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UFC on FOX 24 live blog: Jeremy Stephens vs. Renato Moicano

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

This is the UFC on FOX 24 live blog for Jeremy Stephens vs. Renato Moicano, a featherweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Stephens, who is 2-2 in his last four fights, will face Moicano, who is 2-0 in the UFC, on the main card.

Check out the UFC on FOX 24 live blog below.

Round 1: Both men come out and exchange some heavy low kicks. Stephens is pressuring lightly and Moicano is circling constantly and striking from range. Still not a ton of action but Moicano is getting the better of it. Stephens can't yet navigate the range Moicano is setting. Stephens is stalking forward at this point and winging huge shots but coming up empty. Moicano times a double leg and gets Stephens down in the middle of the cage. Stephens looks for a kimura from bottom half. Moicano defends and chips away with elbows to the thighs. The round ends in this stalemate. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Moicano.

Round 2: Both men back in the center of the cage. Stephens goes for the double and it's pretty good but Moicano defends. Stephens lands a good right hand over the top. Moicano is a little less mobile so far in this round. Stephens' leg kicks might have something to do with that as he lands another hard one. Stephens having much more success getting Moicano back against the cage and landing punches. Moicano finally lands a good combination as Stephens comes forward. He's back on his bike and Stephens is now chasing again. Stephens is trying to get Moicano in a brawl but he's not having any of it. Still,, Moicano hasn't landed a ton of offense this round. Moicano's defense was good for the round but not enough offense off of it. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Stephens.

Round 3: The third round will probably decide this one and Moicano looks slightly fresher to start. There's a bit of a brawling exchange in the center and Moicano gets double underhooks and completes the takedown. He's in Stephens' full guard and Stephens is doing a good job of preventing damage. Stephens gets up but eats a big punch doing so. Stephens back to stalking but he's much slower of foot now and Moicano's movement is still good. Moicano ducks under a jab and Stephens stuffs the shot with ease. He's still stalking but not getting anything done and Moicano is landing good leg kicks, one of which buckles Stephens' lead knee a little bit. Stephens is relentless with winging punches but he's finding nothing but air and his nose is busted up and bleeding from Moicano's jab. Moicano's footwork has been tremendous in this fight. Stephens lands a good uppercut to the body but can'tget anything else behind it. Moicano lands a big three piece. Stephens keeps chasing, swinging and missing. Moicano shoots and Stephens stuffs it. Moicano lands a stiff right hook at the bell. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Moicano (29-28 Moicano overall).

UFC Fight Night: Kansas City official results: Renato Moicano def. Jeremy Stephens by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

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