Steven Peterson
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.
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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.
Takes split decision over Matt Bessette at the TUF 27 Finale
July 6, 2018
Peterson defeated Matt Bessette via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at the TUF 27 Finale on Friday in Las Vegas.
Bessette appeared to surprise Peterson with his striking. While Peterson was throwing hard single shots, Bessette was coming back with combinations and landing. He was not landing with a lot of power, but he was clearly winning the striking battle. In the second round, Peterson went to his grappling at that turned out to be the difference. He took Bessette down and held the back. Peterson repeated that again in the third and took the fight.
Loses hard-fought unanimous decision in Austin
February 18, 2018
Peterson was defeated by Brandon Davis via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 26-30) at UFC Fight Night on Sunday in Austin.
Peterson showed his toughness in this fight, but never really had a chance against Davis. From the opening bell the story of the fight was the footwork of Davis and Peterson's inability to land punches. Davis did a good job of moving in, landing a few shots, and slipping punches on his way out. "Ocho" was never able to find his offense, and in the third round he was very bloody from the amount of strikes he absorbed throughout the fight. Peterson was drilled by a knee late in the third round and was wobbled, but he survived to the end.
Will now face Brandon Davis
February 9, 2018
Peterson will no longer take on Humberto Bandenay, who was removed from the UFC Austin event due to visa issues, but will instead face off against Brandon Davis on Feb. 18, Danny Segura of reports.
Somewhat luckily for Peterson, the promotion was able to fix the situation immediately, plugging in another relative newcomer in Davis to face Peterson. This will be "Ocho's" UFC debut after being a competitor on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series this past August.
Booked for Austin event
February 6, 2018
Peterson (wrist) will take on Humberto Bandenay in a featherweight matchup at UFC Austin on Feb. 18, reports.
Peterson will be making his UFC debut at the age of 27 after spending much of his career to date fighting under the Legacy Fighting Alliance banner. He was featured on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series in August, but lost a split decision to Benito Lopez. "Ocho" will now be given a chance to make his UFC debut, where he'll move up to featherweight to face a 23-year-old prospect in Bandenay. Peterson has been incredibly tough to stop in his 22-fight professional career, having never been submitted and only falling via KO/TKO once. Bandenay will be one of his toughest tests to date, however.