UFC Fight Night 32 results: Jeremy Stephens robbed of 'Knockout of the Night' bonus, TRT-fueled Vitor Belfort rewarded instead

Richard Wolowicz

UFC Fight Night 32 saw majority of the fights end early ... and violently. One of them, however, seemingly outshined the rest until the main event happened.

If you watched the six-hour UFC Fight Night 32 telecast, which streamed online (Facebook / YouTube) and aired on television (FOX Sports 1), from Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil, it probably only felt more like an hour.

That's because nine of the 11 Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) matches on the slate ended decisively, not going to the judges often flawed scorecards.

Even on the "Prelims" under card bouts featured fun scraps like rightful "Fight of the Night" winner Omari Akhmedov vs. Thiago Perpetuo, as well as the brutal 40-second knockout featured in the Featherweight showdown between Jeremy Stephens vs. Rony Jason.

If you missed it, watch full fight video highlights here before reading on.

If the initial kick to the chin of Jason didn't immediately seal it for you, surely the follow-up punch and sick facial expression from the man on the wrong end of those strikes did. Even Dan Henderson was impressed (see his reaction here)!

It was so savage, and shocking, it appeared to be a shoe-in for the $50,000 reward given to those who went above and beyond to excite mixed martial arts (MMA) fans in attendance and watching elsewhere. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case, with Dana White, Joe Silva and the other UFC shot callers going in a different direction.

Instead, the finish in the main event of Dan Henderson vs. Vitor Belfort took the nod (watch full video highlights here).

Make no mistake, Belfort stopping Henderson via strikes -- the first time that has ever happened in his extensive professional career -- is a big, impressive deal. But,  if the bonus was for, "Technical Knockout of the Night," it would have been a more accurate award.

This is where testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) comes in (both "Hendo" and Belfort received exemptions). With all the negative connotations the treatment brings, it obviously brings increased power ... and perhaps even violence. Belfort is clearly a changed man. And while his last three fights have been deserving of the recognition, last night was Stephens' night to be singled out.

"The Phenom" -- who has "big fights" looming -- is, and will be, more than flush. Stephens? Not so much. And why didn't the promotion dish out two bonuses as it has done in the past? In on uncertain terms, UFC is sending a sad message to its roster, rewarding fighters who adopt a controversial medical procedure that is often described as legal performance enhancing.

Recent "Knockout of the Night" winner at UFC Fight Night 31, Tim Kennedy, shared his solution for the hot topic:

While I am solely looking out for Stephens losing out on $50,000, Kennedy has a valid argument moving forward. If fighters want to use TRT, perhaps cutting them out of the bonus money would make them think twice about the treatment.

It's seems like a much better idea than rewarding questionable behavior and ignoring surreal, and legitimate, knockout performances.

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