Jeremy Stephens is a slight favorite to defeat Josh Emmett on Saturday at UFC on FOX 28 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Stevens is 27-14 in his career, and on a two-fight winning streak, while Emmett is 13-1. There are four fights on the main card and nine preliminary bouts, with four on FOX and five on UFC Fight Pass. Let’s take a look at the card with a focus on Emmett vs. Stephens.
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Jeremy Stephens -155 vs. Josh Emmett
Stephens has a lot more experience than Emmett, but his record is not that great at 27-14. He has fought a lot in the UFC, but his overall UFC record is just 14-13. The one positive for Stephens is that he has won his last two fights, beating Gilbert Melendez by unanimous decision and knocking out Doo Ho Choi.
Emmett comes into this bout with a record of 13-1, but he does not have nearly as much experience as Stephens, as his UFC record is 4-1. Emmett has won his last two fights, beating Felipe Arantes by unanimous decision in October of last year and knocking out Ricardo Lamas in December.
The win by Emmett over Lamas has put him on the radar because it was a devastating knockout. “I just knew it was over,” Emmett told FloCombat about that win. “As soon as I connected I could feel…I don’t know, it’s different. Sometimes when you hit someone so hard, I could feel the punch through my glove into my knuckle and I just knew. I looked and he had fallen straight over and that’s why I just walked away.”
Emmett said that finishing Stephens will not be easy considering Stephens has never been knocked out at 145 pounds. “It’s going to be a tough fight,” Emmett said, “This is going to be the biggest fight of my career to date. I think it’s going to be my toughest opponent so far too. He’s a legend of the sport. He’s been in the UFC almost 11 years. He has over 40 pro fights, 27 of them coming in the UFC.”
I am really surprised that Stephens is favored in this fight. He does have a ton of experience, but he isn’t a great fighter and never has been. He wins one and then loses one. He is a solid fighter who beats who he is supposed to beat and loses against top fighters. The question is how good is Emmett? Is he a top fighter or just an average fighter? If he shows the power he did against Lamas then he will win this fight. If not, the fight will go to a decision and it could go either way. Regardless, I think the value is on Emmett and he is the pick in this one.
UFC FOX on 28 takes place on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, with a featherweight match between Josh Emmett and Jeremy Stephens as the event headliner. There are four fights on the main card and nine preliminary bouts, with four on FOX and five on UFC Fight Pass.
Main Card (FOX)
Featherweight - Jeremy Stephens -155 vs. Josh Emmett
Women’s Strawweight - Jessica Andrade -300 vs. Tecia Torres
Light Heavyweight – Ovince Saint Preux -125 vs. llir Latifi
Welterweight - Mike Perry -340 vs. Max Griffin
Preliminary Card (FOX)
Bantamweight – Renan Barao -155 vs. Brian Kelleher
Women’s Bantamweight – Sara McMann -215 vs. Marion Reneau
Women’s Strawweight – Angela Hill -130 vs. Maryna Moroz
Welterweight – Alan Jouban -235 vs. Ben Saunders
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Lightweight – Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Light Heavyweight – Sam Alvey vs. Marcin Prachnio
Bantamweight – Rani Yahya vs. Russell Doane
Flyweight – Eric Shelton vs. Alex Perez
Bantamweight – Albert Morales vs. Manny Bermudez
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