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Sam Alvey wants to split glory, money with Gian Villante after soul-crushing UFC on FOX 28 win

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Sam Alvey was fed up with decisions, a conviction he showed with a first-round knockout of Marcin Prachnio at UFC on FOX 28 in on Saturday night.

After seeing his last five fights go the distance, Alvey (32-10 MMA, 9-5 UFC) said he vowed to “turn over a new leaf,” and knockouts are his preferred method of finishing, as he demonstrated with a clean right hook to Prachnio’s chin.

“I always tease my teammates that knocking people out is so much better than a submission,” Alvey told MMAjunkie. “You just make contact, and you feel part of their soul say, ‘Not today.’ It was just on the money, and I knew the fight was over.”

So why did Alvey follow up that win with a callout of Gian Villante? Simple, he explained. It’s because he likes the guy, so why not try to fight him?

“He’s awesome,” Alvey said. “I met him once or twice before, and the dude’s a blast. I would have so much fun sharing a cage with him. Buy him a beer afterwards. Hell, he might be one I could buy a beer beforehand too. I would love to share a cage with him. He hits hard. I know I hit harder. It’d be a fun time to see who hits the hardest.”

As for why he prefers to call for fights with people he likes rather than rivals he hates, Alvey said it’s just a matter of how he views the benefits and rewards of the fight game.

“Win or lose, I’m going to make some money,” Alvey said. “Win or lose, he’s going to make some money. Why would I want to help the guys I don’t like make some money? I want to help my friends. I want my friends to share in the glory with me. Win or lose, we just did something that people on this planet don’t get to do very often, and I would be honored to share a spotlight with him.”

To hear more from Alvey, check watch the video above,

And for complete covearge of UFC on FOX 28, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Max Griffin surprised almost everyone but himself with dominant win over Mike Perry

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Very few people beyond Max Griffin thought he’d be hanging around after UFC on FOX 28 to talk to the media about the biggest win of his career.

Griffin (14-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) may have been coming off a “Fight of the Night” performance in a loss, but he was taking on Mike Perry (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in Perry’s Central Florida backyard. And it was a Perry itching to get his hand raised again after suffering a loss, himself.

It made sense Griffin was a 3-1 underdog against the hard-hitting Perry … to everyone but Griffin, it seemed.

“I told you guys,” Griffin told MMAjunkie. “I did an interview with you guys earlier in the week, and I told you guys what I was going to do. He’s a good fighter, but he’s so predictable. He fights with his motion. He’s so obvious with what he’s doing, and he did exactly what we thought he was going to do. The only thing that was a little bit different was how hard of a head he had. I kind of busted my hand hitting him. I hit him with some shots … and he was just still there.”

Griffin’s unanimous decision win against Perry opened up the main card of UFC on FOX 28, which took place at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. The card aired on FOX following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Griffin had Perry bleeding from above his left eye in the first minute of the fight. Not only did that give him confidence, especially as the bleeding worsened throughout the 15 minutes, but he believes it worked against his opponent.

“When you’re bleeding that early and see your own blood, it kind of takes something out of you,” Griffin said. “I talked to the doctor (after the fight), and he said he had nine cuts and he lost count of the stitches. His face was like hamburger. It was bloody, and it felt great.”

In his first four fights in the UFC, Perry now has been in there against two of the welterweight division’s most talked-about fighters, both for their skills in the cage and their personas outside of it.

In his promotional debut, Griffin lost by second-round TKO to Colby Covington in August 2016. His next fight out, he stopped Erick Montano in just 54 seconds in enemy territory in Mexico. But this past October, after 11 months on the sideline, he lost a decision to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos – again in enemy territory in Brazil.

So going into Orlando, where Perry is based, probably didn’t seem that big of a deal.

“My coach, Dave Marinoble, told me to be relaxed: ‘Stay relaxed – be you,'” Griffin said. “The UFC hasn’t really seen what I can do, and I feel like they’ve seen a little bit more (now) what I can (do). I have a lot to do here. I’ve been doing this since I was 4 years old, and I knew I was better than him at everything. So I beat him everywhere, stuck to the game plan, and he fell right into it. He was the bull, I was the matador.”

It likely will be hard for Perry to be overlooked now, even if he is just 2-2 in the UFC. He said his current contract was up after Saturday’s fight, so now will be hoping for a new deal. By beating one of the division’s most talked-about knockout artists, he certainly couldn’t have hurt his cause.

“My goal in 2018 was to be ranked,” he said. “That was it. I just feel blessed to be able to go out and do what I know I can do. … To be able to execute, I thank God for letting me be calm in the face of battle, be calm in the face of danger. I love Orlando, but (the fans) didn’t like me too much. It’s part of the fight, but I hope I gained some fans. I’m a fighter. I think I’m on the way.”

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 28, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC on FOX 28 Athlete Outfitting pay: Jeremy Stephens paces pack in 28th UFC bout

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC on FOX 28 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $175,500.

UFC on FOX 28 took place at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. The card aired on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was featherweight headliner Jeremy Stephens (28-14 MMA, 15-13 UFC), who fought in his 28th bout with the promotion. He earned the maximum non-title payout of $20,000 for having 21 or more fights under the program’s structure. He knocked out Josh Emmett in the second round.

