Jeremy Stephens Dominates Gilbert Melendez (UFC 215 Results)

No. 8 ranked featherweight Jeremy Stephens kicked off the UFC 215 main card with a dominating performance against former lightweight title challenger Gilbert Melendez.

Stephens’ leg kicks were the story of the fight. He landed them hard and often. Midway through the opening round Melendez’ lead leg was badly swollen on the shin. Stephens continued to attack the legs of Melendez causing Melendez to fall to his back twice. Prior to the start of the second frame, the referee called in a doctor to check the leg. Melendez said he could continue and was allowed to.

In the second round, Melendez switched his stance to avoid taking more damage to his left leg. He pressured Stephens, but the leg kicks kept coming. Melendez would fall to the canvas twice in the second round due to leg kicks.

In the final round, Melendez had no movement left and Stephens picked up the pace. He delivered hard hooks to the body and continued to attack Melendez’ legs. Three times in the frame Melendez fell to his back after absorbing leg kicks.

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Stephens dominated Melendez in Melendez’ promotional debut at 145-pounds. One of the judges scored the fight 30-25.

“No offense but Gilbert Melendez has been around a long time and I just don’t think he’s evolved. He’s got a real wide boxing stance. (Edson) Barboza, one of the nastiest leg kickers in the game at 155 put an end to him,” said Stephens following the fight. “I’ve got great leg kicks. People worry about my hands so much they forget about my leg kicks.”

The leg kicks were part of Stephens’ game plan. Leg kicks can open a fighter up to being taken down, but Stephens was worried about being put on his back.

“We weren’t worried about the takedowns. You take me down 15 times, I get up 16 and I keep (expletive) coming. That’s what we do baby,” he said.

Stephens snapped a two-fight losing streak with the win. The loss was the fourth consecutive defeat for Melendez.

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Ketlen Vieira Beats Sara McMann at Her Own Game (UFC 215 Fight Highlights)

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Check out highlights from Ketlen Vieira’s upset of Sara McMann at UFC 215 on Saturday in Edmonton. UFC 215 took place on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Rogers Palace.

The fight promotion next heads to Pittsburgh on Sept. 16, as former UFC light heavyweight titleholder Luke Rockhold and former World Series of Fighting dual-division champ David Branch meet in the UFC Fight Night 116 main event.

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Gilbert Melendez got talked out of quitting on the stool after gnarly leg injury

Gilbert Melendez got off to a bad start against Jeremy Stephens at UFC 215, which is another way of saying that after one round in the cage his left shin looked like it was ready to give birth.

This was appropriately concerning to referee Jerin Velel, who called time before the start of the second round so the cageside doctor could examine the damage done by Stephens’ low kicks in the opening frame (via Twitter):

Of course, that examination mostly consisted of the doctor asking Melendez if he felt capable of fighting. Not exactly what you’d call a thorough exam. Despite barely being able to stand on the leg, Melendez did just what you’d expect – he told the doc he was fine.

By the end of the second round, however, even Melendez was having second doubts. After dropping to his back several times following kicks to his badly swollen shin, Melendez confided in his corner that he might be ready to stop. That led to this exchange.

“I think I’m done, bro,” Melendez said before the final round, while one of cornermen applied an ice pack and another tried to talk him back into the fight.

“Hey, you’ve got five minutes,” one cornerman assured him, before shooing away the doctor. “… You can do any (expletive) thing for five minutes.”

And, as it turned out, Melendez could. He survived the final round, though you couldn’t exactly say he thrived, only to lose the unanimous decision in the end. Still, he did convince us all of his toughness. As if there was really any doubt after a career spanning nearly 15 years and just about every MMA promotion that matters.

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UFC 215 results: Vicious Jeremy Stephens low kicks destroy Gilbert Melendez

Gilbert Melendez (22-7 MMA, 1-5 UFC) once again proved his durability in the cage, but he’d probably just as soon forget all about his featherweight debut against Jeremy Stephens (26-14 MMA, 13-13 UFC).

The 145-pound bout was part of today’s UFC 215 main card, which took place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and aired on pay-per-view.

Stephens opened the contest with a powerful low kick as Melendez kept his hands high and looked to settle into a rhythm. Stephens was the aggressor to start, firing with the power you expect when he’s in the cage. Low kicks continued to score for Stephens, as well, though Melendez continued to move well on the outside. Stephens’ power was evident in the exchanges, though Melendez was content to try and trade. Stephens continued with the attacks to the leg, and a nasty welt developed just below the left knee. Melendez briefly toppled to the floor but quickly crawled back up and came forward with an all-out attack. Stephens survived the assault and went back to chopping the leg, and Melendez again was forced to the floor, where Stephens followed with strikes before the bell.

The doctor was called in to check the leg to start the second, but Melendez insisted he could continue, and the fight carried on. Stephens continued to tee off with powerful punches on the feet, and Melendez made sure to keep his damaged left leg as far away as possible from his opponent, moving forward in a southpaw stance. Despite the obvious pain, Melendez continued to walk forward in an incredible show of heart. Stephens’ eye and nose showed damage from Melendez’s attacks, but it was the nasty lead leg that was making the real difference in the fight. Each time Stephens could connect to the leg, Melendez immediately dropped to the floor.

