UFC 249, Calvin Kattar finishes Stephens with elbow in second round

Calvin Kattar finishes Stephens with elbow in second round

Calvin Kattar with a huge knockout win

UFC fights are back.

On Saturday night, May 9, UFC 249 takes place in Jacksonville, Fla. following a two-month hiatus for the promotion. 

Inside an empty Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the card features two championship bouts. Interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson defends his belt against Justin Gaethje in the main event. 

In the co-main event, bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo is up against Dominick Cruz, who returns to the octagon following a four-year layoff. 

In a featherweight bout, Jeremy Stephens goes against Calvin Kattar during the event’s main card. Stephens tipped the scales at 150.5 lbs., 4.5 over his mark. Stephens is looking for his first win in four fights. He most recently lost a unanimous decision to Yair Rodriguez at UFC on ESPN 6 in October 2019.

Kattar is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC oN ESPN+ 21 on Nov. 11, 2019. The loss snapped a two-fight win streak for “The Boston Finisher.”

Here is how the featherweight bout between Jeremy Stephens and Calvin Kattar went down at UFC 249, including round-by-round scoring. For full results of the event, you can check them out right here.

ROUND 1

Both opt not to touch gloves, Stephens fakes a leg kick as he closes the distance. Stephens throws heavy hands early and takes the center of the octagon. Stephens lands a big right hand as he backs up Kattar. Kattar lands a low kick and then lands a jab to the body. Kattar lands another low kick, but Stephens pushing the pace early. Stephens remains in the center and lands a low kick. Kattar counters with a low leg kick of his own. Stephens lands an outside leg kick, followed by another leg kick. Kattar’s left leg is bright red from the leg kicks on Stephens. Kattar lands a leg kick, but Stephens counters a low leg kick. Stephens lands a big body shot, but Kattar lands a jab shortly after. Kattar lands a combination, but Stephens buckles Kattar with another leg kick. Kattar switches stances, trying to avoid more leg kicks. Kattar lands a right hand and snaps Stephens’ head back. Stephens goes to the body late, Kater tries to counter.

MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Stephens

ROUND 2

Kattar starts the second round with some leg kicks and Stephens’ lead leg is showing some swelling. Kattar continues to work on the lead leg of Stephens. Stephens responds by changing stances briefly. Kattar lands a lead jab, while Stephens counters with a right cross. Kattar with a clean combination, lands some big shots. Stephens lands a inside leg kick on Katter. Both guys staying active, exchanging. Katter lands a right elbow on the chin and puts Stephens to the floors. Kattar gets on top and continues to land elbows and punches until referee Jason Herzog pulls him off. Stephens is bleeding badly above his right eye.

Official result: Calvin Kattar def. Jeremy Stephens by TKO [strikes] at 2:42 in the second round.

 

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