LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Jeremy Stephens landed a jarring right fist to the chin of Marcus Davis and defeated the Bangor resident with a knockout 2 1/2 minutes into the third round of their UFC:125 undercard lightweight bout Saturday night.
It had been a fairly even, back-and-forth fight through the first two rounds with Davis clearly winning the first. The 37-year-old Davis tripped Stephens and put him on his back after Stephens went for a takedown two minutes into the first round, then hit him hard and made him wobble with an overhand left.
In the second round, Stephens went for another takedown while working in more leg kicks to counter Davis’ boxer-style of attack. Stephens did get a couple of submission threats against the Houlton native, but Davis literally kept on top of Stephens most of the round.
Stephens again went on the offensive early in the third round, charging across the octagon to try and take Davis down, but Davis got free of him and remained standing while also managing to land a couple of punches. Stephens didn’t seem to be able to get much going, but then landed a knockout punch — voted knockout of the night — to end it almost out of nowhere.
The loss, Davis’ second straight and fourth in his last five UFC fights, drops his overall record to 22-9 and UFC mark to 17-8. Stephens, 24, is now 19-6 in UFC.
In the main event of the night, reigning lightweight champion Edgar Diaz retained his crown via a split/draw after landing 94 strikes to 71 by challenger Gray Maynard.