Ovince Saint Preux (22-11 MMA, 10-6 UFC) and Rani Yahya (25-9 MMA, 10-3 UFC) each picked up $15,000. Saint Preux’s total includes three fights under the Strikeforce banner. Yahya’s total includes seven bouts in the WEC. Saint Preux was choked out on the main card; Yahya won his fight on the prelims by submission.

The full UFC on FOX 28 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Jeremy Stephens: $20,000
def. Josh Emmett: $5,000

Jessica Andrade: $10,000
def. Tecia Torres: $5,000

Ilir Latifi: $5,000
def. Ovince Saint Preux: $15,000

Max Griffin: $5,000
def. Mike Perry: $5,000

Brian Kelleher: $5,000
def. Renan Barao: $10,000

Marion Reneau: $5,000
def. Sara McMann: $5,000

Angela Hill: $5,000
def. Maryna Moroz: $5,000

Alan Jouban: $10,000
def. Ben Saunders: $10,000

Sam Alvey: $10,000
def. Marcin Prachnio: $3,500

Rani Yahya: $15,000
def. Russell Doane: $5,000

Alex Perez: $3,500
def. Eric Shelton: $5,000

Manny Bermudez: $3,500
def. Albert Morales $5,000

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-3 bouts receive $3,500 per appearance; 4-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2018 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $1,193,500
2017 total: $6,295,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $17,811,500

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 28, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC on FOX 28, including Britney Spears – which is amazing

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While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC on FOX 28 event in Orlando went with as their backing tracks.

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Jeremy Stephens def. Josh Emmett via knockout (strikes) – Round 2, 1:35

Jeremy Stephens: “What Up Gangsta” by 50 Cent

Josh Emmett: “Sky is the Limit” by Rebelution

Jessica Andrade def. Tecia Torres via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Tecia Torres: “Circus” by Britney Spears

Ilir Latifi def. Ovince Saint Preux via technical submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:48

Ilir Latifi: “Gonna Fly Now” (theme from “Rocky”) by Bill Conti

Max Griffin def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-27)

Max Griffin: “Motivation” by T.I.

Mike Perry: “Put On” by Young Jeezy with Kanye West

Brian Kelleher def. Renan Barao via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Brian Kelleher: “Wins & Losses” by Meek Mill

Marion Reneau def. Sara McMann via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:40

Marion Reneau: “X Rated” by Excision with Messinian

Sara McMann: “Indestructible” by Disturbed

Angela Hill def. Maryna Moroz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Angela Hill: “Skulls” by The Misfits

Maryna Moroz: “BomBom” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis with The Teaching

Alan Jouban def. Ben Saunders via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 2:38

Alan Jouban: “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio

Ben Saunders: “Grew Up a Screw Up” by Ludacris with Young Jeezy

Sam Alvey def. Marcin Prachnio via TKO (punch) – Round 1, 4:23

Sam Alvey: “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train

Marcin Prachnio: “Faint” by Linkin Park

Rani Yahya def. Russell Doane via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 2:32

Rani Yahya: “Prayer for the Four Directions” by David & Steve Gordon

Russell Doane: “Sit Down” by Kevin Gates

Alex Perez def. Eric Shelton via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Eric Shelton: “God’s Plan” by Drake

Alex Perez: “Juicy” by Notorious B.I.G.

Manny Bermudez def. Albert Morales via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 2:33

Manny Bermudez: “Just the Two of Us” by Grover Washington Jr.

Albert Morales: “Last Time That I Checc’d” by Nipsey Hussle with YG

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 28, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Ilir Latifi wants shot at Daniel Cormier, and doesn't care which division it's in

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Ilir Latifi doesn’t quite care whether he’s fighting at light heavyweight or heavyweight. But by all means, he wants a meaningful fight – with some hardware on the line.

Latifi (14-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) on Saturday picked up what he believes is the biggest win of his career when he choked Ovince Saint Preux (22-11 MMA, 10-6 UFC) unconscious at UFC on FOX 28. The victory gave him five wins in his past six fights, and he called for a crack at current 205-pound champion Daniel Cormier.

There’s just one problem with that. Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) is moving up to heavyweight to fight champion Stipe Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) this summer in the UFC 226 main event. So it’s possible Cormier could become heavyweight champ. But the guarantee is that his light heavyweight title will be sitting still for a while till his move up is sorted out.

That’s fine as far as Latifi is concerned. He’ll just fight Cormier at heavyweight, then.

RelatedUFC on FOX 28 video highlights: Ilir Latifi vs. Ovince Saint Preux

“Let’s see what happens,” Latifi told MMAjunkie after his win over Saint Preux. “I have no problem fighting at heavyweight, too. But I want that shot. He’s never fought someone like me – a wrestler, same size, I never get taken down. Let’s put (us) together and see what we’ve got.

“I have mad respect for ‘DC.’ He’s a true champ. He’s a legend, both inside the octagon and outside. But this is business, and this is my opportunity to get my shot. I think we’re going to put up a good fight if it happens soon.”

Latifi was a slight underdog against Saint Preux on Saturday. His finish was good enough for a performance bonus on a fight card that featured seven stoppages in a dozen fights. It was his first bonus in his 10 fights in the UFC.

