Steven Peterson


Lands highlight reel knockout
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.
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.
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Lands on ESPN+ 17 card
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.
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.
Drops close fight to Caceres
July 20, 2019
Peterson lost to Alex Caceres via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC San Antonio on Saturday.
Peterson threatened in the first round with a rear-naked choke attempt, but that was likely the peak of the fight for him. He did catch an unfortunate break after an inadvertent headbutt opened up a cut on his hairline and likely affected his vision for the remainder of the bout. The same could be said of Caceres, however, who told his corner he broke his left hand in the first round. That didn't stop Caceres from keeping the striking battle close. Peterson did finish the fight with a late takedown in the third, but it wasn't enough to earn the favor of the judges. Despite the unanimous nature of the decision, this was a very close fight with airtight striking numbers. Peterson drops to 1-3 in the UFC with this result.
Draws Caceres in San Antonio
May 17, 2019
Peterson will take on Alex Caceres in a featherweight matchup at UFC San Antonio on July 20, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
Peterson is 1-2 under the UFC banner after getting his chance on Dana White's Contender Series. Caceres is much more experienced with the promotion, but has alternated wins and losses in his last five fights, most recently getting stopped in the first round by Kron Gracie in February. Peterson is the younger fighter, while Caceres has a three-inch reach advantage. It's a small sample size, but Peterson sports superior marks in striking volume, takedown average and takedown defense, while Caceres does a better job with striking defense.
Struggles at range in loss
March 23, 2019
Peterson lost to Luis Pena via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night 148 in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday.
Peterson attempted to use his wrestling and toughness to secure a victory in this one but Pena was simply too formidable everywhere, lighting him up at range, while stuffing takedown attempts and hitting sweeps when he was brought to the ground. Peterson was able to squeak by Matt Bessette in his last bout in July but doesn't offer much at a high level besides heart, which could make it difficult for him to progress in the organization. He falls to 17-8 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Set to fight Pena at UFC Nashville
February 11, 2019
Peterson will go toe-to-toe with Luis Pena at UFC Nashville on Mar. 23, reports.
"Ocho" will look to build off his last fight - his first victory in the UFC promotion. However, Peterson has a tough opponent in Pena. Although Peterson holds a big advantage in terms of experience (12 more wins and 18 more professional fights), Pena is much larger that him. The 28-year-old will need to overcome a six-inch height disadvantage, as well as five-inch and three-inch disadvantages in reach and leg reach, respectively, in order to bring home another win.