Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently put the finishing touches on its upcoming UFC on FOX 28: “Emmett vs. Stephens” mixed martial arts (MMA) extravaganza, which takes place tonight (Sat., Feb. 24, 2018) inside Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
UFC on FOX 28 will be headlined by the featherweight fracas pitting Josh Emmett against Jeremy Stephens in a five-round scrap that could have serious implications in the 145-pound title chase.
Elsewhere on the “Sunshine State” fight card, strawweight contenders Tecia Torres and Jessica Andrade collide in the 115-pound co-main event, while Ilir Latifi and Ovince Saint Preux hook ‘em up for light heavyweight bragging rights.
All that and so much more.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC on FOX 28 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC ON FOX 28 QUICK RESULTS:
Josh Emmett vs. Jeremy Stephens — Stephens def. Emmett by KO (punches and elbows) at 1:35 of Round Two
Tecia Torres vs. Jessica Andrade — Andrade def. Torres by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28 x2)
Ilir Latifi vs. Ovince Saint Preux — Latifi def. Saint Preux by technical submission (guillotine choke) at 3:48 of Round One
Max Griffin vs. Mike Perry — Griffin def. Perry by unanimous decision (29-27 x2, 30-27)
Renan Barao vs. Brian Kelleher — Kelleher def. Barao by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Sara McMann vs. Marion Reneau — Reneau def. McMann by submission (triangle choke) at 3:40 of Round Two
Angela Hill vs. Maryna Moroz — Hill def. Moroz by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Alan Jouban vs. Ben Saunders — Jouban def. Saunders by KO (punch) at 2:38 of Round Two
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns
Sam Alvey vs. Marcin Prachnio — Alvey def. Prachnio by KO (punch) at 4:23 of Round One
Russel Doane vs. Rani Yahya — Yahya def. Doane by submission (arm triangle choke) at 2:32 of Round Three
Alex Perez vs. Eric Shelton — Perez def. Shelton by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Manny Bermudez vs. Albert Morales — Bermudez def. Morales by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:33 of Round Two
UFC ON FOX 28 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
145 lbs.: Josh Emmett vs. Jeremy Stephens
Round 1: Emmett lands the first leg kick. One minute in. Both whiff on haymakers. Stephens with a right to the body. Low blow to Stephens pauses the action. Emmett tries a head kick when they resume. Solid right hand two minutes in. Left hand lands for him. Stephens slips on a knee and cracks Emmett when he tries to press the advantage. Right hand from Stephens. Two minutes to go.
1-2 from Emmett, counter right from Stephens. 1-2 by Emmett. Stephens tries an uppercut and gets dropped by an overhand right on the fence. Emmett on top in half guard with a minute to go. Hard elbow. Stephens scrambles to his feet. Low kick lands for Emmett. Stephens tries a body kick. 10-9 Emmett.
Round 2: Low kick from Stephens to start the round. Stephens advancing, eats a combo. Glancing spinning back fist by Stephens a minute in. BIG left hook and down goes Emmett! Stephens lands an illegal knee during the finishing flurry, then puts Emmett to sleep with elbows.
Final result: Stephens def. Emmett by KO (punches and elbows)
115 lbs.: Tecia Torres vs. Jessica Andrade
Round 1: Andrade opens with a leg kick, eats a pair of heavy right hands. Andrade stomping after her. Nasty counter right from Torres. One minute in. Andrade lands a leg kick and a right hand. 1-2 comes back at her. They briefly slug it out near the fence. 1-2 from Torres again. They trade left hooks. Andrade clips her with a left hook, eats another clean 1-2 and a right behind it. Two minutes in. Torres has landed some brutal punches. Andrade still pursuing and they trade right hands. Left hook from Andrade met by a right cross. Andrade right hand. Two minutes to go.
They have a wild exchange until Andrade puts her on the cage. Torres frames and separates. Low kick from Torres, right hand on the counter. They trade near the fence, Torres leg kick. Andrade tries a throw and they exchange more shots. One minute to go. Torres still picking her off. They exchange in the clinch until Andrade slams her to the mat. 10-9 Torres.
Round 2: Leg kick from Torres. Andrade just charging after her at times. Torres moving well. Combo by Andrade. Torres lands a 1-2, gets buzzed by a hook as Andrade ties up. One minute in. Andrade hauls her into the air and takes her down into north-south. Torres trying to set up an inverted triangle. Andrade puts her weight down in side control. Torres gets a bit of space and kicks at her before standing. Hard right hand by Torres. Another. Andrade comes back with a pair of hooks. Another cracking counter right. Two minutes to go.
