Jonathan Brookins has been forced to withdraw from his lightweight bout with Jeremy Stephens at “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 13 Finale. Stepping in for the “TUF 12” winner will be former WEC talent Daniel Downes.

The promotion announced the news Tuesday afternoon, confirming that the bout has been agreed to verbally. Headlined by a pivotal lightweight confrontation between Clay Guida and WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, the event goes down June 4 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

Representing the Roufusport camp, Downes has been beaten only once as a professional. After falling to Chris Horodecki in his June WEC debut, “Danny Boy” rebounded with a unanimous decision over Tiequan Zhang at WEC 53 in December. Most recently, the Illinois native was victorious in a bout outside of the Zuffa umbrella, submitting Tory Bogguess with a first-round triangle choke on May 6.

Known for his punching power, Stephens has won three of his last four contests inside the Octagon. The 24-year-old “Lil’ Heathen” kicked off 2010 with a victory, edging out fellow striker Sam Stout at UFC 113. Stephens would find himself in another close fight at UFC 119, coming up on the short end of a split verdict against Melvin Guillard. Most recently, Stephens earned “Knockout of the Night” honors at UFC 125 on Jan. 1, notching a third-round knockout of Marcus Davis.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Alan Jouban injured, Omari Akhmedov meets Brian Ebersole at UFC Fight Night 68

  • 4 days ago
  • 0 views

Alan Jouban has been forced to withdraw from a planned bout in his home state, and Omari Akhmedov has stepped in as a replacement opponent against Brian Ebersole.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Glory 20 Update: Pat Barry out injured, featherweight title fight added

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC heavyweight veteran Pat Barry has been forced to withdraw from Glory 20, but a featherweight title fight between Gabriel Varga and Mosab Amrani has been added in replacement. Pat Barry has been f read news >>

'TUF: Latin America' winner Alejandro Perez meets Patrick Williams at UFC 188

  • 4 days ago
  • 0 views

The UFC’s return to Mexico in June has a new bantamweight matchup on tap: Alejandro Perez vs. Patrick Williams. Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

TUF Lineal titles: Who are the real Ultimate Fighters?

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 views

Tim B. takes a look at who the current lineal title holder is for every single Ultimate Fighter show over the years. Do you ever find yourself sitting around thinking "I wonder who the TUF lineal cha read news >>

Second Season of TUF Latin America Begins Filming on March 17

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC® welterweight Kelvin Gastelum and lightweight Efrain Escudero named coaches. Series slated to air on Televisa Channel 5 in Mexico, UFC Network and additional Free-to-Air Networks in Latin Ame read news >>

Video: Check out the new format, bad blood on 'TUF 21: ATT vs. Blackzilians'

  • 27 days ago
  • 18 views

If the trailer is a real indication of what’s to come, the UFC may have given “The Ultimate Fighter” series exactly what it needed: a real overhaul.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Kelvin Gastelum, Efrain Escudero named head coaches of 'TUF: Latin America 2'

  • 27 days ago
  • 4 views

The second season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America” has its coaches, and they’re no strangers to the UFC’s long-running reality show.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

TUF Latin America 2 Revealed with Kelvin Gastelum and Efrain Escudero | MMAWeekly.com

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

Following a highly successful inaugural season, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America is returning for its sophomore fun. read news >>

Kelvin Gastelum, Efrain Escudero to act as coaches for TUF Latin America 2

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

Kelvin Gastelum might be moving up in weight, but he's also making other moves as well. The former UFC welterweight contender, who is headed to middleweight, will be one of the coaches on the second read news >>