Calvin “The Boston Finisher” Kattar, 32, of Methuen, Massachusetts, United States was one of the winners at “UFC 249.” It was his fifth victory in the mixed martial arts promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Featuring 11 MMA matches, “UFC 249” took place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA on May 9, 2020. In the eighth bout of the evening, Kattar fought Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephes, 33, of Des Moines, Iowa, USA in the featherweight division.
Jason Herzog served as the referee. He put a stop to the featherweight contest after 2 minutes and 42 seconds in the second round when Kattar knocked out Stephens via elbows and punches.
Competing professionally since 2007, Kattar joined the UFC in 2017. The first four opponents the Methuen native defeated in the promotion were Andre Fili, Shane Burgos, Chris Fishgold and Ricardo Lamas.
Winning at “UFC 249” improved the professional MMA record of Kattar to 21 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Stephens now has 28 wins, 18 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest.
Seven countries were represented at “UFC 249” namely were Brazil, Cameroon, Cape Verde, France, Russia, Suriname and the U.S. Kattar and Stephens were two of the 16 representatives of the U.S.
While almost all major international sports events have been either cancelled or postponed, the UFC held “UFC 249” amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As of May 9, 2020, the U.S. listed 1,346,354 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 80,007 died from a disease caused by the virus and 236,825 recovered from it.