A lightweight bout between Jeremy Stephens and newcomer Ronnys Torres has been booked for UFC Fight Night 19, according to MMAjunkie, and is expected to be finalized soon.
Stephens (16-5) faces a must-win matchup after suffering back-to-back losses to Joe Lauzon and Gleison Tibau in his most recent bouts. “Lil Heathen” had previously won 3 of 4 UFC fights, earning Knockout of the Night honors with a third-round KO of Rafael dos Anjos in November as well as wins over Cole Miller and Diego Saraiva, while suffering a decision loss to Spencer Fisher.
Torres (14-1), who has fought exclusively in Brazil over his 15-fight career, suffered his lone loss in September 2007 and has since bounced back with 8-straight victories, only one of which went the distance, to earn a contract with the UFC. He had been slated to debut against Melvin Guillard at UFC Fight Night 18 earlier this year, but was forced to withdraw from the fight due to a knee injury.
[Pictured: Jeremy Stephens]