Andrade shoots and Torres tries to take the back only to get ragdolled again. She works her way up, gets slammed again. Andrade on top in full guard. Torres looking for an armbar, Andrade postures out and eats a pair of hard upkicks with a minute to go. Andrade again lifts her way out of an attack. Torres looks for a takedown, gets slung to her knees from the front headlock. She transitions to the body lock, cannot get her down. 10-9 Torres.
Round 3: Andrade finds the mark with a left hook, shoves her, and hits a takedown. Full mount for Andrade. Torres scrambles right back up. They separate a minute in. Andrade counters a low kick with a left hook. straight right from Torres, slam from Andrade, looking for the back. Torres scrambles up, Andrade grabs a leg and kicks the other one out. On top in half guard, nasty right hand two minutes in. Another good shot. Andrade digging to the body. Hammerfists. Two minutes to go.
Andrade’s shots piling up. On to side control. Torres unable to kick her away. Now she makes it to her feet. Andrade hits yet another takedown, but Torres sweeps and tries to secure the back. Andrade shakes her off and takes half guard. She stands, deals with upkicks, takes Torres down yet again. Another great fight. 10-9 Andrade.
Final result: Andrade def. Torres by unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Ilir Latifi vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Round 1: Saint Preux on the front foot early. Latifi with a body shot and leg kick. Saint Preux comes back with a side kick. One minute in. Latifi with an oblique kick. More glancing blows to the legs. Saint Preux blocks a body kick, eats a leg kick. Two minutes in. OSP to the body. 2-1 by Latifi in return. Counter left. Saint Preux picks at the lead leg. Two minutes to go.
Latifi drops Saint Preux with an overhand left and tears into him with follow-up shots. Saint Preux stands, gets dropped again, and goes to sleep in a spine-crushing standing guillotine.
Final result: Latifi def. Saint Preux by technical submission (guillotine choke)
170 lbs.: Max Griffin vs. Mike Perry
Round 1: Counter right lands for Griffin. Early combos from Griffin. Perry sporting a cut high on his forehead. Perry leg kick, avoids the overhand right. Hard counter right knocks Perry back. One minute in. Teep from Perry, right from Griffin. Perry ties up and they jockey for position on the cage. Leg kick from Griffin after they separate. Counter right. Two minutes in. Inside low kick. Perry to the outside. They slip each other’s shots. Two minutes to go.
Counter right again by Griffin, whose jab appears to be working. Perry with a leg and a body kick. Griffin lands another right hand, then to the body. Nasty counter 2-3 after Perry tries to jump in with a knee. One minute to go. 2-1 combo from Griffin. Perry head kick goes high and Griffin takes him down. Perry pops up and takes him down in return. Perry looking for the back. Both hooks in, then mount at the bell. 10-9 Griffin.
Round 2: Perry with a left hook and uppercut. Griffin stings him with a combination. Perry leg kicks met by a counter right. Sharp jab. One minute in. Griffin again finds the mark with a combo. Perry sticks a right downstairs. Leg kick from Griffin. Body shot. Perry with some leg kicks. Two minutes in. Perry fires a knee, gets upended and scrambles up. Counter right by Griffin, then an arcing one off a Perry hook. Teep from Perry. Two minutes to go.
Griffin again finds the mark with his right hand. Stiff jab. Perry’s still coming, to his credit, and lands a jab with a minute to go. Left hook by Perry, who gets blasted by a hook in return. It’s the hardest knockdown of Perry’s UFC career, but he survives and gets to his feet. Griffin unloads a combination, but the bloodied Perry makes it to the bell. 10-8 Griffin.
Round 3: Another combo by Griffin, answered by Perry’s best right hand of the fight. Perry stalking forward. Perry locks up and looks for the back. Griffin shrugs him off a minute in and looks for a head kick. Low kick from Perry. Low kick from Griffin, then to the inside. Two minutes in. Counter right cracks Perry yet again. Perry lands a lunging left hook and an overhand right behind it. Counter right from Griffin yet again. Two minutes to go.
Perry waving him on. He walks into another counter right. He checks a leg kick, eats a right hand. One minute to go. Perry fires a head kick. He’s going for it, slinging heat. Perry left hand, Griffin right hand. Perry takes him down and avoids an armbar transition before they stand. Perry completes the takedown before the bell. 10-9 Perry.
