Tape rankings @ Featherweight
Who won Rodriguez vs Stephens?
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 145 pounds (10.4 stone or 65.8 KG).
Rodriguez vs Stephens stats
Yair Rodriguez stepped into the ring with a record of 12 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 4 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 3 by submission.
Jeremy Stephens made his way to the ring with a record of 28 wins, 16 loses and 0 draws, with 19 of those wins by knock out and 2 by submission.
The stats suggested Stephens had a massive power advantage over Rodriguez, boosting at 68% knock out percentage over Rodriguez's 33%.
Yair Rodriguez was the younger man by 7 years, at 28 years old.
Rodriguez had a height advantage of 2 inches over Stephens. Despite this, both fighters had equal reach.
Rodriguez was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 30 less fights, and made his debut in 2011, 6 year and 8 months later than Stephens, whose first professional fight was in 2005. He had fought 66 less professional rounds, 39 to Stephens' 105.
Rodriguez vs Stephens form
Jeremy Stephens had stopped 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Calvin Kattar at UFC 249 on 9th May 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Yair Rodriguez at UFC on ESPN 6 on 18th October 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at TD Garden, Boston.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Yair Rodriguez at UFC on ESPN+ 17 on 21st September 2019 by unanimous decision in the 1st round at Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico.
Before that, he had lost to Jose Aldo at UFC on FOX 30 on 28th July 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Canada.
He had defeated Josh Emmett at UFC on FOX 28 on 24th February 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at Amway Center, Orlando, United States.
Stephens' last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 6 months and 24 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 17 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.8 rounds on average.