Power punchers go head to head in Orlando as two of the UFC’s hardest-hitting featherweights meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday.
Josh Emmett faces Jeremy Stephens in a bout that will propel the winner one step closer to a shot at the 145-pound title, but who has the edge in their pivotal clash?
We take a look at the key stats, trends and intangibles to preview the card’s main event.
Both men are on two-fight winning streaks in the featherweight division, but Emmett has the longer win streak overall.
The Team Alpha Male product has only recently switched weight classes, moving down from 155lbs to 145lbs last year following a split-decision loss to Desmond Green at UFC 210. Since dropping to featherweight, Emmett has gone 2-0, beating Brazilian Felipe Arantes by unanimous decision, then announcing himself as a legitimate threat to the division’s best with a stunning one-punch knockout of former title challenger Ricardo Lamas at UFC on Fox in Winnipeg last December.
UFC veteran Stephens is enjoying a career resurgence, having rebounded brilliantly from back-to-back decision losses to Frankie Edgar and Renato Moicano with a pair of hugely impressive victories.