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“Showtime” set for October showdown with Jeremy Stephens in the Lone Star State

UFC officials could have their hands full on October 8 when it comes selecting a “Fight of the Night” winner after recently adding yet another rhubarb ripe with award-winning potential to the UFC 136 lineup. According to an official statement from the organization, human highlight reel Anthony Pettis and aggressive striker Jeremy Stephens have agreed to scrap at the fall stop in Houston, joining a card already featuring a handful of their divisional peers in similarly intriguing match-ups.

While Pettis and Stephens have never fought each other before they crossed paths in a manner of speaking last month at the Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale where the former faced top contender Clay Guida and the latter took on Pettis’ fellow Roufusport product Danny Downes.

The 24-year old Pettis was ultimately outpointed at the event by Guida after winning four straight in WEC, including a victory against Ben Henderson to become the promotion’s final 155-pound champion, before taking his talents to the Octagon. Nicknamed “Showtime” due to his exciting, energetic style of attack, Pettis holds an overall record of 13-2 with a near-even split between submission and strike-based wins including a knockout of Danny Castillo and choke of Shane Roller.

Stephens has emerged as one of the toughest draws at lightweight over the past few years, an opinion supported by success in four of his last five fights with the lone stumble coming by way of very close Split Decision to Melvin Guillard last September. The 3X “Knockout of the Night” winner has finished seventeen of the twenty opponents he’s beaten, fourteen via TKO, while racking up stoppages against Justin Buchholz, Marcus Davis, Rafael dos Anjos, and Cole Miller during his run in the UFC.

UFC 136 is headlined by a pair of title-fights with lightweight champ Frank Edgar putting his belt on the line against Gray Maynard in what will likely serve as the completion of their exciting trilogy and dynamic Brazilian Jose Aldo taking on seasoned veteran Ken Florian in featherweight action. Other notable pairings attached to the show include Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon, Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago, and Brian Stann vs. Chael Sonnen.


  • Makington says:

    It’s going to be nice to see Pettis finally face someone who will not only shoot for the takedown against him. Not only that, but also someone with more than enough power to threaten Pettis at any time. I’m thinking Pettis can win this based on his speed, variety of strikes, and what I think is a small cardio advantage. Stephens does has legit one punch power which is so rare at lw though so I can’t count him out. I don’t think I’ve seen Pettis take some hard shots the way Stephens can and will throw them so that is a bit of a question mark to me.

    This is definitely one of the fights I’m looking forward to the most right now though. I get that Pettis doesn’t want to make himself predictable, but how can he not go crazy and try some of those insane kicks to a guy who won’t even try to block them and go for a takedown?

  • this is awesome. Showtime should win this one, this is just a bad fight for Jeremy

  • While i think this IS a bad match for lil heathen, so was marcus davis and dos anjos and look how THAT turned out.

  • stone says:

    I was wondering what was up with Jeremy… I wanted to see him & melvin settle that buhshit dec in the 1st fight… But wtf??? Stephens vs Pettis?… NO COMPLAINTS HERE!

  • Dufresne says:

    Holy shit, what a card!


    Pettis-by all acounts should win this-But I don’t think he’s ever been in the cage with a real street brawler-should be interesting at best


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