Watch: Crazy Elbow Knockout as Calvin Kattar Knocks out Jeremy Stephens at UFC 249

Published 05/09/2020, 11:51 PM EDT

Jeremy Stephens came in over five pounds than the Featherweight limit ahead of his fight with Calvin Kattar. However, the added weight was not enough to bring him home. Kattar defeated the UFC veteran via an elbow strike, ending the fight in the second round.


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Stephens went right out of the gate as the fight started. It seemed as though he had closely studied Kattar’s recent setbacks against Zabit Magomedsharipov and Renato Moicano.

He pushed the pace while landing some heavy leg kicks on the fighter out of Boston. Kattar took some time to get in his groove. Just as the fight round was about to end Kattar landed a flush right hand that snapped Stephens’ head back.


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Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

The second round began with Kattar getting his boxing in place. Meanwhile, Stephens was relentless. The way the fight was progressing, it was evident that it could come to close at any moment. All it would take is just a clean strike from one of them and it would be lights out for the other one.


— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) May 10, 2020

Calvin Kattar landed an elbow that sent Jeremy Stephens to the ground

Around midway into the fight, Kattar was in his element as his boxing looked crisp. Despite his perfect punching, it was an elbow that caught Stephens right on his jaw. His leg buckled as “Lil Heathens” dropped to the floor.

CALVIN KATTAR GETS IT DONE! 😤@CalvinKattar closes the show in the second! #UFC249

— UFC (@ufc) May 10, 2020

While Jeremy fell to the floor, Kattar followed up with another elbow that busted the former’s face. Despite not being knocked out, Stephens was visibly dazed as the referee stopped the fight.

The fight drew some interesting fans from fellow UFC fighters watching from around the world.

That was a NASTY finish!!! #UFC249

— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) May 10, 2020

I just want to acknowledge kattars footwork. He switched stances flawlessly. Both fighters have great boxing. They are taking some to get some off and we are all here for it. Omg that was incredible. Jeremy is dripping 😳 #ufc249

— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) May 10, 2020

Wow! Calvin Kattar needs a top 5 Opponent! #UFC249

— Todd Duffee (@ToddDuffee) May 10, 2020


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With the win, Kattar has announced himself to the 145-pounds division. The next step for ‘The Boston Finisher’ should be to hunt for a top 5 opponent. At 32 years of age, Kattar has been fighting for a long time now.

On the other hand, Stephens hasn’t tasted victory in his last five Octagon appearances. The insult to Stephens’ injury is the fact that he will have to forfeit thirty percent of his purse as well to Kattar.


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The 13-year UFC veteran will surely have to think long and hard about his future in a division that is getting more and more stacked with time.


Rishabh Singh

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.