01 Jan UFC 249 results: Calvin Kattar demolishes Jeremy Stephens with brutal elbow strike
Calvin Kattar added to his highlight reel at UFC 249 with a brutal second round knockout against Jeremy Stephens.
The Massachusetts’ native had his work cut out for him, but Kattar got the job done after stepping into an exchange with a right elbow strike that flattened Stephens and sent him crashing to the canvas. Kattar followed up with another elbow that sliced Stephens open, and a moment later, the referee saw enough to stop the fight.
The official time for the KO came at the 2:42 mark of the second round.
“I’ve been learning as I’ve been going, and I’ve been doing it with tough fights,” Kattar said following the knockout victory. “These featherweights are in big trouble when I put it all together.”
Like a ball of fire, Stephens wasted no time launching bombs at Kattar in the opening round while simultaneously chopping down his opponent’s foundation with a series of stiff leg kicks. With Kattar slow out of the gate, Stephens was able to control the pace early, pressing forward and setting up his combinations with power behind almost every shot.
The momentum began to shift after Kattar finally found an opening with a devastating right hand that snapped Stephens’ head back and forced the 33-time UFC veteran to respect his boxing.
As the action continued the exchanges came in rapid fire succession, but Kattar was starting to connect with more accuracy and doing his own damage to Stephens’ legs.
The end came in dramatic fashion with both featherweight stepping forward looking to do damage. But it was Kattar who blasted Stephens with the elbow that ultimately sealed his fate. As Stephens got off the canvas, blood was pouring down his face. Kattar nursed a mashed nose and celebrated his win.
CALVIN KATTAR GETS IT DONE! @CalvinKattar closes the show in the second! #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/cQtDkij5UI
— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020
With the victory, Kattar moves to 3-1 in his past four fights, with his only setback coming against highly touted featherweight contender Zabit Magomedsharipov. Unfortunately the knockout counted as Stephens’ fourth straight defeat with his last win coming in 2018.