Fight fans are in for a real treat tonight (Sat., Sept. 9, 2017) at UFC 215 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, when willing brawler Jeremy Stephens welcomes former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez to the featherweight ranks.
In preparation for the “Fight of the Night” candidate, UFC featured Stephens in the most recent edition of “KO of the Week.” This time, the action focuses around Stephens’ meeting with Brazilian finisher Rony Jason at UFC Fight Night 32 back in 2013. It was just Stephens’ second appearance at 145 pounds, but one of his most memorable Octagon performances to date. In just a matter of 40 seconds, “Lil Heathen” blasted Jason with a ferocious head kick that instantly put the Brazilian out along the cage.
While it’s going to be difficult for Stephens to finish Melendez like he did Jason, the 31-year-old still packs enough punch, and kick, to flatten almost anyone in the featherweight division. Stephens is currently riding a two-fight losing streak so he’ll need a memorable performance at UFC 215 to stay afloat within the top 10.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 215 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.