After a quick, tumultuous, and unsatisfying finish to their fight last weekend, Yair Rodriguez and Jeremy Stephens already have another bout scheduled in the near future.
The fighters’ bout was the main event at UFC Mexico City, but fans were left frustrated when the fight ended in just fifteen seconds due to an eye poke from Rodriguez. After a few minutes, Stephens was deemed unable to continue, and the fight was ruled a no-contest. Fans reacted by booing and throwing water bottles, food, and cups into the Octagon and at Stephens and his team as they walked out. Stephens was later found to have a “deep scratch” on his eye and immediately wanted a rematch with his opponent.
Now, Dana White has confirmed to ESPN that on October 18, Rodriguez and Stephens will get a rematch at Boston’s UFC on ESPN 6. Their bout will serve as the co-main event for the evening; Dominick Reyes vs. Chris Weidman will be the main event.
Given the tension that’s been boiling over between Stephens and Rodriguez, we can expect this fight to be explosive (barring any future injuries, of course). In under a month, we’ll see if Stephens can come back from his injury to defeat Rodriguez and settle the beef between them.