UFC 205: Frankie Edgar vs Jeremy Stephens

Next up for preview is the final bout of the prelims, Frankie Edgar v Jeremy Stephens in a featherweight collision as both fighters look to put forward a win streak worthy of a title fight.

Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (20-5) comes in to this fight looking to avenge his UFC 200 loss to Jose Aldo which impressively is his only defeat since they both fought for the first time in February 2013. In between this period, Edgar looked unbeatable securing 5 wins over high profile opponents including B.J Penn, Urijah Faber and Chad Mendes which helped secure him the interim title shot against the Brazilian at UFC 200 which he lost via unanimous decision.

Although Jeremy Stephens (25-12) is better known lately for being on the receiving end of a verbal beating by Conor McGregor at the UFC 205 press conference in September as he attempted to put forward his claim as one of the best knockout artists in the featherweight division and was quickly shot down, his experience inside the octagon must not be overlooked. Stephens has fought twenty three times for the promotion holding a UFC record of 12-11 proving his worth with wins over Cole Miller, Rafael dos Anjos and Dennis Bermudez along the way.

Stylistically, both fighters come from a wrestling background and have similarly evolved into competent strikers with effective ground and pound, making them similar martial artists in their approach. The main difference between both is Frankie Edgar’s speed going up against the power of Stephens. Although power is Stephens’ strongest asset, setting up and carrying through a knockout punch against an opponent as shifty as Edgar, may prove difficult pull off. As a former UFC champion with a wealth of experience, Edgar will no doubt ensure he does not leave himself wide open for a fight finishing haymaker and should look to put together a string of attacks of his own in a quick manner. Both fighters are extremely durable and can take punishment, there will be no surprise if this one goes the distance.

Overall, a great match up to complete the prelims and one that will no doubt be highly entertaining for UFC fans on November 12th.

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