Final result: Griffin def. Perry by unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Renan Barao vs. Brian Kelleher
Round 1: Barao firing has jab as Kelleher advances. Low kick lands. Left hook by Kelleher. Counter right from Barao, good jabs. Body kick lands for Kelleher. One minute in. Barao staying out of range of the bigger punches, lands a leg kick. Overhand right lands for him. Another hard leg kick, lancing jabs. Kelleher stumbled, lands a right hand. Right hand again, intercepted by jabs. They trade hard right hands two minutes in and Barao puts him on the fence. Knees from Barao. They jockey for position. Two minutes to go.
Knee from Barao. Short right from Kelleher in return. Ref breaks them up. Barao lands a 1-2, Kelleher still marching on. Overhand right puts Barao’s gloves on the mat and the Brazilian looks for a takedown. One minute to go. Elbow from Barao as Kelleher reverses position. Kelleher changes levels, nothing there. 10-9 Kelleher.
Round 2: They trade in the center before Kelleher shoots. He puts Barao on the fence, Barao reverses right away. Barao with right hands on the break. One minute in. Jabs from Barao, Kelleher leg kick. Kelleher shoots behind a jab without success. Jockeying for position on the cage. Two minutes in. Knee from Barao. Knees to the body from both men. Kelleher takes Barao down, can’t keep him there. Knees to the thigh from Kelleher. Two minutes to go.
Ref breaks them up. 1-2 from Barao, overhand right and left hook from Kelleher. They’re going at it in the center. Another hard right by Kelleher before another level change. Barao reverses position with a minute to go. He tries an outside trip, not there. Double underhooks briefly for Kelleher. Good knee by Barao. Ref separates them. 10-9 Kelleher.
Round 3: Barao firing his jab as Kelleher slings heat. Counter jab by Barao. Right hand lands, flying knee does not. Leg kicks connect. Kelleher with a spinning back fist. Kelleher shoots, denied with a whizzer. Barao exits with a knee a minute in. They trade body blows. Barao combination inside, more jabs. Kelleher cracks him with a clean hook. Spinning back fist to overhand. Jab exchange two minutes in. Kelleher pressuring, stunned by a low kick. Barao ties up, lands an elbow and they trade body blows. Kelleher uppercut connects. Two minutes to go.
They jockey for position. Knee for Barao on the exit. They’re both swinging hard. Spinning elbow, right hand by Kelleher. Barao retreating and Kelleher dings him with a big right hand. Kelleher swinging big on the fence, lands a heavy uppercut. Barao threatens a takedown. One minute to go. Kelleher with another hard uppercut, swinging wild. They trade left hands. Kelleher lands to the body, eats big shots upstairs. They’re trading huge blows. MONSTER right hand from Kelleher. Barao manages to survive. 10-9 Kelleher.
Final result: Kelleher def. Barao by unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Sara McMann vs. Marion Reneau
Round 1: Low kick from McMann, counter right by Reneau. Both falling short with their punches so far. Hard right hand by McMann and she rips her down, taking side control. One minute in. She looks for the crucifix, not there. She gets it briefly and drops right hands. Again two minutes in. Once again. Reneau bridging to get out, but McMann just keeps re-trapping the arm and thumping away. McMann threatens a keylock with two minutes to go.
McMann still chipping away. Reneau looking to frame, eats a right hand. She gets to her knees and McMann looks for the back. North-south with a minute to go. Back to side control. One minute to go. McMann goes back to the crucifix and thumps away before the bell. 10-9 McMann.
Round 2: Reneau sending out her jab. McMann not reaching her with her punches. Fake shot. One minute in. Right hand drops McMann and they trade hard shots. Reneau stuffs a shot, lands a knee on the way up. Another shot. Reneau dropping Browne elbows, gets back to her feet. McMann fakes a shot and lands knees as Reneau takes her to the fence two minutes in. McMann shoots again, takes her down but lands in a triangle. Reneau cinches it up and lands elbows. McMann just sitting there, not defending. Two minutes to go.
Reneau squeezing hard, pulling her arm across. McMann’s forced to tap.
Final result: Reneau def. McMann by submission (triangle choke)
115 lbs.: Angela Hill vs. Maryna Moroz
Round 1: Counter right lands for Hill as Moroz throws from too far out. Another right hand, leg kick, right hand. Moroz right hand. One minute in. Leg kicks and rights from Hill. Moroz tries to change level. Moroz is throwing a lot but landing very little. More kicks from Moroz. Hill with a good leg kick. Moroz ties up after eating a leg kick and they trade knees. Good elbow by Hill on the break. Counter right by Hill after taking a body kick. Two minutes to go.
