Fight fans got another look at an illegal knee earlier tonight (Sat., Mar. 13, 2021) at UFC Vegas 21 live on ESPN+ from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, when a middleweight bout between Eryk Anders and Darren Stewart ended in the first round due to an accidental strike.
Remember, fight fans saw Aljamain Sterling claim the undisputed UFC bantamweight championship over Petr Yan last weekend at UFC 259 due to an illegal knee (see it HERE).
Both middleweights came out firing heavy shots as Stewart seemed to be the more polished striker in the early going. That was until Anders cracked him with a massive punch that nearly ended the fight. Anders piled on punches and referee Herb Dean was close to stopping the fight. Stewart survived, but Anders ended up framing him and landing an illegal knee along the cage, which was eventually ruled an accidental blow. The cageside doctor stepped in and deemed Stewart unfit to continue.
Check out the final sequence below courtesy of UFC/ESPN:
It would make sense to run this fight back as soon as possible considering both middleweights were exchanging heavy leather, but who knows at this point.
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