Yair Rodriguez-Jeremy Stephens Rematch Targeted for UFC on ESPN 6 Co-Headliner

By: Tristen Critchfield
Sep 25, 2019

Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens will get to settle their unfinished business in Beantown.

Dana White told ESPN on Wednesday that a rematch between Rodriguez and Stephens is in the works for the UFC on ESPN 6 co-main event in Boston on Oct. 18. The featherweight bout has not yet been finalized, but both fighters have agreed to the rematch.

The first meeting between Rodriguez and Stephens ended in just 15 seconds when “El Pantera” inadvertently poked his opponent in the eye in the UFC Fight Night 159 main event in Mexico City on Sept. 21. Stephens was unable to continue, resulting in the second-fastest no contest in the history of the Las Vegas-based promotion.

Bad blood surfaced after the verdict, first when Stephens was pelted with debris by the Mexico City fans while exiting the arena, and later when Rodriguez first began to question the validity of the injury during an interview on the ESPN+ post-fight show. The two men then had an altercation that was caught on camera in the fighter hotel the following day, as Stephens shoved Rodriguez and the two athletes had to be separated.

Rodriguez vs. Stephens replaces the a previously scheduled co-main event clash between Zabit Magomedsharipov and Calvin Kattar, which was moved to UFC Moscow on Nov. 9 due to a Magomedsharipov injury. UFC on ESPN 6 takes place at TD Garden and will see Chris Weidman make his light heavyweight debut against Dominick Reyes in the evening’s headliner.

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