A source with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that Klose will receive his show money, as well as the promotional guidelines compliance pay from the UFC’s sponsorship deal with Venum. Klose was scheduled to compete in his eighth UFC bout, which would make the sponsorship pay at $6,000.
ESPN was first to report Klose getting his show money.
Klose and Stephens were set to meet in a lightweight matchup at the APEX on a card headlined by Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum. During the event staredowns on Friday, Stephens forcefully shoved Klose which subsequently led to the Arizona fighter suffering a cervical sprain of the neck and a concussion.
According to Klose, he was taken to the UFC PI after Stephens’ shove where staff looked after him. However, the next morning he woke up with a migraine and nausea. After taking medicine and resting, he later vomited and was then told by a UFC doctor to go to the hospital.
In a recent interview with TSN, UFC president Dana White was asked about whether or not a rule should be implemented to make sure nothing like what happened between Stephens and Klose happens again. White would put some of the responsibility on the third man on the stage, matchmaker Sean Shelby.
“There is a rule,” White said. “That’s why we’re there. Sean Shelby missed that one. Sean and I see this thing differently. I saw it on social media and called him immediately. ... I saw the thing happen on social media and I called Sean and I was like, ‘Where was your head on that one?’ He was coming in hot and it’s Jeremy Stephens, he’s a savage.
“I mean, we’re not standing there to look good and take pictures. We’re there to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
As of now, Stephens was not publicly penalized for the incident and the plan is to rebook the lightweight matchup at a later date.