A featherweight matchup between Rony Jason (13-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Jeremy Stephens (21-9 MMA, 8-8 UFC) has been targeted for as as-yet-unannounced event expected to serve as UFC Fight Night 29.
The bout is expected to take place on Oct. 9 in Brazil, at a city and venue to be determined. The night’s main card is expected to air on FOX Sports 1, but official plans have yet to be revealed.
The Jason vs. Stephens contest was first reported by MMAWeekly.com, and Stephens also took to Facebook to confirm his participation.
“Looks like my first trip to Brazil will be fighting in hostile territory on a UFC main card,” Stephens wrote. “Now we just need a certain someone to confirm to lock this up.”
Jason, a 29-year-old Brazilian native, was the featherweight winner of the debut season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.” He claimed that season’s tournament crown with a UFC 147 win over Godofredo Pepey and has since registered two more official wins after earning stoppage victories over Mike Wilkinson and Sam Sicilia.
Meanwhile, Stephens returns to action after a successful featherweight debut in May, scoring a decision win over Estevan Payan at UFC 160. The much-needed result snapped a three-fight losing streak for “Lil’ Heathen,” who had fallen short against Yves Edwards, Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis.
For more on UFC Fight Night 29, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.