Jeremy Stephens vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Good straight left hand from Anjos. Stephens stuffs a takedown attempt after almost a minute of sizing each other up. Dos Anjos has Stephens pinned along the cage. Good hip toss takedown from dos Anjos and Stephens turtles up. Dos Anjos doing a good job of keeping Stephens down along fence. Stephens pulls guard, but Anjos tries to pass. Stephens tries a guillotine from his back, but he has no leverage. He lets go. Dos Anjos quickly moves to side control. The Brawilian gets full mount and Stephens reverses him. Dos Anjos pulls guard and locks in a tight omaplata but he can't secure it. Stephens escapes at the bell. 10-9 dos Anjos.
Stephens is stalking while dos Anjos waits for an opening. Stephens stuffs a double leg attempt 90 seconds in. Dos Anjos scoops up Stephens and slams him down, but he falls into a crucifix. Dos Anjos escapes. Dos Anjos seizes Stephens’ back and applies a body triangle. The Brazilian gets a little over zealous and loses his position and has to pull guard. Sporadic bursts of punches from Stephens. Round ends with Stephens hammering out elbows and punches. Stephens takes the close round, 10-9.
They circle, each landing decent leg kicks. Huge right uppercut drops dos Anjos. He's hurt bad and Stephens jumps all over him. He unloads a series of right hands until referee Steve Mazzagatti steps in. Dos Anjos is out. The official time is :39 of the third.