closing firmly in favor of the American. We all know what happened next, a crushing knockout for Romero, who is now on his way to fighting Robert Whittaker for the undisputed belt despite failing to hit championship weight. Still, the 2.7-pound gaffe reopened questions of the effects of missing weight on both opponents. Does it help or hurt one side more than the other? Most evidence — like Romero’s win — has been anecdotal, but we decided to look a little closer at historical results.

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Conor McGregor wants to make one thing very clear: He will absolutely fight again. And he wanted to do it sooner than you think.

The UFC lightweight champion wrote Thursday on Instagram that he offered to fight Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 on March 3 when Max Holloway pulled out of the scheduled featherweight title fight, but the UFC said “there wasn’t enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need.”

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