Add a potential featherweight barnburner to the growing list of high-profile bouts at November’s UFC 205 from Madison Square Garden.
Edgar will seek to rebound from his second unanimous decision loss to Jose Aldo. The two threw down for the interim 145-pound belt at July 9’s UFC 200, where ‘Junior’ edged the answer to remain the only man to beat ‘The Answer’ twice (or at all) at 145 pounds. There was talk of of Edgar cutting down yet another weight class to fight for the 135-pound belt, but nothing came of the speculation.
Hailing from nearby Toms River, New Jersey, Edgar will be faced with a pivotal bout in front of his family and friends as he attempts to claw his way back to another elusive title.
Stephens, on the other hand, has very little to lose, as he has the opportunity to score a two-fight win streak over some top names after his decision win over former bantamweight champ Renan Barao in his last fight. “Lil’ Heathen” is well known for putting on some of the most exciting bouts in the UFC. He’s won two out of his last three, with the only loss in that period to surging contender Max Holloway, who’s won nine in a row.
Edgar vs. Stephens will join a growing UFC 205 lineup that added Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero today, Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum, and Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy. Less than two months away from the hyped and historic card, UFC 205 does not yet have a main event in place, although Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight belt has been rumored.