He also believes it was his biggest win to date, and it’s hard to disagree. While wins over the likes of Sean O’Connell, Gian Villante and Tyson Pedro are fine, beating someone the level of Saint Preux, who was fighting for an interim light heavyweight title less than two years ago, is up a few rungs on the ladder by comparison.

“This was the fight to take it to the next level, and to the title shot, too,” Latifi said. “Before the fight, everybody was talking about this being a possible title-shot contender (fight). I won in the first round and I have five wins in my last six fights, three of them finishes in the first round. I’ve been busy. I’ve been working hard. We’re not all screaming and loud, but some of us fighters, we work hard, even if we’re not screaming and people see us all the time.”

Latifi may not be a screamer, but he hopes his win over Saint Preux does the talking for him. The 34-year-old Swedish fighter splits his training between American Top Team in South Florida and the Allstars Training Center in Sweden, which includes Alexander Gustafsson and Jimi Manuwa – who aren’t a bad couple of light heavyweights to work with.

And that’s part of the reason he had confidence against Saint Preux, even if he was counted out by most people.

“‘OSP’ is a great fighter,” Latifi said. “He’s experienced. He has great fights – he went five rounds against Jon Jones. People don’t forget that. Coming into this fight, I prepared very hard, and I knew it was a tough challenge. I knew people doubted me, but my team didn’t doubt me and I didn’t doubt myself because I knew what was possible. The guys I train with and how we train, there’s nobody that does that.”

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 28, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Orlando: O detalhe de Rani Yahya para você não perder o kata-gatame no Jiu-Jitsu

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Rani investiu forte na chave de cervical antes de concluir a finalização no kata-gatame. Foto: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

O estado da Flórida recebeu nesse sábado, dia 24 de fevereiro, o UFC Orlando, em um dos eventos mais agitados deste 2018. Com 12 lutas, três nocautes, quatro finalizações e apenas cinco combates indo para as mãos dos jurados, o card foi um prato cheio para os fãs de MMA.

Mesmo com a vitória arrasadora de Jeremy Stephens sobre Josh Emmett na luta principal e o domínio de Jéssica Bate-Estaca sobre Tecia Torres na luta coprincipal, com o Jiu-Jitsu em dia e fortes quedas, nosso destaque ficou para a finalização afiada de Rani Yahya.

Campeão do ADCC em 2003, o faixa-preta da Constrictor Team, de Brasília, botou seus anos de experiência no Jiu-Jitsu para trabalhar na luta contra Russell Doane. Depois de dominar os dois primeiros assaltos com o jogo de solo, a terceira etapa sacramentou a vitória brasuca.

Após chamar para a guarda e raspar de gancho, Rani trabalhou a pegada com braço e pescoço para finalizar no kata-gatame. Travado na meia-guarda no lado oposto de finalizar, o faixa-preta espetou o joelho livre além da linha de cintura do oponente, o que facilitou a chegada no outro lado para concluir o arrocho.

Reveja o lance completo no vídeo abaixo e melhore sua conclusão do kata-gatame para o próximo treino!

UFC on Fox 28: Emmett x Stephens
Orlando, Flórida, EUA
24 de fevereiro de 2017

Jeremy Stephens nocauteou Josh Emmett a 1min35s do R2
Jéssica Bate-Estaca venceu Tecia Torres na decisão unânime dos jurados
Ilir Latifi finalizou Ovince St-Preux na guilhotina aos 3min48s do R1
Max Griffin venceu Mike Perry na decisão unânime dos jurados

Card preliminar

Brian Kelleher venceu Renan Barão na decisão unânime dos jurados
Marion Reneau finalizou Sara McMann no triângulo aos 3min40s do R2
Angela Hill venceu Maryna Moroz na decisão unânime dos jurados
Alan Jouban nocauteou Ben Saunders 2min38s do R2
Sam Alvey nocauteou Marcin Prachnio aos 4min23s do R1
Rani Yahya finalizou Russell Doane no katagatame aos 2min32s do R3
Alex Perez venceu Eric Shelton na decisão unânime dos jurados
Manny Bermudez finalizou Albert Morales na guilhotina aos 2min33s do R2

Jeremy Stephens defends knee at UFC on FOX 28, says nothing dirty about it

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Jeremy Stephens finished Josh Emmett in violent fashion on Saturday night in his second straight main event.

But the knockout wasn’t without controversy. Emmett’s side was upset that a knee Stephens threw toward Emmett’s head just before the finish was illegal. A couple elbows to the back of the head prior to that in the heat of an exchange on the ground probably didn’t help.

But referee Dan Miragliotta not only didn’t stop the fight, he told announcer Bruce Buffer afterward that from his vantage point, the knee just missed Emmett’s head.

RelatedUrijah Faber: Dominick Cruz, Michael Bisping 'f*cking blind' to Jeremy Stephens' illegal knee

But Stephens (28-14 MMA, 15-13 UFC) after the fight told MMAjunkie that whether or not he hit Emmett (13-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) with the knee might be moot – because Miragliotta said prior to the fight such a knee would be legal under the new Unified Rules of MMA in effect in Florida.

UFC on FOX 28 took place Saturday at Amway Center in Orlando. The card aired on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

“Dan Miragliotta came in the back (before the fight). He said this state specifically is under the new (unified) rules,” Stephens told MMAjunkie. “He said if two hands are on the ground, you can lift one hand up and throw a knee.”

