Round 1: Stephens opens with pressure that leads into a brief clinch and they separate. Leg kick by Stephens and another thai clinch. Downes pops the jab as he circles away. Stephens clips Downes with a looping shot that sends him backing into the cage. Downes turns into Stephens and separates. Stephens staling now, and lands a couple leg kicks, followed by a hook that just misses. Straight right for Downes lands follows with a leg kick. Right hook to the body from Stephens. Downes carrying his left hand mighty low, could be an epic mistake against “Lil’ Heathen.” Stephens stalks and rips a flurry of uppercuts and hooks to Downe’s chin. Solid chin from Danny Downes. Another violent flurry from Stephens rocks Downes’ body. Downes bloody now as he is leaking from the top of his head somewhere. The round ends with Stephens stalking. MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Stephens.
Round 2: Stephens opens with a body kick and Downes rushes in for a takedown, they clinch and Downes pulls guard into a guillotine and it’s tight! Danny Downes has Stephens in a tight guillotine! Stephens powers out however, and he is posturing and landing huge bombs to the face of Downes. Stephens now in side control and he’s looking for a Kimura, all he has to do is step over. It’s trouble for Danny Downes. Oh wow, the arm is twisted all the way behind his head, he should be tapping but he’s not. Wow. Stephens lets it go and lands a thudding elbow to a prone Downes. Great heart from Danny Downes. He stands up and the crowd roars. Downes with a kick to the body. Stephens counters with a violent uppercut that just misses. Stephens takes a brief groin shot, and the action is halted. Back to action and Stephens is stalking again and rips a right uppercut, and apparently Danny Downes is immune to getting punched in the face. Stephens with a takedown as the round ends. MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 for Stephens.
Round 3: Stephens with an amazing 3-strike combo to open the round, followed by an explosive takedown. Stephens picks Downes up and slams him across the cage, ala Trigg vs. Hughes 2. Very nice. Stephens now in side control, transitioning to the back, and lands a knee to the skull of Downes. Downes pouring blood from his forehead now as Stephens pummels him in the corner from the clinch. Downes with a vicious knee coming off a separation and Stephens comes back to clinch. Stephens now with a body lock on Downes as he looks to drag him to the mat, but they separate. Stephens with a quick trip takedown and is landing slicing elbows to the face of Downes as he lays on the canvas. Stephens transitions to mount, lands a few brutal shots, takes Downes’ back, sinks in a choke, and the round ends. Great performance from Jeremy Stephens. MMAWeekly scores round three 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Stephens.