In what used to be fully a standup battle, Kattar (21-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) salvage a gap to land a sickening elbow within the 2nd round that dropped and stopped Stephens (28-18 MMA, 15-17 UFC) for the thrilling enact. The time of the stoppage used to be 2: 42.
Stephens came out alongside with his long-established aggression, throwing exhausting punches and a crisp physique kick at Kattar. He followed with a exhausting beautiful hand, which aded up to a stable beginning for “Lil’ Heathen.” Kattar struggled to get proper into a groove, but landed some factual leg kicks in between Stephens’ attacks. Both men settled into the battle, but Stephens used to be clearly leading the dance within the foremost round, despite the indisputable fact that Kattar recovered some early misplaced ground.
Both men confirmed visible fracture from leg kicks going into the 2nd round, and they also started the physique by battering each assorted there some more. Stephens seemed to please in the more serious of it, but it didn’t halt him from pushing forward. Kattar obtained self belief, though, and began to salvage his range a pair minutes into the round. He tagged Stephens with hooks and uppercuts, despite the indisputable fact that Stephens confirmed his feeble savvy and didn’t enable himself to be flustered. He got too chuffed, though, as a result of Kattar landed a huge beautiful elbow that dropped Stephens. He swarmed with some punches, busting Stephens beginning with one more elbow and forcing the battle to be called off at the 2: 42 impress of Round 2.
“I’ve been discovering out as I’ve been going and I’ve been doing it with tricky fights,” Kattar talked about in his post-battle interview with Joe Rogan. “I’m delighted to be right here and I if truth be told feel tackle I’m beautiful scratching these surface and there featherweights are in enormous anguish after I save it all collectively.”
The catchweight bout (Stephens ignored the featherweight limit) used to be a part of the UFC 249 predominant card at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. It aired on pay-per-observe following prelims on ESPN/ESPN+ and early prelims on UFC War Pass/ESPN+.
Up-to-the-minute UFC 249 results embody:
- Calvin Kattar def. Jeremy Stephens via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2: 42
- Greg Hardy def. Yorgan De Castro via unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Anthony Pettis def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Aleksei Oleinik def. Fabricio Werdum via fracture up resolution (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Carla Esparza def. Michelle Waterson via fracture up resolution (27-30, 29-28, 30-27)
- Vicente Luque def. Niko Tag via TKO (physician’s stoppage) – Round 3, 3: 37
- Bryce Mitchell def. Charles Rosa via unanimous resolution (30-25, 30-25, 30-24)
- Ryan Spann def. Sam Alvey via fracture up resolution (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)