So armed with that knowledge, Stephens said when he saw the chance to throw the knee, it wasn’t some poorly timed decision. It was flat-out intentional because he believed it to be a legal move based on what Miragliotta said in advance.

RelatedUFC on FOX 28 video highlights: Jeremy Stephens vs. Josh Emmett

“When I rocked him, I waited for an opportunity,” Stephens said. “I was looking for an opportunity to throw the knee – it wasn’t heat of the moment and I’m just throwing stuff, because I’m not a dirty fighter. I never have been. I’m a killer. I looked for the kill, but I do it professionally.

“He did raise his hand up. I threw a knee. I didn’t feel it land. But that’s not what finished him. Dan Miragliotta – if he thought it was illegal, he could’ve stopped the fight. That’s not my job. Under this state, those are the rules. It is what it is. I took advantage of the opportunity. I go for the kill, I train for the finish, that’s what I do.”

Stephens said the win should send a message to UFC President Dana White and the rest of the brass with the promotion. It gave him three straight victories, two in main events, and two straight knockout finishes. The third win came against former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez by decision.

RelatedUFC on FOX 28 bonuses: Jeremy Stephens' violent KO gets him $50,000

A whopping 28 fights into his UFC career, Stephens may be hitting his peak, despite being just two fights over .500 in the promotion.

“What I knew is I wanted to make a statement tonight,” he said. “A lot of guys come in, they get decisions. Dana, he likes (my) style of fighting – he likes people knocking guys out. I fought in January (and) knocked a guy out. I come back five weeks later, knock a guy out.

“That’s a statement. I’m making statements. I don’t talk crap. I make statements. Period.”

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 28, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC on FOX 28 video highlights: Jeremy Stephens vs. Josh Emmett

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Jeremy Stephens finished Josh Emmett in violent fashion, then declared himself the hardest-hitting featherweight in the world. He might be right.

Stephens (28-14 MMA, 15-13 UFC) knocked out Emmett (13-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) with vicious elbows at the 1:35 mark of the second round. It was a comeback of sorts, given Emmett had put him on the canvas in the first. Afterward, Stephens said he wants a title shot at 145 pounds.

The featherweight bout was the main event of today’s UFC on FOX 28 show at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. It aired on FOX following prelims on FOX and UFC Fight Pass.

Watch the highlights in the video above.

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For complete covearge of UFC on FOX 28, check out the UFC Eventssection of the site.

UFC on FOX 28 video highlights: Jessica Andrade vs. Tecia Torres

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In a crucial bout in the women’s 115-pound title picture, Jessica Andrade put herself one step closer to another shot at a championship.

Andrade (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) took a unanimous decision from Tecia Torres (10-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and may have booked a spot against the winner of the rematch between current champion Rose Namajunas and former champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Andrade won with a trio of 30-27 scores.

The women’s strawweight bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC on FOX 28 show at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. It aired on FOX following prelims on FOX and UFC Fight Pass.

Watch the highlights in the video above.

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For complete covearge of UFC on FOX 28, check out the UFC Eventssection of the site.

UFC on FOX 28 video highlights: Ilir Latifi vs. Ovince Saint Preux

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Ilir Latifi took Ovince Saint Preux off his feet with his hands, then took him out of consciousness with a choke.

After choking Saint Preux (22-11 MMA, 10-6 UFC) out cold, Latifi (14-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) said he wanted a fight with current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who next will fight for the heavyweight title to try to become a two-division champ. Latifi’s guillotine choke put Saint Preux at the 3:48 mark of the first round.

The light heavyweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC on FOX 28 event at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. It aired on FOX following prelims on FOX and UFC Fight Pass.

Watch the highlights in the video above.

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For complete covearge of UFC on FOX 28, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

UFC on FOX 28 video highlights: Alan Jouban vs. Ben Saunders

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Alan Jouban and Ben Saunders didn’t want to fight each other. But circumstances dictated it was the move to make for each of them.

The 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu teammates (though not in the same locations) and friends turned in a memorable battle before Jouban (16-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) put Saunders (21-9-2 MMA, 9-6 UFC) out with a second-round knockout. The end came at the 2:38 mark of the middle frame.

The welterweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC on FOX 28 event at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. It aired on FOX following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FOX.

Watch the highlights in the video above.

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For complete covearge of UFC on FOX 28, check out the UFC Eventssection of the site.

UFC on FOX 28 draws reported 10,124 attendance for $1.064 million live gate in Orlando

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Amway Center

ORLANDO, Fla. – Saturday’s UFC on FOX 28 event drew an announced attendance of 10,124 and a live gate of $1,064,303.50.

UFC officials announced the figures following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

UFC on FOX 28 took place Saturday at Amway Center in Orlando. The card aired on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Jeremy Stephens (28-14 MMA, 15-13 UFC) knocked out Josh Emmett (13-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in their featherweight fight, then called for a title shot. It was Stephens’ second headliner in the calendar year so far – and second brutal knockout.

The event was the UFC’s third in Orlando and 11th overall in the state of Florida. The promotion also has made a pair of visits to Tampa on the Gulf coast and six trips to the South Florida areas around Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

UFC on FOX 28 ranked third in attendance among the UFC’s three shows in Orlando, all of which have been FOX-televised events.

