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UFC 189 results: Jeremy Stephens stops Dennis Bermudez with flying knee and punches

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Check out the result of the UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor PPV main card catchweight bout between featherweights Dennis Bermudez and Jeremy Stephens.

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Despite Jeremy Stephens missing weight by 3.5 lbs, his fight with Dennis Bermudez remained no the UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor main card. Bermudez was coming off a tough loss to Ricardo Lamas, while Stephens had dropped consecutive contests to Cub Swanson and Charles Oliveira. Nevertheless, this was expected to be another highly entertaining affair.

Bermudez was knocked down early by a Stephens right hand and he immediately shot for a takedown. When he didn't get that he cracked Stephens standing. What was later found to be an accidental headbutt, Stephens was badly cut on the right side of his face. Combinations by "The Menace" put Bermudez in control after a slow start. He got a takedown and then tried to go for an arm-triangle and then an armbar on a bloodied "Lil' Heathen", but Stephens escaped and they returned to their feet. The blood continued to pour as Bermudez cracked Stephens again.

Stephens rocked Bermudez to start the 2nd with an uppercut. He also hurt him with a left hook and repeatedly had Bermudez hurt with leg kicks. It was an all-out slugfest and Bermudez was able to clip Stephens on occasion, but the 2nd round definitely belonged to the veteran Stephens. How Bermudez survived the punches is anyone's guess.

Bermudez wouldn't survive the 3rd round flying knee thrown by Stephens, who pounced on the badly hurt Long Island fighter and sealed the deal with a series of punches in an incredible bout.

Jeremy Stephens (24-11 MMA, 11-10 UFC) def. Dennis Bermudez (14-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) via TKO (flying knee and punches) at :32 of round 3 - Featherweights

Stephens avoids the three-fight losing skid while putting Bermudez on a two-fight losing streak. It's also the first time that Bermudez has ever been finished with strikes. Evidently UFC 189 was the night of the flying knee, as Thomas Almeida used the same move to stop Brad Pickett to open up the main card.

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