After seeing his career as a lightweight take a nosedive, Stephens dropped down to 145 pounds and hasn’t looked back. Rather, he’s looked fantastic. He brutalized Estevan Payan in his divisional debut and laid out a very game “Jason” last night in less than a minute. With his status as an longtime UFC competitor he should be thrust into the spotlight right away. Give him a featured fight, even co-headliner, with the winner of Diego Brando-Dustin Porier or Cub Swanson and call it a day.
It’s hard to know where to begin when it comes to the evening’s biggest winners at UFC Fight Night 32. After all, nine of the eleven efforts involved finishes including Vitor Belfort’s historic knockout of Dan Henderson in the main event. There was also an upset or two as well as the emergence of names to watch in 2014 like Brandon Thatch and Jeremy Stephens. It was an excellent show from top to bottom, giving fans in Brazil and tuning in at home plenty to cheer about on Saturday night. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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