The UFC have confirmed that Zabit Magomedsharipov’s rise through the featherweight ranks will see him take on Jeremy Stephens at UFC 235
Ariel Helwani of ESPN reported first that the UFC are looking to bolster March’s UFC 235 with a pivotal featherweight clash between two of the most exciting fighters on the roster.
Now, the UFC have confirmed that the fight will take place on UFC 235.
— UFC (@ufc) December 18, 2018
The last time we saw Jeremy Stephens in action, he was on the receiving end of a TKO loss to the former-champion José Aldo – a brutal body shot that brought a steady period of solid pressure from ‘Lil Heathen’ to a swift end.
Zabit Magomedsharipov has been seen as one of the finest prospects in MMA in any division and while he has been aiming to get himself in there with the elite featherweights of the world, several last-minute pullouts have stunted his progress somewhat.
UFC 235 already plays host to showdowns between Mickey Gall and Diego Sanchez, Tecia Torres and Weili Zhang, and, of course, the UFC debut of Ben Askren – who faces the legendary former-champ Robbie Lawler.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena