Mike Richman vs. Akop Stepanyan
Our lone non-title, non-tournament final fight kicks off the main card, as Mike Richman (15-3) meets Akop Stepanyan (13-6) in the featherweight division. The two have a combined 13 knockout finishes in their careers. The referee in charge will be Herb Dean.
Round 1: Richman out quickly, taking the center of the cage. Stepanyan showing some quick hands, snapping off a left and following it up with a spinning back fist that grazes the face. Stepanyan snaps off another left, and follows up with a right that connects. Richman appears to be a little flat-footed here in the early going. Nice 1-2 combo from the Russian gets through. Some wild strikes by Stepanyan, as Richman is more precise, taking his time and looking for an opening. A good exchange of jabs in the middle of the cage, as this has been an all-stand up affair through three-plus minutes. A third spinning attack by Stepanyan is blocked. Richman catches him with a left to the chin and follows up with a right, but Stepanyan remains standing. Straight right from Stepanyan hurts Richman, who is backing up and eats another shot. Left from Richman drops Stepanyan straight to the canvas and he follows up with a double hammerfist, forcing the referee to step in. This one is all over folks, despite Stepanyan protesting the stoppage, he appeared out. The back of Stepanyan’s head snapped off the mat, which will always force the ref to call it.
Mike Richman def. Akop Stepanyan via KO (strikes) at 4:05 of Round 1