  1. UFC on FOX 17: Dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2” – 14,459 attendance ($1,710,000 live gate)
  2. UFC on FOX 11: Werdum vs. Browne” – 14,410 attendance ($1,651,776 live gate)
  3. UFC on FOX 28: Emmett vs. Stephens – 10,124 attendance ($1,064,303.50 live gate)

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 28, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Urijah Faber: Dominick Cruz, Michael Bisping 'f*cking blind' to Jeremy Stephens' illegal knee

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Jeremy Stephens came away with a huge knockout win over Josh Emmett in the UFC on FOX 28 main event, but it wasn’t without controversy.

During the flurry of strikes that led to the finish after Stephens (28-14 MMA, 15-13 UFC) dropped Emmett (13-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) with a left hook, “Lil’ Heathen” got away with a few illegal strikes. Most notably there was a knee to a downed opponent called into question, but Stephens also landed at least one elbow to the back of the head.

The knee, though, seemed to be the main point of contention on Twitter and from UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber, who serves as Emmett’s coach at Team Alpha Male.

Former UFC champions Dominick Cruz and Michael Bisping, who worked as analysts for UFC on FOX 28, believed the knee wasn’t illegal, arguing that it barely landed and had no effect on the final outcome.

To which Faber had a stern response in a video posted to Instagram.

“Dominick Cruz and Michael Bisping are f*cking blind. That was a knee to the back of the head. An illegal knee to the illegal back of the head. Give me a friggin’ break. Congratulations to Stephens. He fought a good one.”

Cruz and Stephens are teammates at Alliance MMA.

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UFC on FOX 28 bonuses: Jeremy Stephens' violent KO gets him $50,000

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Jeremy Stephens, Ilir Latifi, Alan Jouban and Ben Saunders each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at today’s UFC on FOX 28 event.

Jouban and Saunders earned the “Fight of the Night,” while Stephens and Latifi each won “Performance of the Night” honors.

UFC officials announced the winners following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

Stephens (28-14 MMA, 15-13 UFC) knocked out Josh Emmett (13-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in the second round of their featherweight main event. The fight was Stephens’ second straight headliner in the first two months of 2018 and gave him three straight wins. He called for a title shot after the victory.

Latifi (14-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) stopped Ovince Saint Preux (22-11 MMA, 10-6 UFC) with a first-round guillotine choke in their light heavyweight fight on the main card. Latifi knocked Saint Preux down with a punch, then grabbed his neck for the choke when he tried to get back to his feet. Although Saint Preux tapped, it was on the opposite side of the referee and Saint Preux went out cold.

On the preliminary card, friends and 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu teammates Jouban (16-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Saunders (21-9-2 MMA, 9-6 UFC) fought at welterweight, even though they weren’t thrilled with having to face each other. They slugged it out till midway through the second round when Jouban put Saunders out cold with a punch.

UFC on FOX 28 took place Saturday at Amway Center in Orlando. The card aired on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Twitter reacts to Jeremy Stephens' brutal (and controversial) knockout win at UFC on FOX 28

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Jeremy Stephens made an emphatic statement at UFC on FOX 28, but it wasn’t without controversy.

Stephens (28-14 MMA, 15-13 UFC) dropped Josh Emmett (13-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) with a hard left hook and then finished him off with a barrage of shots to score a second-round knockout win in the UFC on FOX 28 main event on Saturday night.

The finishing blows included some elbows to the back of the head and a knee to the downed Emmett that referee Dan Miragliotta seemed to ignore, leading the violent ending.

Check out the top Twitter reactions below.

We've arrived at the #UFCOrlando main event: @JoshEmmettUFC meets Jeremy Stephens (@LiLHeathenMMA). Who ya got?! https://t.co/p4BO7zBzFe pic.twitter.com/Q1MMR8xw2J

— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) February 25, 2018

Jeremy Stephens gets his monumental win with a HUGE LEFT HOOK KO on Josh Emmett! #UFCOrlando https://t.co/UDMO8X5M9b

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) February 25, 2018

This new Jeremy Stephens is nasty!!! Looks like we all know who the fook he is now. #UFCOrlando

— Goze (@thegoze) February 25, 2018

Jeremy Stephens gets on his knees and begs Dana White for a title shot. Reminiscent of Georges St-Pierre back in the day. #UFCOrlando

— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) February 25, 2018

Looks to me like that knee hit, even if it was a glancing blow. And it came right after at least one elbow to the back of the head. Just makes it hard to feel totally good about that finish.

— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) February 25, 2018

The point about the Jeremy Stephens illegal knee is that it was more than a graze, and it was during a flurry of strikes. I really think Emmett should've been saved right there. I'd expect him to appeal.

— Simon Samano (@SJSamano) February 25, 2018

I keep watching it and in my book it's an illegal knee. pic.twitter.com/czniXVOKDn

— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) February 25, 2018

Dan Miragliotta did Josh Emmett a disservice there. Forget about the knee for a second. There were two other illegal blows. Elbows to the back of the head. #UFCOrlando

— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) February 25, 2018

Anyway, like DC said, it doesn't matter. Referee is sole arbiter of contest, and he didn't call it.

