Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) confirmed the pivotal 145-pound primetime showdown on Tuesday.
Stephens, a former Lightweight, was last seen beating the breaks off Rony Jason at UFC Fight Night 32: "Belfort vs. Henderson 2," scoring one of the sickest first round knockouts mixed martial arts (MMA) fans will ever see (watch it here). "Lil' Heathen" need just 40 seconds to get the job done, which upset Jason so terribly that he took out his frustration on a wall backstage and was later penalized for his actions.
The 27-year-old now sits at (22-9) and looks to notch his first ever three-fight UFC winning streak at the expense of Elkins.
Elkins (17-3), meanwhile, has won seven of his nine fights under the Zuffa banner, most recently out-pointing Hatsu Hioki at UFC Fight Night 27. But, most will remember when he stepped in on short notice for Clay Guida at UFC on Fox 7 and met a surging Chad Mendes.
The Hoosier met a similar fate Jason, losing in 68 seconds to the man called "Money."
Jeremy Stephens vs. Darren Elkins will be a clash of fight styles that could find its way onto the televised main card, or at the very least, atop the "Prelims" under card because of the potential for crowd-pleasing fireworks.
UFC on FOX 10 will be headlined by former UFC Lightweight champion,