Jeremy Stephens is expected to get back to action after suffering an eye injury at UFC Fight night 159 at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City.
Stephens vs. Yair Rodriguez headlined UFC Mexico City on Saturday Sept. 21, but the fight only lasted 15 seconds. Rodriguez accidentally poked Stephens in the eye. The bout was waved off and ruled a no contest after Stephens could not open his left eye.
Later on in an interview, Stephens revealed that he had suffered a ‘deep scratch’ and ‘deep bruise’ of his left eye but the good news for the fans is that the UFC veteran is making a speedy recovery.
“Everything’s all right,” Stephens said. “I’m going to the doctor later today to get this cleared and get (an) on-the-American-soil opinion and everything’s all good. It’s a little sore. I have a laceration, a small cut over both my eyes, but all in all nothing major, which is good.
“It’s one of them little freaky things. I’ve had my eye orbital broken in the Donald Cerrone fight, and that dude is a killer. Way more fierce than the karate kid (Yair Rodriguez), and it’s just one of those weird things, I can’t explain it. I’ve been in 50 fights, amateur and pro, and it’s one of those weird things. It just sucks.”
It is yet to be seen whether UFC will book the fight again but it mainly depends on Stephens recovery. For now, Stephens has to wait for 180 days or be cleared by an ophthalmologist.