UFC Fight Night: Emmett vs. Stephens Preview
A preview of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card, set to take place in Orlando, Fla.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2018 • 9:05 AM ET
Jeremy Stephens is looking to make an even bigger imprint on the UFC.
At UFC Fight Night in Orlando, Fla. this Saturday night, Jeremy Stephens and Josh Emmett will both attempt to capitalize on the momentum each gained from their last fight. In each of their last fights, both Stephens and Emmett won impressively by knockout.
Emmett, ranked fourth in the featherweight division, is coming off the win of his career after his one-punch knockout of former title challenger Ricardo Lamas in December. Emmett failed to make weight for the fight after taking it on short notice, but he still looked impressive and certainly put himself on everyone’s radar. The California native is 4-1 in the UFC and 13-1 overall.
Stephens, the No. 7 ranked featherweight, is a true UFC veteran that has fought for the organization since 2007 — Yet, he’s still only 31 years old. The man nicknamed “Lil’ Heathen” is coming off a second round knockout of Dooho Choi at UFC Fight Night in St. Louis in January.
Saturday’s fight will be a quick turnaround for Stephens, but a win could put him one fight away from a title shot. The former lightweight turned featherweight has never fought for a title in his lengthy career, but has also never looked as good as he has since moving to featherweight.
Stephens has key victories over Gilbert Melendez, Rafael Dos Anjos, Renan Barao, Darren Elkins and Choi. Aside from those victories, he has fought the divisions’ top contenders, including champion Max Holloway, Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson, losing to each by a close decision.
Saturday’s co-main event will be a women’s strawweight fight between No. 2 Jessica Andrade and No. 5 Tecia Torres.
Andrade is 5-1 in her last six fights with the only loss being to former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. The former title challenger is coming off a dominant victory over Claudia Gadelha in September and is likely one more win away from a second title shot.
Torres is 6-1 in the UFC with her only loss coming to current champion Rose Namajunas. She’s coming off a unanimous decision victory over Michelle Waterson in December, and win over Andrade in Orlando would represent the biggest victory of Torres’ career.
The rest of the main card
Saturday’s main card will also feature a light heavyweight fight between No. 5 Ovince Saint Preux and No. 9 Ilir Latifi. Saint Preux is riding a three-fight win streak after his third-round knockout of Corey Anderson at UFC 217 in November, while Latifi is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Tyson Pedro in September.
Rounding out the main card will be a welterweight fight between Mike Perry and Max Griffin. Perry is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio in December, while Griffin is coming off a loss to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in October.
Bantamweight fight - Renan Barao vs. Brian Kelleher
Women’s bantamweight fight - No. 7 Sara McMann vs. No. 8 Marion Reneau
Women’s strawweight fight - No. 14 Maryna Moroz vs. Angela Hill
Welterweight fight - Ben Saunders vs. Alan Jouban
UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims
Light heavyweight fight - Sam Alvey vs. Marcin Prachnio
Bantamweight fight - Rani Yahya vs. Russell Doane
Flyweight fight - Eric Shelton vs. Alex Perez
Bantamweight fight - Albert Morales vs. Manny Bermudez