— Steven Marrocco (@MMAjunkieSteven) February 25, 2018

I would file for a no contest lowkey. That knee grazed the top of the head, looked illegal af. Jeremy do hit hard but josh was looking good

— Kevin MTP Lee (@MoTownPhenom) February 25, 2018

Upon further review, Cormier is 100% right. Those two elbows were illegal. And the knee grazed. That’s some bad luck for Emmett. Mirgliotta missed 3 illegal strikes and he was right there.

— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 25, 2018

Cases like this are why instant replay is absolutely essential in MMA.

— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) February 25, 2018

So, are we pretending the ref didn't watch an illegal blow happen right in front of his face and not call it because it might have been difficult for him to sort out? #UFCOrlando

— JE Snowden (@JESnowden) February 25, 2018

Awesome finish under PRIDE rules … oh wait

— Dave Doyle (@davedoylemma) February 25, 2018

Wait…wait. Now hold on. Didn't….

— Chuck Mindenhall (@ChuckMindenhall) February 25, 2018

A star was born tonight. Jeremy Stephens. Remember the name.

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) February 25, 2018

Looks like it may have grazed Emmett’s head? Almost think that Emmett saved Stephens (and his own head, of course) by ducking because that was gonna land flush.

— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 25, 2018

Looks like the knee at least grazed Josh Emmett, which would make it technically illegal. Hard to say it changed the course of the finish, but still illegal. #UFCOrlando

— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) February 25, 2018

Hard to see if it landed even on the replay but man that was a nasty finish with the diving elbow. Win or lose Stephens always brings the show.

— Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) February 25, 2018

The illegal elbows are way worse than the knee that arguably didn't land.

— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) February 25, 2018

UFC on FOX 28 results: Jeremy Stephens violently KOs Josh Emmett, calls for title shot https://t.co/nTwxWpNYTK

— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) February 25, 2018

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UFC on FOX 28 results: Jeremy Stephens violently KOs Josh Emmett, calls for title shot

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Jeremy Stephens finished Josh Emmett in violent fashion, then declared himself the hardest-hitting featherweight in the world. He might be right.

Stephens (28-14 MMA, 15-13 UFC) knocked out Emmett (13-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) with vicious elbows at the 1:35 mark of the second round. It was a comeback of sorts, given Emmett had put him on the canvas in the first. Afterward, Stephens said he wants a title shot at 145 pounds.

The featherweight bout was the main event of today’s UFC on FOX 28 show at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. It aired on FOX following prelims on FOX and UFC Fight Pass.

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A potentially illegal knee by Stephens in the sequence that led to the finish was not stopped by referee Dan Miragliotta, who after the fight could be seen telling announcer Bruce Buffer that the knee just missed Emmett’s head.

Jeremy Stephens gets his monumental win with a HUGE LEFT HOOK KO on Josh Emmett! #UFCOrlando https://t.co/UDMO8X5M9b

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) February 25, 2018

Stephens went to the center and Emmett circled outside to look for an opening. Stephens kicked to the leg, and Emmett immediately threw a right hand counter. Ememtt backed Stephens up with a combo, but nothing landed. A minute in, they both swung hard, but just missed. Ninety seconds in, Emmett landed too low with a kick, but Stephens only took a few seconds to regroup.

Emmett tried a jumping knee, but just missed. Stephens kicked and slipped, but Emmett couldnt’ find a way to take advantage. Both fighters landed right hands with 100 seconds left. But 20 seconds later, it was a crisp right hook from Emmett that put Stephens on the canvas. He went down to the mat to try to finish, but couldn’t find it and Stephens was back to his feet with 45 seconds left in the round.

A minute into the second round, Stephens landed a spinning back fist that had Emmett backing out to reset himself. And 30 seconds later, the end of the fight came absolutely violently.

Stephens cracked Emmett with a left hand counter and put him on the canvas. He followed him down and landed a right, then several elbows. He threw a knee that would’ve been illegal, but it just missed landing – at least according to Miragliotta. And after that, it took a couple more massive elbows for Emmett to be out cold with Miragliotta finally stepping in to shut Stephens down.

Some in the crowd booed on the replays, believing the knee to have landed. And Emmett’s corner left the cage in anger, believing Emmett had been done in by an illegal shot.

“And now we know who the hardest-hitting 145er is, baby. No disrespect – Josh Emmett put me down on my butt. I had to get my wits back. But you can’t break me. … Give me my title shot! There’s only three guys in front of me.”

Stephens won for the third straight time for his second such streak in the UFC. Emmett had a two-fight winning streak snapped.

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Twitter reacts to Jessica Andrade's impressive win over Tecia Torres at UFC on FOX 28

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Jessica Andrade has fought for the UFC strawweight title once already, and you can expect to her to again – and soon.

Andrade (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) put on a masterful performance Saturday night to take a unanimous decision from Tecia Torres (10-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in what was considered a 115-pound title eliminator.

The bout served as the co-headliner of UFC on FOX 28, which took place at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., and aired on FOX followed by early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Andrade and Torres put on a fun scrap overall, but Andrade simply proved to be too much. Check out the top reactions from Twitter below.

