Josh Emmett vs. Jeremy Stephens Slated for February FOX Card
Just days after one UFC main event win, Jeremy Stephens already is set for another.
Stephens (27-14 MMA, 14-13 UFC) will make a quick turnaround from his TKO of Dooho Choi this past weekend to headline February’s UFC on FOX 28 event when he meets Josh Emmett (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in a key featherweight matchup.
UFC officials revealed the matchup to OrlandoSentinel.com.
UFC on FOX 28 takes place Feb. 28 at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. The main card airs live on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.
Stephens, an honorable mention in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, will make just a 41-day turnaround from beating Choi at UFC Fight Night 124. “Lil’ Heathen” took out the South Korean prospect in the second round, giving him consecutive victories for the first time in more than three years. UFC on FOX 28 will mark his 28th UFC appearances (tied for second most in company history) and his fourth headliner with the organization.
No. 12-ranked Emmett can continue to make waves in the 145-pound division with a win over Stephens. The Team Alpha Male product scored a huge upset knockout victory against Ricardo Lamas at UFC on FOX 26 in December, but received some blowback afterward for missing weight by several pounds. He said afterward he wouldn’t take another short-notice fight, but is confirmed for another matchup just over a month out from the event.
The latest UFC on FOX 28 card now includes:
- Jeremy Stephens vs. Josh Emmett
- Ilir Latifi vs. Ovince Saint Preux
- Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns
- Alan Jouban vs. Ben Saunders
- Jessica Andrade vs. Tecia Torres
- Max Griffin vs. Mike Perry
- Renan Barao vs. Brian Kelleher
- Sam Alvey vs. Marcin Prachnio
- Sara McMann vs. Marion Reneau
- Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Aleksandar Rakic
- Russel Doane vs. Rani Yahya
- David Branch vs. TBA
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