A UFC featherweight meeting between top fifteen contenders, Jeremy ‘Lil Heathen’ Stephens, and, Calvin Kattar has been matched for UFC 248 on March 7th. Both strikers will attempt to return to the win column, following decision defeats to Yair Rodríguez, and Zabit Magomedsharipov recently. News of the matchup at 145-pounds was first reported by MMA Junkie writers, Mike Bohn and Nolan King.
The explosive hitter, Jeremy Stephens, is looking to prevent a fourth straight loss at featherweight and kickstart his year, following losses to Rodríguez, Magomedsharipov, and former division best, José Aldo. Two years ago, Stephens was making a steady climb toward championship challenger status, following two straight brutal knockouts of Josh Emmet, and Doo Ho Choi, after a decision shutout against former Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez.
Boston native, Kattar, made his promotional bow just three years ago and has quickly established himself as a legitimate contender at featherweight. The 31-year-old lost a close bout to the aforementioned Magomedsharipov recently, in a bout which Zabit was seemingly slowing down dramatically in. With sharp hands and boxing, Kattar has handed defeats to fellow prospects, Andre Fili, Shane Burgos, and Chris Fishgold – as well as a knockout of former featherweight title challenger, Ricardo Lamas. Between Stephens and Kattar, the pair have a combined twenty-eight separate knockout finishes.
UFC 248 takes place on March 7th. from the T-Mobile Arena, with no main event currently set by the promotion. In a co-main event pairing, Zhang Weili will look to defend her strawweight title for the first time, as she meets former division queen, Joanna Jędrzejczyk. In a monstrous middleweight meeting, former champion, Robert Whittaker takes on rising contender, Jared Cannonier. At 170-pounds, Neil Magny returns as he takes on Li Jingliang. In a meeting of lightweight contenders, talented grappler, Beneil Dariush is paired with Drakkar Klose. At 115-pounds, Emily Whitmire matches up with Polyana Viana. In a bantamweight clash, Guido Cannetti squares off against Danna Batgerel.
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