UFC 136: Anthony Pettis vs Jeremy Stephens announced for Oct. 8 in Houston, Texas

Seriously, this is getting ridiculous.

UFC 136: "Edgar vs. Maynard 3," which is scheduled for Oct. 8 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, continues to fill out with outstanding match-ups, the latest of which will feature a lightweight showdown pitting Anthony Pettis vs. Jeremy Stephens.

The promotion announced the fight booking just a short time ago.

Of course, the reason for this event getting such a great fight card is largely due to the fact that the next UFC Fan Expo will be held that same weekend in "The Lone Star State."

Have fun, you spoiled Texans.

Pettis makes his way down south following his Octagon debut against Clay Guida, a close fight that he lost via unanimous decision. Instead of pouting, though, "Showtime" took his lumps and used it as a learning experience.

We'll see just how much he's learned when he squares off against a "Lil' Heathen."

Statistics have a long way to go in its application to MMA but here's one that may shock you: Jeremy Stephens has been fighting for just six years and already has 26 fights, 12 of which have come inside the Octagon.

He's 7-5 in those 12 bouts, and he's won his last two in a row, sending Marcus Davis out of the promotion and up to Canada and disposing of Danny Downes just last month.

Stephens has been up and down when he's been given a step up in competition, which Pettis undoubtedly represents.

How will he do? Either way, this is a win for fight fans everywhere.

UFC 136 quickly went from barren and potentially boring to a stacked, must-see pay-per-view. The card will be headlined by the third and final fight between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard with Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian occupying the co-main event slot.

If that's not enough for you, a veritable number one middleweight contender bout pitting a returning Chael Sonnen against "All American" Brian Stann is also going down in "Space City."

And to top it all off, the list of incredible match-ups recently booked for the card include Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago, Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon and Dave Herman vs. Mike Russow.

For all the latest news and notes -- and there are plenty -- for UFC 136 be sure to check out our event archive right here.

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