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20 Feb 2018 by TSZ

MMA Preview – Josh Emmett vs Jeremy Stephens at UFC on Fox 28

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC on Fox 28? Saturday 24th February, 2018 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on Fox 28? Amway Center, Orlando, Florida (US)

What channel is UFC on Fox 28 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC on Fox 28? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC on Fox 28? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Josh Emmett and Jeremy Stephens make an enthralling headliner in Orlando with both featherweights packing threatening power. Stephens has displayed this power throughout his long career but Emmett put everyone on notice in his last fight.

Not on many people’s radar at the time – he stepped in late notice to take on the perennial top contender Ricardo Lamas in December 2017. He questioned his underdog status by landing one of the cleanest left hooks you’ll see, sending Lamas to sleep with one punch. This surprising display of power stretched his winning streak to two after his sole loss to Desmond Green.

This two-fight winning streak and power is matched and then some by Stephens and is what makes the fight so exciting with the winner likely to edge towards a shot at Max Holloway’s title.

THE PREDICTION

A wealth of experience mixed with a great run of form is a potent combination and just about makes Stephens the favourite. We should be prepared to see a complete display of skills between these two well-rounded athletes and even though their intensity could spill out into mini brawls – fight IQ will play a crucial role in the fight.

A decision win for Emmett is very likely with great grappling and a gas tank to match but if Stephens can pace himself and use his experience to avoid the power shots and takedowns of Emmett, he can set up his destructive striking – whether that be punches, kicks or knees and how accurate he is could decide how long the fight lasts.

Winner: Stephens via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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