MMA Preview – José Aldo vs Jeremy Stephens at UFC on Fox 30

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC on Fox 30? Sunday 29th April, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on Fox 30? Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Canada

What channel is UFC on Fox 30 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC on Fox 30? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC on Fox 30? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

We have another barnburner for the co-main even in Alberta as Jeremy Stephens has been awarded with a match-up he has been dreaming about for the majority of his fighting career. José Aldo returns but he is coming off two devastating TKO finishes to Max Holloway. Contrastingly, Stephens is coming off three wins with two blistering knockouts to Doo Ho Choi and Josh Emmett.

These two veterans are arguably the two heaviest hitters in the division which makes any fight they are involved in exciting but as they meet each other we expect nothing less than fireworks in the octagon.

THE PREDICTION

With the power they both possess, either man can wake up to a flashlight and this fight will have all the fans on the edge of their seats for as long as it lasts. Movement - particularly head movement - will be key for both men with Stephens relying on his scary one-punch knockout power whereas Aldo will rely more on his combinations and thunderous leg kicks.

Stephens has the form but interestingly, Aldo has not prepared for a three-round fight since 2009 so could come out even more explosive than usual. On the feet, Aldo has only had trouble against taller rangy fighters (Holloway and Conor McGregor) but he has to prepare for the knockout threat of Stephens.

Leg kicks will be key for Aldo in interrupting the rhythm of Stephens and avoiding his right hand. If he has put those losses to Holloway behind him we will surely see that stand-up quality that made him a featherweight legend but the durability of Stephens may take this to the final bell.

Winner: Aldo via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.