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Midnight Mania! UFC reportedly booking Edson Barboza vs. Jeremy Stephens for October 3rd

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Per a report from Combate, Featherweight violence will make an appearance on October 3, 2020, as veteran knockout artists Edson Barboza and Jeremy Stephens will square off.

There are currently just a handful of fights loosely attached to UFC’s planned event on October 3, 2020, and especially in these pandemic circumstances, fight bookings two months out are always subject to change. However, there’s now reason to be excited, and hope at least this clash of Featherweights holds firm until showtime.

Admittedly, neither man has been doing particularly well as of late. Barboza has lost three straight bouts, though two of them were rather debatable split-decision losses — Barboza even appealed them both!

This will be his second fight at 145 lbs.

As for Stephens, his current five-fight winless streak (four losses, one “No Contest”) has seen “Lil Heathen” represent himself better than his record indicates. He’s gone through blood-and-guts wars of attrition with several of the division’s top contenders, proving that there’s still gas left in the tank 13 years into his UFC career.

Really, this bout is what’s great about MMA. Does it matter at least on viewing night that these two longtime action fighters are not winning consistently? No! It’s still likely to be an amazing fight, one equally likely to end via early knockout or see both men batter one another for the full 15 minutes.

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