UFC Orlando Main Card Preview

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The UFC is coming back to Orlando with UFC on Fox: Emmett vs Stephens for the first time since December 2015, UFC on Fox: Cerrone vs dos Anjos 2 this Saturday, February 24th.  The event is being headlined by featherweights #7 Jeremy Stephens and #4 Josh Emmett.

Stephens (27-14) is on a two fight winning streak, both times earning Fight of the Night bonuses.  His last fight was in January where he beat rising prospect Doo Ho Choi (14-3) with a second round TKO.

Stephens is one of the hardest hitting featherweights in the UFC.  His power can be seen below where he knocked out Marcus Davis at UFC 125 via the UFC’s YouTube page.

https://youtu.be/O_GaHfaFTdY

Stephens has been fighting professionally since 2005 and has been with the UFC since 2007.  Stephens has also won a Knockout of the Night bonus three times and Fight of the Night bonus five times with the organization.

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Emmett on the other hand has only been fighting professionally since 2011 and in the UFC since 2016.  Emmett rose up the rankings after his last fight against former number-one contender Ricardo Lamas.  Emmett knocked out Lamas at UFC on Fox: Lawler vs dos Anjos in the first round in December 2017.  Emmett did miss weight, but did also take the fight on short notice.

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In the co-main event, the women take the stage.  #2 Jéssica Andrade and former number-one contender will square off with #5 Tecia Torres.  Andrade (17-6) bounced back after the biggest loss of her career for a UFC title against Joanna Jędrzejczyk via unanimous decision by defeated two-time number-one contender Cláudia Gadelha.  Andrade has been one of the more exciting fighters in the strawweight division, winning a bonus in three of her last four fights.

Torres (10-1) has only one loss in her career and that is to current title holder Rose Namajunas. Jędrzejczyk and Namajunas are fighting at UFC 223, a rematch after Namajunas knocked out Jędrzejczyk at UFC 217.  The winner of Torres and Andrade should be next in line for a shot at the title.

Another former number one-contender, Ovince Saint Preux, is fighting Ilir Latifi in top-ten matchup between light heavyweights.  #5 Saint Preux (22-10) was won three in a row after losing three in a row.  In his last two fights, he won Performance of the Night bonuses.

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#8 Latifi (13-5) is quietly climbing the light heavyweight rankings.  The one knock on Latifi is whenever he faces the better light heavyweight UFC fighters, he doesn’t come away with his hand raised.  Saint Preux would be by far the biggest win of his career.

The fight kicking off the main card is between Mike Perry and Max Griffin.  Perry (11-2) is one of the more exciting fighters in the welterweight division.  Perry not only has won all of his fights via knockout, he is also exciting on the mic.  The two losses he has suffered are from decisions.  Those opponents kept the fight technical and didn’t get into a slugfest with Perry, which is more of Perry’s style.

Griffin (13-4) is a well-rounded fighter, winning seven fights by knockouts, four by decision and two by submission.  Look for Griffin to avoid getting into a brawl early and try and frustrate Perry, bringing him into the later rounds.

The Fight Pass Prelims start at 4:00.  The next portion of prelims begin at 6:00 and will be shown on Fox Sports 1.  The main card starts at 8:00 and will be available on Fox.