Jeremy Stephens came in heavy for UFC 249.
A longtime octagon veteran, “Lil’ Heathen” is booked to face Calvin Kattar in a featherweight bout Saturday night in Jacksonville, Fla., but came in at 150.5 pounds at the official weigh-ins Friday morning.
Kattar weighed in at 146 pounds.
Kattar’s coach, Tyson Chartier, later confirmed the fight will proceed. Per the UFC, Stephens will pay Kattar 30 percent of his fight purse.
Yes, the fight is on. #UFC249— Tyson Chartier (@TysonChartier) May 8, 2020
Stephens (28-17, 1 no-contest) is coming off a four-fight winless skid with losses to Jose Aldo, Zabit Magomedsharipov and Yair Rodriguez. That streak also includes a no-contest against Rodriguez.
“Lil’ Heathen” missed weight twice before as a UFC fighter, once as a lightweight, against Gleison Tibau in 2009, and for a 2015 featherweight clash with Dennis Bermudez. Stephens lost a decision to Tibau and knocked out Bermudez.
UFC 249 is headlined by a pair of championship fights, Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje for an interim 155-pound belt and Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz for the bantamweight throne. All four fighters made weight.
Watch the UFC 249 official weigh-ins below.