Stephens-Kattar Added To UFC 249 In Brooklyn
A fight that could determine the future of Jeremy Stephens is official for UFC 249 on April 18. Initially reported a few weeks ago and confirmed by Newsday this week, Jeremy Stephens will face off against Calvin Kattar.
Both Stephens (28-17, 1NC) and Kattar (20-4) were set to meet at UFC 248 in March, but MMA Junkie reported an injury by Stephens forced the featherweight fight to be moved.
This is a make or break contest for Stephens, who hasn’t won a bout since 2018. In his last four fights he is 0-3 with one no-contest. After beating Josh Emmett via KO, his three-fight win streak ended at the hands of Jose Aldo at UFC on Fox 30 via TKO. He then lost to Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 235 via unanimous decision, before having a series of unfortunate fights against Yair Rodriguez. In the first fight at UFC Mexico, Rodriguez accidentally poked Stephens in the eye and the latter was unable to continue. The rematch took place at UFC Boston in October, with Rodriguez wining a thrilling affair via unanimous decision.
Kattar, on the other hand, has a different path. He will look to get back in the win column following a loss to Zabit Magomedsharipov via unanimous decision back in November. That ended a two-fight win streak against Chris Fishgold and Ricardo Lamas. The 31-year-old is 2-2 in his last four fights.
UFC 249 takes place inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The main event of the bout is Khabib Nurmagomedov defending his Lightweight Title against Tony Ferguson. Other fights on the card that were announced include:
Jessica Andrade (20-7) v. Rose Namajunas (9-4) – Strawweight contender bout
Sijara Eubanks (5-4) v. Sarah Moras (6-6) – Bantamweight bout
Khama Worthy (15-6) v. Ottman Azaitar (12-0) – Lightweight bout
Gian Villante (17-11) v. Ben Rothwell (37-12) – Heavyweight bout
Uriah Hall (16-9) v. Jacare Souza (26-8) – Middleweight bout
Shamil Adurakhimov (20-5) v. Ciryl Gane (6-0) – Heavyweight bout
Early prelims for UFC 249 will begin at 6:15 p.m. ET / 3:15 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass on ESPN+. The Preliminary card will start at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, while the main card on ESPN+ will air at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. ET.