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It's time for the #UFCOrlando co-main event: Does the winner of @TeciaTorres and Jessica Andrade (@JessicaMMApro) get the next strawweight title shot? https://t.co/p4BO7zBzFe pic.twitter.com/PLjhgnrsWN

— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) February 25, 2018

30-27 Andrade for me, but that first round was close and could easily go either way. Torres countered well when she could, I just felt that the pressure and takedowns took over the fight’s narrative. #UFCOrlando

— Dan Tom (@DanTomMMA) February 25, 2018

I don't know if Jessica Andrade found a way to turn a corner after her title shot, but every time she steps in the octagon, Joanna Jedrzejczyk's win against her is even more impressive. #UFCOrlando

— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) February 25, 2018

This fight is excellent, but is … is Jessica Andrade supposed to be able to rag-doll Tecia Torres the way she is? Damn, she is strong.

— Simon Samano (@SJSamano) February 25, 2018

Jessica Andrade looks just as fresh in round 3 as she did in round 1, this has been an amazing performance and with the anniversary of the 1st female fight, both ladies have shown us just how far women’s MMA has come. #UFCOrlando

— Goze (@thegoze) February 25, 2018

The next time Jessica Andrade fights for the title, she's going to win. #UFCOrlando

— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) February 25, 2018

29-28 Andrade. But man, scores could be all over the place for this one. Great, great scrap. #UFCOrlando

— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) February 25, 2018

Got this 30-27 Andrade, but that's one of those scores that doesn't reflect how good a fight this was.

— Dave Doyle (@davedoylemma) February 25, 2018

Andrade is a tank

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) February 25, 2018

War between Torres and Andrade. I have it even headed to the third.

— Josh Gross (@yay_yee) February 25, 2018

This was always going to be an amazing scrap. Why people were sleeping on it is beyond me. #UFCOrlando

— E. Spencer Kyte (@spencerkyte) February 25, 2018

This. Fight. Should. Be. Five. Rounds.

— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) February 25, 2018

Capital fun, that fight.

— Chuck Mindenhall (@ChuckMindenhall) February 25, 2018

Give them all the money @ufc

— Julie Kedzie (@julesk_fighter) February 25, 2018

Fun fight. Jessica Andrade has stormed back to a 115-pound title shot. Clear victories against the likes of Claudia Gadelha and now Tecia Torres. I'm looking forward to seeing her get a second crack at a belt.

— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 25, 2018

Jessica Andrade becomes the first fighter to beat a couple in the UFC with a win over both Tecia Torres and her fiancee Raquel Pennington

— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) February 25, 2018

Andrade promised a war and delivered. Tremendous performance; she should get the winner of Namajunas-Jedrzejczyk II. #UFCOrlando

— E. Spencer Kyte (@spencerkyte) February 25, 2018

Salute to these two ladies. Maximum effort. Lots of ability. It's what we look for in elite MMA.

— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) February 25, 2018

BEAST! #UFCOrlando pic.twitter.com/umO7Jt4wuZ

— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) February 25, 2018

UFC on FOX 28 results: Jessica Andrade too much for Tecia Torres in crucial 115 fight https://t.co/g8gGG3HiMG

— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) February 25, 2018

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UFC on FOX 28 results: Jessica Andrade too much for Tecia Torres in crucial 115-pound fight

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ORLANDO, Fla. – In a crucial bout in the women’s 115-pound title picture, Jessica Andrade put herself one step closer to another shot at a championship.

Andrade (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) took a unanimous decision from Tecia Torres (10-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and may have booked a spot against the winner of the rematch between current champion Rose Namajunas and former champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Andrade won with a trio of 30-27 scores.

The women’s strawweight bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC on FOX 28 show at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. It aired on FOX following prelims on FOX and UFC Fight Pass.

Andrade came forward quickly and backed Torres up. Then she tried to chase her down seconds later with a right hand. Torres caught her coming in not long after, but couldn’t put anything together. Andrade landed a low leg kick, but then found her head getting popped back from a Torres punch. Torres kept swinging and landing, but Andrade fired right back. Torres consistently found a home for her right hand, but Andrade kept walking through it to march forward. Three minutes in, they traded punches before Andrade clinched Torres up on the fence. But Torres landed a left on the break. Not long after, Andrade got a few punches through. But with a minute left, after Andrade tried to take Torres down, Torres landed a big punch that wobbled Andrade momentarily. With 10 seconds left, Andrade scooped Torres up and landed a takedown that may have stolen the round.

Torres tried a high kick in the second, then backpedaled when Andraded tried to blitz forward and caught her with a counter. A minute in, Andrade tied her up again and looked for a takedown. She was able to scoop Torres up and planted her on the canvas into north-south position. Torres tried to threaten with a triangle choke, but Andrade postured up. When she went back to her feet, Torres found a way back to standing midway through and they went back to the center of the cage. With 1:45 left, Andrade got another takedown, then put the fight back on the canvas when Torres worked her way out. Torres landed an upkick that got the crowd charged up, then threatened with a brief triangle choke before getting bcak to her feet just long enough for Andrade to drag her back down.

Andrade took Torres nearly off her feet early in the third, then tied her up on the canvas. She breifly was in mount, but Torres worked back to her feet and got back to the middle a minute in. Torres kicked low, but soon after found herself getting slammed by Andrade again. There was little Torres could do to stop Andrade on the canvas, and when she finally got back to her feet with a minute left it was only so Andrade could take her down again. Torres reversed position for a moment, but Andrade recovered to cruise to the finish line.

Andrade won for the second straight time since dropping a title shot to former champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk. She has won five of her past six fights. Torres had a three-fight winning streak snapped for her first loss in nearly two years, which came to current champion Rose Namajunas.

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UFC on FOX 28 results: Ilir Latifi puts Ovince Saint Preux to sleep with first-round choke

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Ilir Latifi took Ovince Saint Preux off his feet with his hands, then took him out of consciousness with a choke.

After choking Saint Preux (22-11 MMA, 10-6 UFC) out cold, Latifi (14-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) said he wanted a fight with current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who next will fight for the heavyweight title to try to become a two-division champ. Latifi’s guillotine choke put Saint Preux at the 3:48 mark of the first round.

The light heavyweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC on FOX 28 event at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. It aired on FOX following prelims on FOX and UFC Fight Pass.

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Latifi kicked Saint Preux’s legs early, but a minute in Saint Preux tried to get inside for a short uppercut. It wasn’t there, and they went back to the center of the cage. Two minutes in, Latifi kicked to the body, but Saint Preux looked to be staying patient. He just missed a high kick a few moments later.

With about 90 seconds left, Latifi caught Saint Preux with a left hand and knocked him off his feet. He chased him down, then landed more punches up against the fence. When Saint Preux got back to his feet, Latifi took his neck and caught him in a guillotine choke. Saint Preux started to tap with his left hand, but referee Jorge Alonso was on the other side and didn’t see it.

Shortly after that, Saint Preux went limp, out cold, and slumped to the canvas until Latifi let the choke go.

UPSET SPECIAL! Ilir Latifi with the biggest win of his career, locks in the front guillotine for the win over Ovince St. Preux! #UFCOrlando https://t.co/5RotEZzsFS

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) February 25, 2018

“I always go for the finish,” Latifi said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s standup or on the ground – that’s what I want to do. ‘DC,’ you’re a legend, you’re a champ. But let’s fight for the title, you and me. Heavyweight, light heavyweight, it doesn’t matter.”

Latifi won for the second straight time and has victories in five of his past six fights. Saint Preux had a three-fight winning streak snapped.

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UFC on FOX 28 results: Heavy underdog Max Griffin works over Mike Perry for upset

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Max Griffin was the biggest underdog at UFC on FOX 28, and had to fight Mike Perry in his backyard.

It didn’t seem to matter much. Griffin (14-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) pulled off the biggest win of his career with a unanimous decision over Perry (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC). He took a 30-27 score and a pair of 29-27s in a stunner to open the main card thanks to some precision striking – and avoiding his opponent’s home-run efforts.

The welterweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC on FOX 28 event at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. It aired on FOX following prelims on FOX and UFC Fight Pass.

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To little surprise, the sluggers started throwing early. And Griffin got through with something enough to have Perry cut above his left eye. Just past a minute in, Perry tied Griffin up and pressed him to the fence. He looked for knees in the clinch, but Griffin eventually shrugged him off and moved on the outside. He threw a high kick, then a leg kick to try to take Perry off his feet. Perry just missed a high kick, then ate a couple body kicks before landing his own low kick.

Perry looked like he constantly was ready to wind up for the home-run shot, tehn just missed a big right uppercut. When Perry missed a kick, Griffin got through for a two-punch combo, then tried to pump his jab through with a minute left. Perry was bleeding deeper down the left side of his face onto his chest. But with 40 seconds left, Griffin ducked under a big kick and took Perry down. He couldn’t hold the position, though, and Perry took advantage and took his back. Griffin defended the choke until the horn, but Perry finished the round on top.

Griffin put together a solid combo in the first part of the second, then waited through some leg kicks to sting Perry with a right hand. He backed the home favorite up with kicks and another body punch, then again circled outside to keep Perry guessing where he’d be. Griffin landed a leg kick, then another, and kept his jab working. Midway through the round, the two scrambled and Perry left his feet. But Griffin couldn’t take advantage and they stayed swinging.

Perry’s face continued to show the effects of Griffin’s punches, and Griffin wisely circled outside whenever he could knowing Perry wanted the one-hitter quitter. Perry got a left hand through Griffin’s defense, then another. But just when Perry looked like he might have something in him, Griffin drilled him with a combination and knocked him to the canvas. He pounced on him there, but couldn’t put him away. Perry got back to his feet for the rest of the round, but Griffin again lit him up right before the horn.

Griffin worked an inside leg kick, then fired off a combination. But he got caught by return fire from Perry and stumbled. Perry threw a high kick, then drove Griffin forward looking for a takedown. He tried to take Griffin’s back, but Griffin shrugged him off a minute in and stayed upright. Griffin again worked leg kicks as the 3-minute mark approached.

Midway through, Perry stung Griffin with a right, then another and had him backing up. Griffin answered back and kept circling, not wanting to let Perry put much together. The home crowd worked up a chant for Perry. With a minute left, Perry started to get desperate. He threw a high kick that Griffin worked through, but then landed a big left hand. Griffin survived it, then went for a takedown to try to save himself. Perry pressed him against the fence, then got a soft takedown late.

But it mattered none. Griffin left the Orlando fans buzzing with surprise that their home favorite had gone down.

Griffin is back in the win column after a “Fight of hte Night” decision loss to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in October. He has alternated wins and losses his past five fights. Perry now has consecutive losses for the first time in his career after an 11-1 start.

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