Jeremy Stephens Explains Illegal Shots, Feels Bad For Emmett, But Defends His Actions

Alliance MMA’s Jeremy Stephens and Team Alpha Male’s Josh Emmett headlined the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s most recent fight card. With the highly anticipated match up now in the books, Stephens has come forward to offer his thoughts on the controversial finish from the fight.

Jeremy Stephens earned a knockout finish over Emmett in the second round of their octagon war at UFC on FOX 28. However, the fighter’s victory has since come under criticism.

Stephens dropped Emmett with a series of strikes, including a knee and collection of elbows to the head that some are claiming were illegal blows. Speaking with the UFC on FOX crew after the fight, Stephens decided to offer his thoughts on the matter.

“The referee, Dan Miragliotta, he said this is the new unified rules.” Stephens said. “If two hands are down, you can lift one hand up to knee. That’s okay. So if he’s on his knees and one hand is up, it is okay to throw a knee.

“I’m not a dirty fighter. I never have been my whole life. I saw an opportunity and I was looking for it. I don’t even think I landed the knee. It was the left hook that dropped him.”

Stephens then took a moment to show his respect for his opponent and his hopes that the fighter will not be damaged from the event.

“I saw Josh Emmett getting out on the stretcher.” Stephens said. “I do not wish that on anyone.”

Check out the full interview down below:

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