UFC Mexico Ends in No-Contest Disaster After Yair Rodriguez Eyepokes Jeremy Stephens

Official result: Yair Rodriguez vs. Jeremy Stephens ends in a no contest (accidental eye poke) just 15 seconds into the first round.

UFC Mexico City headliner Yair Rodriguez vs. Jeremy Stephens, a featherweight bout at Saturday’s UFC event at Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Rodriguez, who has won nine of his last 10 fights, faced Stephens, who had lost two straight fights heading into his 31st UFC appearance, in the main event.

Herb Dean was the third man in the cage for tonight’s main event. Rodriguez was active with his legs early, going to Stephens’s legs and body.

An eye poke by Rodriguez quickly brings the action to a halt.


Long break as Stephens is having trouble even opening his eye for the doctor to check on it.

Dean implores the medical team to wait. After an extended wait, the bout is ruled a no contest, and fans start throwing plastic cups into the ring.


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0:15 – Rodriguez vs. Stephens *
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