Jeremy Stephens
Lil' Heathen

USA

Winless streak hits five
FeatherweightUFC
May 9, 2020
Stephens lost to Calvin Kattar via KO (elbows) at 2:42 of Round 2 at UFC 249 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
It's been a lousy 36 hours for Stephens. He missed weight on Friday morning by a whopping 4.5 pounds. Then he forfeited 30 percent of his purse to Kattar for the fight to proceed, only to get his face smashed in on Saturday night. Stephens actually won Round 1, but his one-dimensional brawling style once again did him in. Kattar cracked him with a vicious left elbow in Round 2 and Stephens quickly crumbled. Stephens has refused to make any adjustments to his game for years, and the results reflect that. The soon-to-be 34-year-old has now lost four fights in a row and is without a win (0-4, 1NC) in his past five bouts dating back to February 2018.
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Fight with Kattar still on
FeatherweightUFC
May 8, 2020
Stephens will still take on Calvin Kattar at UFC 249 on Saturday despite missing weight for the featherweight bout, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
According to Jose Youngs of MMAFighting.com, Stephens will be fined 30 percent of his fight purse after missing weight by 4.5 pounds Friday morning. He remains one of the larger betting underdogs on the pay-per-view portion of the card, checking in at approximately (+235) as of Friday afternoon.
Misses weight, negotiations underway
FeatherweightUFC
May 8, 2020
Stephens missed weight by 4.5 pounds for his scheduled featherweight matchup against Calvin Kattar at UFC 249 on May 9, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's a large weight miss for Stephens, making it unclear at this time if the fight will go on as planned during the pay-per-view portion of Saturday's card. Typically, if the commission allows the fight to proceed, Stephens would be fined a portion of his fight purse 20 percent or greater. He currently sits as approximately a (+235) betting underdog, should the fight ultimately take place.
Official for UFC 249
FeatherweightUFC
April 26, 2020
Stephens will officially take on Calvin Kattar in a featherweight matchup at UFC 249 on May 9.
ANALYSIS
This is a matchup that was originally scheduled for UFC 248 and later moved to UFC 249's originally-scheduled date of April 18. While plans for that event were ultimately scrapped, the UFC has now found a location in Florida and will proceed with this bout on the pay-per-view portion of the card. Stephens is on a three-fight losing streak and enters this fight as a (+215) betting underdog. He needs a win here to stay on the outskirts of the featherweight title picture and avoid gatekeeper status moving forward.
Could face Kattar May 9
FeatherweightUFC
April 14, 2020
Stephens and Kattar have verbally agreed to a target date of May 9 for their featherweight bout, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The bout was scheduled to take place this weekend at UFC 249, but the event was canceled due to coronavirus, and all company events remain postponed until further notice. UFC has been exploring creative ways to get things running again, and it appears Stephens and Kattar could be apart of that return if it happens May 9.
Facing Kattar at UFC 249
FeatherweightUFC
April 6, 2020
Stephens will officially take on Calvin Kattar in a featherweight matchup at UFC 249 on April 18.
ANALYSIS
The two had verbally agreed to a matchup at UFC 248 on March 7, but will end up having it out a little over a month later after all. This is a must-win matchup for Stephens to prove he still belongs in the conversation of elite featherweights, as he's without a win in his last four fights (albeit against elite competition). Kattar has fared a bit better of late, going 2-2 in his last four and even taking top prospect Zabit Magomedsharipov the distance in his last bout. Kattar has better numbers in terms of striking volume, but Stephens gets hit a bit less and has more of a wrestling game to speak of. Oddsmakers are pegging Stephens as approximately a (+215) betting underdog as of Monday evening.