UFC featherweight contender Jeremy Stephens earned a hard-fought victory against Gilbert Melendez on Saturday night.
At UFC 215, Melendez made his featherweight debut in the UFC. Even though he didn’t earn a victory, he did show a lot of heart and toughness.
Early in the fight, Stephens landed a leg kick that did severe damage to Melendez’s leg. The former Strikeforce champion’s leg was injured to the point to where he was dropped numerous times throughout the fight due to leg kicks.
Even though he was injured, Melendez would not give up. Everytime Melendez got knocked down, he got right back up and started swinging punches.
In the end, Stephens was not able to finish Melendez, but he did earn a unanimous decision victory.
In the video below, you can see Stephens earn an impressive win over Melendez. You can also see just how tough Melendez truly is.