Hill pressuring, lands on the fence and looks for a takedown. They engage on the fence, more heavy blows from Hill. Moroz has yet to make a dent in Hill, but the inverse is not true. One minute to go. Clean overhand right by Hill while Moroz flicks out kicks. Moroz tries a spinning elbow and Hill looks for a takedown once again. Body kick on the exit. 10-9 Hill.
Round 2: Moroz staying busy with her legs and jab. Front kick lands, but Hill stays on her. Body kick from Hill. Moroz tries to spin. One minute in. Hill lands an overhand right on the fence. Low kick from Hill. Hill ties up on the fence and they trade knees once again. They separate. Two minutes in. Moroz grabs a body lock, but it’s Hill hitting the throw into side control. Moroz regains full guard. Elbows from Hill. Two minutes to go.
Moroz works her way up. Hill fires a knee and right on the break. Moroz keeping up the volume. Low kick from Hill. Teep from Moroz. Counter right from Hill. One minute to go. Hill lands another right. Jab exchange. Moroz ties up on the cage. 10-9 Hill.
Round 3: Moroz busy as usual. Leg kick exchange. Again. Moroz with a teep. Right hand from Hill. One minute in. Moroz finding the mark a bit more. Uppercut from Moroz, left hook from Hill. Hill catches a kick, can’t get on top. Good left hook by Hill. Hill digs to the body after a pair of glancing shots upstairs. Combinations from both women. Hill low kick amid the flurry of jabs. Right hand, knees in the clinch and she takes her to the fence. Two minutes to go.
Left hands landing for Hill. They exchange punches in the center. Counter right from Hill, body kick by Moroz. Stiff jab, leg kick. One minute to go. Combination from Hill, back to the clinch. Knees land. Hill with a quality elbow on the break. More good punches before the bell. 10-9 Hill.
Final result: Hill def. Moroz by unanimous decision
170 lbs.: Alan Jouban vs. Ben Saunders
Round 1: Jouban firing early kicks, takes a right hand. Saunders wades into the clinch with a right hand. They trade knees, Saunders grazing his chin before the exit. Straight left from Jouban a minute in, then a good combination. Low kick from Saunders. Straight right, then two hard ones on the fence that have Jouban shaking his head. Good left hands land for Jouban two minutes in. Saunders lands more good rights. Low kick apparently checked. Jouban lands a couple and a check hook, then a straight left and a knee that Saunders ducks into. They trade on the cage. Two minutes to go.
Saunders lands a right, but gets his leg chopped out from under him. Another inside low kick, combination. Saunders grazes him with a high kick, eats a straight left, then lands a knee-buckling low blow. Back to action with a minute to go. Wheel kick from Jouban blocked. Another hard low kick and an uppercut buckles Saunders. Jouban follows him down, then lets him up when the finish isn’t there. Another hard leg kick. Again. Saunders with a right hand. Another right out of the clinch. 10-9 Jouban.
Round 2: Right hand from Saunders. Saunders looking for the high kick afterwards. Body kick from Jouban, left hands up top. Jouban going to work with punches and elbows. One minute in. More elbows as Saunders fires knees in return. They separate and Jouban tries to spin. Two right hands from Saunders. Leg kick, right hand come back. Jouban trips Saunders up, lands an elbow and body kick. Nasty elbows from Jouban. Jouban lands another inside low kick, then obliterates Saunders with a straight left when “Killa B” straightens back up. KTFO.
Final result: Jouban def. Saunders by KO (punch)
205 lbs.: Sam Alvey vs. Marcin Prachnio
Round 1: Prachnio flicking out early kicks. He tries to spin and Alvey takes him down after catching the leg. Prachnio scrambles up and hauls him to the fence, caught in the front headlock. One minute in. Knees to the thigh from Prachnio. Alvey still holding on. Two minutes in. More knees from Prachnio. He pulls his head free and separates. Two minutes to go.
Low kick from Alvey as he eats a body shot. Prachnio lands a knee downstairs. Hard exchange on the fence. Heavy low kicks land for Alvey. One minute to go. Prachnio digs another body shot, but walks into a right hook that drops him. Alvey tries a front choke on the way up, then slumps him with another savage hook.
Final result: Alvey def. Prachnio by KO (punch)
135 lbs.: Russel Doane vs. Rani Yahya
Round 1: Yahya hits an immediate single-leg. Half guard for Yahya. Short ground-and-pound. One minute in. Doane tries to turn into him, caught in a crucifix neck crank. Yahya putting the squeeze on him from half guard. Two minutes in. Still looking to pass, makes it to side control. Knees to the body. Two minutes to go.
