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