Melendez was warned to defend himself at the start of the third by referee Jerin Valel, and he came out attacking to open the final frame. Still, Stephens appeared to have plenty left in the tank as he fired back with big shots on the feet. Melendez hobbled around on his one good leg, even earning admiration from his opponent after being dropped with another leg kick and simply rolling through and back to his feet, wobbling like a baby deer. Leg kicks sent Melendez to the floor twice more, with referee Valel seemingly wanting to step in but instead allowing the fight to see the final bell, where Stephens was awarded a clearcut decision win, 30-26, 30-26 and 30-25.

Stephens snaps a two-fight skid with the result, while Melendez has earned just one win in six trips to the UFC cage.

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Sarah Moras Sinks the Sub for the Win (UFC 215 Fight Highlights)

(Video courtesy of UFC on FOX | Viewing may be limited by broadcast rights restrictions) Check out highlights from Sarah Moras’ submission victory over Ashlee Evans-Smith at UFC 215 on Saturday in Edmonton. UFC 215 took place on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Rogers Palace. The fight promotion next heads to Pittsburgh on Sept. 16, as former UFC light heavyweight titleholder Luke Rockhold and former World Series of Fighting dual-division champ David Branch meet in the UFC Fight Night 116 main event. RELATED:

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Rick Glenn Dominates En Route to a Unanimous Decision (UFC 215 Fight Highlights)

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Check out highlights from Rick Glenn’s unanimous decision domination of Gavin Tucker at UFC 215 on Saturday in Edmonton. UFC 215 took place on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Rogers Palace.

The fight promotion next heads to Pittsburgh on Sept. 16, as former UFC light heavyweight titleholder Luke Rockhold and former World Series of Fighting dual-division champ David Branch meet in the UFC Fight Night 116 main event.

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Ketlen Vieira Upsets Sara McMann to Join Ranks of Bantamweight Elite (UFC 215 Results)

Ketlen Vieira became one of the bantamweight elite by taking out former title contender Sara McMann on Saturday at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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UFC 215 results: Ketlen Vieira first survives, then submits Sara McMann

Undefeated Brazilian contender Ketlen Vieira (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) earned the biggest win of her career, scoring a gutsy submission win over Sara McMann (11-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) in impressive fashion.

The women’s bantamweight bout closed out today’s UFC 215 prelims, which took place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and aired on FS1.

The two fighters traded punches to start, but McMann wasted little time shooting inside and looking to get the action to the floor. Vieira showed solid defense in her initial effort, but McMann continued to press until she did score the takedown, quickly settling into her opponent’s guard. Working from top position, McMann dropped several powerful elbows on to her opponent’s face, while Vieira tried unsuccessfully to control the arms and set up a potential submission. Instead, it was McMann who advanced quickly to half-guard and then the full variety before rifling off punches to the face. Vieira alertly countered with a slick transition and briefly threatened McMann’s left leg, but the bell sounded before she could earn a finish.

McMann seemed to strike a bit more to start the second before shooting in for another takedown. However, Vieira was up to the challenge and actually landed a series of damaging punches and elbows as she sprawled. McMann continued to look for the takedown in tight quarters, but Vieira defended well and then surprised with a quick, powerful takedown of her own that saw her fall immediately past the right leg. From the top, Vieira worked deftly into an arm-triangle choke on the left side, torquing and angling the squeeze and somehow earning the tap at the 4:16 mark despite being unable to clear McMann’s half-guard.

“Fenomeno” remains unbeaten and is now 3-0 in the UFC. McMann sees a three-fight winning streak snapped.

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Rick Glenn's beatdown of Gavin Tucker made UFC history – in a weird way

In addition to being one of the ugliest beatdowns in recent memory, Rick Glenn’s unanimous-decision win over Gavin Tucker at UFC 215 also made UFC history, albeit in a pretty weird way.

After battering an exhausted and bloodied Tucker in Rounds 2 and 3, Glenn won an obvious unanimous-decision victory in a fight that certainly should have been stopped well before it got to the judges. But once the scorecards were tallied up, they almost made you wonder if all the judges were watching the same fight.

Judge Sal D’Amato gave Glenn every round, including a 10-8 in the second and the rarely seen 10-7 in the third. Dave Hagen saw it similarly, but limited himself to a pair of 10-8 scores in the last two rounds.

The outlier was Sean Gerke, who was the only one to give Tucker the first round, and also the only one to score the dominant second frame for Glenn as a mere 10-9:

The result? According to MMADecisions.com, it was the first bout in UFC history to finish with a scorecard that included one 30-24 score and one score that didn’t even start with a 30.

It also went on and on to an almost nauseating degree, and somehow referee Kyle Cardinal – to say nothing of Tucker’s corner – didn’t see a reason to stop it. That fact let one of those parties in for some typically direct and plain-spoken criticism from UFC President Dana White (via Twitter):

For more on UFC 215, visit the UFC Events section of the site.

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Alex White Retires Mitch Clarke (UFC 215 Fight Highlights)

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Check out highlights from Alex White’s victory over Mitch Clarke at UFC 215 on Saturday in Edmonton. Clarke retired following the fight. UFC 215 took place on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Rogers Palace.

The fight promotion next heads to Pittsburgh on Sept. 16, as former UFC light heavyweight titleholder Luke Rockhold and former World Series of Fighting dual-division champ David Branch meet in the UFC Fight Night 116 main event.

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