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UFC 249: Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar Preview

It’s feels like forever since we witnessed the last live MMA event. Everyone’s been waiting for a card to be put together from the MMA leader. Dana White has done just that, with the most stacked card of the year in UFC 249. Headlining the card is the lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje. The co-main event features a Bantamweight title fight with the champ Henry Cejudo taking on the returning Dominick Cruz. The rest of the card is lined with big fights as well. Any of these fights could headline a card on an ordinary day.

#7 ranked Jeremy “Lil Heathen” Stephens (28-17-0, 1NC) is set to take on #9 ranked Calvin “The Boston Finisher” Kattar (20-4-0) in a Featherweight bout. Both of these hard-hitting men are coming off of losses and will look to climb the rankings with a win.

Jeremy Stephens

Jeremy Stephens is coming off a UD loss to Yair Rodriguez. Coupled with the fact that he hasn’t won a fight since February 2018, when he finished Josh Emmet, he will come out guns blazing. The 33-year-old Mexican descendant has gained the reputation of being a knockout artist over the years. His 13-year stint in the UFC has seen him amass wins over notable fighters, such as Gilbert Melendez, Doo Ho Choi, Dennis Bermudez, Darren Elkins, and RDA, to name a few. He will look to dispose Kattar at the earliest and climb his way up for a title shot.

Calvin Kattar

Standing across him inside the octagon will be the Massachusetts-born and bred Calvin Kattar. Like Stephens, Kattar is known for having heavy hands and delivering vicious knockout blows. Kattar is coming off a UD loss against top 145lb contender Zabit Magomedsharipov. Prior to that fight, he had turned a few heads. He finished the likes of Chris Fishgold and veteran Ricardo Lamas inside one round. A year younger to Stephens, Kattar will be looking to fight some of the division’s finest as he makes his way up the featherweight rankings.

This bout is definitely a sure contender for the fight of the night, as both men are as tough as they come. Expect to see fireworks and hard punches to be thrown for a back and forth 15 minutes.

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