Jeremy Stephens doesn’t exactly have a long history of trouble with the scale, having only missed weight in twice in his 32 UFC fights. But when it does happen, he seems to miss by a decent margin. The former lightweight and longtime featherweight action mainstay came in 3 lbs over the lightweight limit back in 2009, for a fight against Gleison Tibau. And 4.5 lbs over the featherweight limit for his 2015 bout against Dennis Bermudez.
This Firday, in Jacksonville, FL, Stephens missed the featherweight mark again for his fight against Calvin Kattar, scheduled for the PPV portion of UFC 249. ‘Lil’ Heathen’ stepped on the scale at 150.5 lbs, with the assistance of a commission official who was clearly a bit unused to the finer mechanics of the UFC’s privacy hoop.
Jeremy Stephens llegó en 150.5 libras, 4.5 arriba del limite de peso pluma. Están negociando con Calvin Kattar para que tome la pelea. Creo que si Stephens pierde, será su última pelea en UFC. #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/kQ2p7Cr6it
— Fanáticos del MMA GT (@fanaticosMMAGT) May 8, 2020
Pretty sure that’s supposed to go around the fighter, dudes.
MMA Junkie reports that the fight will go ahead, as a catchweight bout, with Stephens getting fined for his weigh-in miss. Good news for fans banking on their matchup as an all-action war to anchor the UFC 249 pay-per-view. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more news and updates as fight night approaches.