Steven Peterson
Ocho

USA

Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 3/6/2021
Drops out of February bout
FeatherweightUFC
Out
January 15, 2021
Peterson will no longer face Seungwoo Choi in a featherweight bout at the UFC event Feb. 6, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
The reason for the withdrawal remains unclear, but Peterson won't be taking part in the card. Collin Anglin will step in to face Choi in the featherweight matchup.
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Fight Choi in February
FeatherweightUFC
Out
November 25, 2020
Peterson will take on Seungwoo Choi in a featherweight bout at the UFC event Feb. 6, Cole Shelton of BJPenn.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Peterson will be making his first appearance in the Octagon since September of 2019 when he defeated Martin Bravo by KO. He will hope to avoid running his career losses to double digits against an opponent who has a four-inch reach advantage.
Off Norfolk card
FeatherweightUFC
Out
February 24, 2020
Peterson will no longer face Aalon Cruz at UFC Norfolk on Saturday after withdrawing due to unspecified reasons, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Peterson was forced to withdraw slightly less than three weeks before the scheduled matchup, effectively allowing Spike Carlyle to take his place. Peterson was set for a close matchup with Cruz in terms of the betting odds, but now Cruz is a (-175) favorite for his matchup against Carlyle.
Will fight Aalon Cruz
FeatherweightUFC
Out
December 30, 2019
Peterson will take on Aalon Cruz in a featherweight matchup at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29, Jami Frankenberry of The Virginian-Pilot reports.
ANALYSIS
Peterson has had a relatively disappointing run with the UFC so far, but he won his most recent fight against Martin Bravo via KO (spinning backfist) at UFC Mexico City in September to bring his UFC record to 2-3. However, Peterson's performance during the fight left something to be desired prior to his brilliant finish. Cruz will be making earned a contract at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series against Steven Nguyen via KO (flying knee) in July. Cruz also failed to dominate his fight before a perfectly-timed knee knocked Nguyen out. Cruz carries considerable advantages in height and reach.
Lands highlight reel knockout
FeatherweightUFC
Out
September 21, 2019
Peterson defeated Martin Bravo via KO (spinning backfist) at 1:31 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Mexico City.
ANALYSIS
The highlight-reel knockout was one of the best finishes of 2019, and earned Peterson a $50,000 post-fight bonues. The 29-year-old looked thoroughly mediocre prior to landing one of the more beautiful and cleanest spinning backfists you will ever see. Bravo was out cold immediately. Peterson included a few extra unnecessary shots before referee Herb Dean could finally pull him off his unconscious opponent. There's little reason to get excited about Peterson moving forward, but the finish on Saturday was brilliant.
Lands on ESPN+ 17 card
FeatherweightUFC
Out
August 2, 2019
Peterson will take on Martin Bravo in a featherweight matchup at UFC on ESPN+ 17 in September, Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Peterson, like his opponent, will enter the bout on a two-fight losing streak. Oddly enough, both he and Bravo are also coming off a split decision loss to Alex Caceres, so the two find themselves in very similar positions heading into the September fight. Peterson is 1-3 since he started fighting under the UFC banner.