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UFC 249 Fight Preview: Jeremy Stephens Vs. Calvin Kattar

The UFC is billing Saturday’s UFC 249 [1] event as the most stacked card of 2020, and with featherweights Jeremy Stephens and Calvin Kattar on it, they might be right.

Stephens and Kattar are very exciting fighters looking to make an impact as they step back into action from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.

The ESPN+ pay-per-view main card features Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje colliding for the interim UFC lightweight belt, while in the co-main event Henry Cejudo [2] defends his bantamweight title against former champion Dominick Cruz.

Jeremy Stephens

A veteran of both MMA and the UFC, Jeremy Stephens will be competing for the 47th time in his career.

Recently, though, Stephens has been stuck in neutral. He dropped a pair of bouts to former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Zabit Magomedsharipov before a no-contest with Yair Rodriguez in 2019.

The following month, he lost a decision to Rodriguez, falling to 28-17 overall. Still, you know Stephens has power as evident by his 19 career knockout wins.

His last victory was such, as he finished Josh Emmett in 2018.

Calvin Kattar

The 32-year-old Calvin Kattar shares many similarities with Stephens, including a loss to Magomedsharipov. That came in his last bout, which was back in November.

Prior to the setback, Kattar had scored back-to-back finishes over Ricardo Lamas and Chris Fishgold. He stands 20-4 overall with nine knockout and three more submission wins to his resume.

UFC 249 Fight Card

MAIN CARD (ESPN+ Pay-Per-View)

Interim UFC Lightweight Championship
Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje

UFC Bantamweight Championship
Henry Cejudo (c) vs. Dominick Cruz

Heavyweight: Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Featherweight: Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar

Heavyweight: Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN)

Welterweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis

Heavyweight: Alexey Oleinik vs. Fabricio Werdum

Strawweight: Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson

Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+)

Welterweight: Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price

Featherweight: Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa

Light Heavyweight: Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey