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The Thugjitsu fighter blasted his way to a TKO win over Stephens
In the featured bout of the FX prelims for UFC On Fox 5, Yves Edwards finished Lightweight Jeremy Stephens with a powerful counter punch early in the first round. Edwards (42-18-1) was coming off a decision loss to Tony Ferguson and is now 4-2 in his most current UFC run. Stephens (20-9) is now on a three fight skid with a UFC record of 7-8.
From the opening bell Edwards looked to move in and out and strike with Stephens from range. He landed well from the start. Then Stephens tried to come in aggressive with a big right hook. Edwards stepped out on an angle and floored Stephens. After a littler perfunctory ground and pound referee Steve Newport moved in to stop the action.
What was the high point of the fight?
The counter right from Edwards. It was a perfectly timed and placed strike that showed the veteran still has Thugjitsu mastered.
Where do they go from here?
At 36 years old with 15 years in the fight game and over 60 professional fights under his belt, Yves Edwards certainly has nothing left to prove. He's a proven commodity as a talented but not elite competitor. He'll continue to battle the mid-tier of the 155 lb. division deciding who's ready to move up the ladder and who needs to improve their game.
The next step in Jeremy Stephens career will be decided over the next few weeks by the Polk County court system. Stephens is facing charges for felonious assault in his home state and will appear for a pretrial hearing this Thursday, December 13. On top of that, a 3 fight losing streak often means the end of their UFC contract.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Watch it now, it's a fantastic performance from YVes Edwards.