The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday night, Feb. 24, for the promotion’s most recent highly anticipated fight card. This time around, the world’s most famous mixed martial arts promotion hosted UFC on FOX 28 inside the Amway center.
Headlining the night’s event, Team Alpha Male warrior Josh Emmett went toe-to-toe with Alliance MMA’s Jeremy Stephens. Stephens ultimately earned a TKO victory victory over his opponent in the second round, but the win did not come without its controversy.
After dropping Emmett to the canvas, Stephens landed a series of questionable strikes on his opponent. A seemingly illegal knee and collection of allegedly illegal elbow strikes landed on Emmett, finishing the fighter on the ground.
UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was commentating cage side for the event and offered a breakdown of why the landed blows were illegal, though the referee did not officially claim them as such. Check out Cormier’s breakdown of the situation in the video above.
Former UFC bantamweight champion and Alliance MMA teammate Dominick Cruz and the UFC on FOX crew offered their opinions shortly after. Cruz admitted that the strikes were seemingly questionable. However, the former title holder acknowledged that it is the duty of the referee to identify which strikes are illegal.