UFC: Twitter reacts to Yair Rodriguez vs. Jeremy Stephens no-contest controversy and rowdy audience

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UFC on ESPN+ 17 in Mexico City, Mexico, featured a pivotal featherweight bout as hometown hero and #7 ranked Yair ‘Al Pantera’ Rodriguez took on dangerous striker and #8 ranked Jeremy ‘Lil Heathen’ Stephens.

The fight solely on paper, promised to be a barn burner. Rodriguez had come of a last second knockout win over the Korean Zombie. The stylistic template of fight as to whether Rodriguez could deal with Stephens’ power and whether Stephens could deal with Rodriguez’ ability to maintain distance, had fans already excited and intrigued.

That was however short lived as Stephens suffered an accidental eye poke from Rodriguez within 10 seconds of the fight. What seemed like a superficial one, quickly escalated to the point where Stephens couldn’t continue and the fight had to be called off as a ‘no contest’.

Tensions flared inside the arena as the audience started pelting beer cans, popcorn and plastic bottles inside the octagon, particularly on Stephens. A disappointed Rodriguez then addressed the frustrated crowd and demanded a rematch.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the anticlimactic situation (via Twitter):


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