Yahya squeezing hard from side control, sneaking in knees. He abandons the grip and continues the knees, but catches Doane in the spine as he turns away. The ref restarts them on the feet. One minute to go. Doane on the advance. Yahya just circles until the bell. 10-9 Yahya.
Round 2: Yahya shoots, completes a single-leg. Doane holding onto a guillotine, no dice. Yahya moves to the front headlock, transitions beautifully to the back. One minute in. Full boy triangle for Yahya. Yahya softening him up with punches. Two minutes in. more punches from Yahya as Doane plays defense. Two minutes to go.
Doane rolls to his knees, stands with Yahya still attached. One minute to go. He tries to wiggle a bit, talking to his corner. He tries a slam before the bell. 10-8 Yahya.
Round 3: Doane pressuring, fires a front kick. Yahya circles away, catches a body kick for a takedown. Doane scrambles up, winds up on top in half guard a minute in. Yahya hits a lovely sweep. Doane trying to scoot to the fence as Yahya sets up an arm triangle. Two minutes to go. Yahya working to get his leg free, does so. The tap comes a few seconds later.
125 lbs.: Alex Perez vs. Eric Shelton
Round 1: Counter right hand from Shelton early. Low kicks from Perez met by right hands. Another right by Shelton. Again. Perez continues to press forward. One minute in. Good right by Perez met by a 1-2. Shelton shoots and Perez looks to set up a front choke, then takes top guard. Two minutes in. Perez looking for elbows. Shelton rolls to his feet, eats a leg kick. Two minutes to go.
Perez lands a right hand, Shelton comes back with a knee off a caught kick. They trade rights. Perez catches him with a right hand in combination. One minute to go. More pressure. Perez shoots in, eats a knee, separates with a head kick attempt. Low kick from Shelton. Perez completes a single-leg. 10-9 Perez.
Round 2: Perez still advancing. Heavy right hand lands for him. Shelton lands a good counter, denies a takedown, eats a body kick. 1-2 from Perez. One minute in. Perez still pressuring, lands a right hand and denies another takedown. Two minutes in. Shelton trying to use the cage to stand. Perez using good pressure. Two minutes to go.
Perez landing some knees to the thigh. Shelton spins from his butt to his knees, caught in the front headlock. One minute to go. Perez still denying any attempt to stand. 10-9 Perez.
Round 3: Low kick from Perez. Perez ducks a right hand and shoots, sprawled on. Counter right lands for Shelton. Perez leg kick. Another nice counter right from Shelton a minute in. Exchange in the center. Perez with a leg kick and single-leg. Perez denies a switch attempt, stays on him with he goes to his knees. Two minutes in. Knee lands for him when Shelton tries to stand. Shelton manages to scramble up and pursue with strikes. Two minutes to go.
Shelton counters a leg kick with punches. Good right hand. Perez shoots, tries a knee. They exchange 1-2s, neither landing clean. Perez hits another takedown near the fence and settles in guard. One minute to go. Perez moves to the rear waist lock, lands a knee on the way up. 10-9 Perez, but closer than the other two.
Final result: Shelton def. Perez by unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Manny Bermudez vs. Albert Morales
Round 1: They trade jabs early. Low kick from Morales. Right hand buckles Bermudez, who hits a takedown in response and moves right to mount. Morales sweeps into guard and immediately has to deal with a triangle. One minute in. The foot isn’t under his knee yet. Now it is. Morales gives a thumbs-up and postures free. Looking for half guard. Bermudez maintaining guard well two minutes in. Bermudez looks for an omoplata. Morales rolls out, only to land on the bottom. A scramble ensues with two minutes to go.
Bermudez in guard, Morales using butterfly hooks. Now half guard, almost side control, back to full. Morales throwing elbows from his back. One minute to go. Bermudez lands a right hand as Morales kicks him away, stands, and takes him down into half guard. Morales with some good hammerfists, but lands in a guillotine. Bermudez ends the round on top. 10-9 Bermudez.
Round 2: Morales lands another hard right hand early. He looks a lot sharper than Bermudez on the feet. Bermudez shoots, pulls guard. Morales waves him up. More smooth boxing from Morales. Another failed shot to guard pull. One minute in. Bermudez gets in deeper for this guard pull and gets Morales down. Morales eventually gets his wrist free and stands. Two minutes in. Left hook lands for him. Better shot from Bermudez and he transitions from the clinch to a lethal Marcelotine, sweeping into mount to draw the tap.
Final result: Bermudez vs. Morales by submission (guillotine choke)