Jeremy Stephens versus Calvin Kattar lives up to expectations!
Everyone knew this was going to be a fight of the night candidate, and it did not disappoint. From the opening bell, both warriors went at each other with reckless abandon. Back-and-forth with the punches and kicks, and rarely a thought to grappling.
In the first round, Kattar started to take advantage of his speed advantage, but Jeremy‘s chin held up. Stephens was giving as good as he was getting. A few leg kicks were exchanged, and attempted take downs from both men that went nowhere. The first bell ended the round pretty close to dead even.
Round two began, with both men going at it landing incredible shots. Stephens punches were not quite as accurate or as fast as Kattar’s. Stephens hung in there, exchanging punch-after-punch, kick-after-kick, with neither man backing down.
Finally, the speed and accuracy advantage of Kattar paid off, as he landed a huge right, elbow on Jeremy Stephens’s jaw to knock him down. To Stephens’s credit he was defending, or at least trying to, on the ground. But, when Kattar got on top of him, and started landing punches the referee felt that he had seen enough. Some people might disagree but the stoppage seemed legit, as Jeremy was split open with another elbow while he was on the ground, and it wasn’t likely he was going to recover.
Calvin Kattar cemented his position as a likely top 10 contender, while Jeremy Stephens has to go back to the drawing board and evaluate where he goes from here.